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1999 E300TD towing capacity?

Hi everyone, I am new to the site so I am still getting used to everything here. I couldnt find a search bar to search the threads for this topic so I'm gonna ask this in my own thread

I have a 1999 E300TD, with 200,000 miles. Great runner. I sold my truck, and am trying to figure out how to tow my jetskis and trailer (1500lbs) and my flatbed for dirtbikes (1000lbs fully loaded)

I've done some research, although the info is scarce, it seems like these cars, once installed with a hitch, can tow around 2,000lbs. In this case, I know my skis and trailer are around 1500lbs (480lbs for each ski, 400ish pounds for the trailer). I did more research and U-Haul sells a 2000lb approved hitch for 150 bucks. I can do the install myself, and I am planning on installing a bigger trans cooler. In this case, I dont know the history of the car and if it ever had any trans work or even oil changes done, so ill also be having the trans shop to check the fluid and top it off, but not drain and change it.

I do hae alot of experience with these cars, my dad has had 2 since 1998 and Ive been driving them for 3 years.

With y'alls experience, do you think my situation is too heavy for the car? Again, Trailer will be max 1500ish pounds. Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated!
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Bare in mind in CA any trailer rated 1500lb or more needs to have brakes.


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Bare in mind in CA any trailer rated 1500lb or more needs to have brakes.
Very true! In this case I am looking at a new set of skis on a double trailer soon, so Ill have to ask the seller if the trailer has brakes
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Bare in mind in CA any trailer rated 1500lb or more needs to have brakes.
How much did that load weigh? And from what I know, the UK OM606's had a bigger transmission cooler, so I bet that helps your effort. They came with hitches too from the factory.
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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.


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Found this in older topics.


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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

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There is no factory hitch for MB.
The best are made by Westfalia.
I tried to import hide-a-hitch from Poland with 2.5t rating, but shipping was cost prohibitive, while using it with US underrated capacity would bring legal issues.
You push a button and hitch is on. You push it second time and it is gone.


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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.
Thats crazy. For me, hitch rating is no problem as ill never tow anything thatll surpass 2,000lbs. For me, I was worried about the abuse 1500lbs, or 750ish kilos, will put on the transmission of my E300. It seems like that worry is kind of unneccesary if people are putting over 2 tons behind these cars.
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There is no factory hitch for MB.
The best are made by Westfalia.
I tried to import hide-a-hitch from Poland with 2.5t rating, but shipping was cost prohibitive, while using it with US underrated capacity would bring legal issues.
You push a button and hitch is on. You push it second time and it is gone.
I know in the US there is not a factory hitch but in the UK there was. I looked and uHaul has some hitches thatll work on the W210 chassis but are only rated for 2,000lbs, which for me is more than enough. I am just worried about the health of the trans with 200k on it, but it seems like people are throwing much, much more behind their 722.6 transmissions
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