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Just finished installing an original MB detachable towbar (A1073100195), here are some pictures.

The 19 kg towbar attachment also strengthened the rear significantly. An Audi which rear ended my car broke the front bumpers, attachments and both headlights. Only a minor dent to the rear vallance of my car.

Works well, but needed to install trailer lights relays to avoid blowing fuses.

I have much more info if anyone is interested.
 

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Wow, I had no idea there was a tow package available for the 107! I do not see a Taw ball there, how does it connect to a trailer?
 

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Hchaugli,

My 1986 500SL was originally equiped with the factory tow package. Unfortunately, some previous owner eliminated it. The rear valance possesses two small holes for it.

Could you please tell me where you obtained the original tow package? I would be interested in re-installing one (just for originality purposes - not for use).

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Too funny! I never would have thought it.

On the other hand, I have wondered if there was a luggage rack for it, but I wouldn't want to put holes in the boot lid.
 

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Roof rack, luggage rack, tow hitch were all options.

I, for one, would like more info on the tow hitch.

There are some neat little camping trailers that would be perfect.
 

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Roof rack, luggage rack, tow hitch were all options.

I, for one, would like more info on the tow hitch.

There are some neat little camping trailers that would be perfect.
There is an outfit in Wisconsin that makes a custom, all aluminum camper that resembles the old aerostream trailers of old--some small enough to tow with a three wheeler.

The luggage rack would be nice for a road trip. Are they attached by bolt or suction?
 

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Roof rack, luggage rack, tow hitch were all options.

I, for one, would like more info on the tow hitch.

There are some neat little camping trailers that would be perfect.
Andy Thomson an Airstream dealer in London, would be the fella for installing hitches.

One of those small vintage Airstreams pulled behind a 107 would look good.

Good luck
 

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A hitch on, and towing with a SL ? Seriously ? That is wrong on every level. Use your truck. :eek:
 

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No fait in 107 engineers?

The detachable towbar is not to everyones liking, but is an original part (A1073100195) still available from the MB dealer (mine was manufactured in 2001). Do not think there is a MB kit available.

I have a letter from MB stating that it is approved to trailer a 1500 kg load with brakes. It is attached to the frame with no less than 13 bolts and I would argue the rear end is now stronger than before. The 500SL hardly exceeds 2200 rpm, so there are no power issues.

And no, it was not the bear that made me do it, I needed to move lots of stuff locally at the cottage and there was no way the SL would be left at home during the summer holiday.

I would never install a fixed towbar, but the detachable is not very noticable when removed and even the sales brochure p33 shows the car towing a classy boat.

.............. but some like blondes, other brunettes...............


Does anyone notice the nice wheels, headlights and bumpers ;-)
 

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