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can I turn off the transfer case?

I would like to tow my 2000 E320 Wagon 4MATIC preferably wheels down or maybe on a tow dolly behind my motorhome when it is ready and one of the guys wondered if I can turn off the transfer case and have the car freewheel? I would rather not have to trailer the car and perhaps this might be a viable option.

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If you disconnect both front and rear driveshafts then yes you can freewheel otherwise no.
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I was thinking about it when I was driving motorhome and at the time I figured out the best thing is buy enclosed trailer.
This way no hassle with protecting transmission, you will wear cheap trailer tires, not expensive MB tires, all the paint chips will accumulate on trailer and than you can use trailer for additional crap you might use on travel.
Not even talking that in some areas you have to lay down in the mud to disconnect car from dolly.
The only issue is storage of trailer once you get to your destination, but those days most of RV parks do offer drive-thru sites.
Even with my sons out of the house I use truck camper now, I bought such trailer for cargo purpose and kept my MB in it for sun protection.
Bought for about $3500 new, it is V-nose 16' .
Pretty handy and even I don't need trailer anymore, I keep it as tool shed on my yard.
Heck Home Depot charge 5 grands for big sheds.

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Most people who flat tow vehicles that can't disengage the wheels from the axles use a driveshaft disconnect.
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