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Old 11-16-2011, 09:15 AM
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New trailer hitch for my 85 SD

I received a brand new frame mount hitch yesterday from TheGears from here on the forum. It is beautifully designed and fabricated. It is designed to bolt up to the rear frame between the bumper shocks and the unibody and has an arm that extends forward to be attached to the spare tire well.

It is designed to mount up exactly how I would do it if left to my own devices. It provides a small square tube to slide the actual hitch into.

I am looking forward to getting it installed so I will have an alternative tow vehicle to my big Dodge.

I paid $250 for it including shipping from BC to Indiana.

I recently missed out on a similar hitch which was offered by another member second hand so when he offered it I jumped.

I invite him to post pictures of the hitch on this thread because I don't know when I will get it mounted and am not the most skilled at taking and posting pictures.

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Old 11-16-2011, 09:29 AM
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I received a brand new frame mount hitch yesterday
I'm curious as to how the vehicle will be able to properly support the hitch, simply because the W-126 has no frame. It's simply a sheet metal shell with a second sheet metal shell that is titled "subframe".

The strength available from sheet metal is quite limited...............
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:06 AM
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Europeans tow some pretty big caravans using that sheet metal.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:09 AM
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It's as least as good as this:
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:23 AM
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It's as least as good as this:
.............marginally better.............
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:03 PM
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The book says the mercedes of this era will tow 1500 without brakes and 3000 with brakes. My intended use is to tow my Formula ford which with the trailer should be well under the 1500 and offers not much wind resistance. The tongue weight is probably only about 50#.

The sheet metal subframe is not real heavy but is designed to take an impact. In any case there have been various hitches offered by comanies in the US and Europe which attach in a very similar manner to the hitch in question.

I am going to use it myself but of course will not take any responsibility for anybody else who chooses to use one like it.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:14 PM
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My 71 108 had a tow bar on the back. I once towed a trailer a short distance around town with it. Seemed to work fine but it was a smallish wooden one. As long as you stay within the weight parameters provided by Mercedes and drive sensibly there should be no problem. Bear in mind though that there is a difference between many of the lighter type trailers you find overseas and the behemoths that are pulled behind full size pickups in the US.

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Old 11-16-2011, 07:43 PM
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I kinda think this should be in my forum...

I'm thinking about installing SLS, and building a steel plate to line the "subframe" and attach under the diff mount plate on my SD... I know it will lower the Rear subframe some, but I think the solidity from that point is worth it.

I think a plate 1/4" there would be a substantial strength improvement over the "two bolt holes through the spare well"
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:57 PM
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Good point...I think I will add a plate inside to distribute the load more.

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