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Old 01-10-2014, 10:10 PM   #15
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Two replies:
First: concerning towing in Park:

When I get hooked up, I put the key in position 1, place the transmission in neutral and pull the coupling knob. I then put the transmission in park. The key stays in the ignition.
At the end of the journey I place transmission in neutral and start the engine. You then simultaneously turn off the engine and mash the knob back in the home position.
I don't think MB takes a position on this. The service manager in Salem Oregon didn't predict dire consequences when I talked over my plans with him. His only warning was to use new bolts each time I disconnected the driveline if I wanted to tow that way.

Second concerning pintle style hitch:

The simple answer is I was only informed of the pintle style 20,000 tow bar. I was expecting to put on a 10,00 lb ball style, but the owner at Specialties RV refused to put anything less than 20,000 lb. I presume for fear that I would overload the van. I guess I could have done some more homework.

I issued a new blog on my personal web site today. There are several photos there.

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Old 06-28-2014, 11:33 AM   #16
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We have towed about 3000 miles without any issues. Fuel economy is probably lower, but until I have run through several tanks of fuel I won't be able to quantify that. It is that close. I don't pass as many trucks going up the passes, but it is not lugging down either.
To tow we simply start up the Sprinter and place in neutral. I then pull the disconnect knob. I shut it down and place it in park and turn the key on one notch.
I turn the "Stay in Play" brake unit on, hook up the draw-bar, safety chains and lights. I also visually confirm that I can see daylight between the disconnect halves. I have one visual aid. I have a pair of ping pong balls mounted on foot long 1/4" dowel rods. The dowel rods have a steel sleeve and fender washer on the end. This snaps into place on the magnetic door catch at the back of the Sprinter. I can see this in the mirrors and easily judge where the rear of the tow is.


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