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Old 10-13-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Want to tow a 2013 MB GL550,

Newbie with some more questions. Can I tow a MB 2013 GL550? I'm getting my 2014 Entegra Anthem 42DEQ in February and don't want to really buy another vehicle. I understand that I can't tow it with 4 wheels down but would a 2 wheel dolly work or would I have to buy a trailer? We'll be traveling about 4-8 weeks a year. I'm pretty sure the MH has the power( 450HP) to handle the GL. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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Why don't you pull out your owners manual and see what it says about towing? If this vehicle is AWD, then chances are that you won't be towing it and will have to purchase a trailer for it. If it is rear wheel drive, you won't be towing it on a dolly either. In either case, a nice trailer would be your best bet.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:21 AM   #3
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It is AWD so would need a trailer. How much of a pain is it to bring a trailer into Parks, campgrounds, etc? I'm assuming a 20' trailer would be to big to leave near the site, so do most have off site parking for trailers? When making a reservation would they need to know that I'm towing a trailer?
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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Most parks are a tight fit for a big DP and a tow car much less a huge trailer. IMHO, it would be both cheaper and easier to get a good used run around car to tow...like a Jeep, or my favorite, a Honda CRV.
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I have a GL 450 and it is not towable at all. The manual says:
"Mercedes-Benz recommends that the vehicle be transported with all wheels off the ground using flatbed or appropriate wheel lift/dolly equipment."
I'd imagine the 550 is the same.
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Newbie with some more questions. Can I tow a MB 2013 GL550? I'm getting my 2014 Entegra Anthem 42DEQ in February and don't want to really buy another vehicle. I understand that I can't tow it with 4 wheels down but would a 2 wheel dolly work or would I have to buy a trailer? We'll be traveling about 4-8 weeks a year. I'm pretty sure the MH has the power( 450HP) to handle the GL. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You
I've had (have) all 3, the car, trailer and a 42' DP. The trailer is a PIA unless you stay at a site for extended periods. Great car and love my 42 ft Itasca, but don't mix well for frequent towing. I would agree with a Jeep. Been towing various GCs for decades. Can't beat it!
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Get a used 4WD Jeep with a manual transmission and go sightseeing. Save the Benz for the other 10-11 months. Besides, it won't look so good with all those rock chips.
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the only mercedes car i have seen allowed to be towed is an 87 stick shift 190d. there might be a few more with manual transmission, that is it. for any mb with automatic transmission forget the flat tow, period.
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