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06-19-2019 05:56 PM
Kajtek1
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Originally Posted by BenzFanToronto View Post
Hello,
I want to Transport my 1970 w108 from Toronto to Los Angeles. I have a 1997 E420. Figured it would be cheaper to do a road trip and buy a trailer and sell it when i get to my destination. I am wondering if this is possible / comfortable on my car.

Or is this dangerous and unwise. I see people towing all sorts of stuff. My 97 e420 has 70000km on it so i dont want to ruin it with a 4000km Journey

Any advise or trailer hitches / trailers to buy would be appreciated.

Thanks
Beside the need for strong hitch, that was never available in America, you will have legal issue.
Those wagons/sedans never have been rated for heavy towing on this continent, however if the vehicle has US registration - you can register it as a commercial with high GCVWR.
That would satisfy potential DOT control.
No clue how the legal side looks in Canada.
06-19-2019 11:30 AM
Deplore I honestly don't know. I know in Europe people tow much higher weights with their 2.0 supercharged Mercedes, but then again the towing standards are different. Over there they have a minimum of 5% tongue weight, over here it's a minimum of 15%.
06-19-2019 11:04 AM
BenzFanToronto Im just curious at a 4000km Trip .. Will it kill my transmission. Brakes can be changed but i do not want to wreck my transmission. I think my w108 weighs are 1.8 Tons + Trailer weight.
06-19-2019 11:00 AM
boyd waugh
Full of water?

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Originally Posted by Kajtek1 View Post
Per owner statement that swimming pool on the trailer was about 2800 kg.
All European hitches for W210 are 2.5 tons rated.
If you seek the forum, our UK member hook up 3 tons to his W210 wagon.
Was the pool filled?
06-18-2019 10:05 PM
BenzFanToronto
1997 E420 W210 Towing

Hello,
I want to Transport my 1970 w108 from Toronto to Los Angeles. I have a 1997 E420. Figured it would be cheaper to do a road trip and buy a trailer and sell it when i get to my destination. I am wondering if this is possible / comfortable on my car.

Or is this dangerous and unwise. I see people towing all sorts of stuff. My 97 e420 has 70000km on it so i dont want to ruin it with a 4000km Journey

Any advise or trailer hitches / trailers to buy would be appreciated.

Thanks
12-18-2017 05:04 PM
Kajtek1 Flex disks are wearable and age regardless mileage.
12-18-2017 03:49 PM
Tiger_one I had a friend with W124 wagon break the flex discs on a trip pulling motorcycle trailer with 4 dirt bikes plus a bunch of gear in the wagon.

I checked my discs at 200k and there were small cracks, so I replaced them.
06-21-2016 02:25 PM
rshemirani
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Originally Posted by Kajtek1 View Post
You worry too much
Better to be safe than sorry? Lol. Ill take it as a compliment. I think I get the message, I'm gonna be fine. My concern was just the high miles on my trans but with more research not only have I seen the 722.6 trans in the ML320 with a 5k towing rating, but people with high miles towing all the time.
06-21-2016 01:33 PM
Kajtek1 You worry too much
06-21-2016 10:55 AM
rshemirani
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Originally Posted by Deplore View Post
Of course, the problem is trying to get the factory hitch here in USA. Guess good old Americans think that only trucks can tow heavy stuff.....lol
Haha yeah, I just sold my Ford F350 7.3 because I realized I just didnt use it for what it was intended. Tossing 3 bikes in the bed or towing a 1500lb jetski trailer didnt need 650lbft of torque. For me like ive said, my only worry is the life of the stock auto 722.6 trans with 200k, towing 1500ish lbs
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