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Old 04-10-2003, 11:39 AM
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Matt....thanks for the great pictures. Is that a home made or special fabricated hitch or a bolt on? If it is a bolt on, where did you get it? It looks like the bars go way under the car in front of the spare tire carrier....where does it bolt into in the front? The actual bumper? With this setup going up underneath the car, I was wondering if it would be possible to fit just a straight crossbar across the rear most frame rails.

Matt, one more thing...did you ever look at where your o2 sensor was placed? Remember my other post about the exhaust? Thanks for your help!!
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Old 04-10-2003, 03:21 PM
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Pulled a hitch off a 300d at the junkyard a few weeks ago. Ball looked like it had seen a lot of use. Just bolted to the bumper with 4 bolts. No evidence of any problems. I plan on putting the hitch on my 300d or td. My guess is that the hitch was a universal hitch available from JC Whitney for around $50. I put something similar on the bumper of a Land Cruiser I used to own. I'd certainly look for one of those before dropping $220.
I visted a hitch shop a few weeks ago and they quoted $330 for a hitch for a 300d.
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Kerry,

Do you think you could post a picture of it? I'd like to see how it attaches, do you need to drill the bumper?

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Old 04-10-2003, 05:03 PM
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I don't think I can post a picture but it just attached with four holes drilled into the bumper from below. There are two pieces, one parallel to the bumper and one perpendicular to the bumper with the ball on it. The parallel piece has two holes on either side of the perpendicular piece. (I can't remember exactly how the two pieces are joined together. There may be a couple of additional bolts that hold the two pieces together and go thru the bumper).
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Old 04-10-2003, 05:12 PM
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For that kind of money, why doesnt she buy a new bed in DC?
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Old 04-11-2003, 02:26 AM
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Ken300D, if you ever go to Europe, just look at the back end of the cars. Many many of them, incl. Mercedes, have small trailer hitches since they are not fortunate enough to take part in the pickup/SUV circus. So it is not some mortal sin to tow a small trailer with a Benz, esp. you have no other options
If you see a Benz here in Europe WITHOUT a trailer hitch, it's because the owner has taken it off.. I did!

Compared to all the small-engined economic cars here, the Benz is great for pulling stuff around.
Consider it a really nice tractor.

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Old 04-11-2003, 11:29 AM
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I would check around the yellow pages to see what it would cost to get a hitch welded on. U-Haul rents big, clumsy hitches for a whole lot less than installing one. You will also need a light hookup to be legal. U Haul will sel you this too, and install it. The U Haul guys never LOOK very competent, but I have never had a problem with their wiring or connecting hitches.

If I had a hitch, the next step would be to check some professional installers or in a small town, a muffler shop, to get it welded or bolted on.

Some mechanics get all ticked off if you bring in your own parts. I have found the following tale helpful: "My brother-in Law promised to help me with this, but he is (sick/ left town/ ran away and joined the Circus/ ran away and joined the marines): can you help me, please?" It was a true story once. I never realized how universal the brother in law who welches out is.


Picking one up at a junkyard might be the cheapest way to go, and pull the trailer wiring harness, too, while you are at it.
There are two sizes of hitch balls. Ask U Haul the dieameter of theirs and if you buy a hitch, buy the correct one.

Several years ago I bolted a two-piece hitch I purchased for a dollar in a yard sale on the bumper of a 1984 Buick Regal and towed a roomful of furniture in U-Haul's next to largest trailer up to Georgia for my daughter. When I went to return the trailer, the guy looked at the hitch and told me "I'm not gonna let you out of here with that thing: it won't tow it a mile".

I told him, "I just towed this thing loaded all the way from Miami, that's over 800 miles without a problem".

Actually, I had a recap blow out on me, and it was a little hard (45 minutes) to get the trailer back on the hitch, particularly on the side of the Interstate.

He spent the next five minutes shaking his head as he finished the paperwork.

That poor old Buick had a 3.8 liter v-6 and would slow down to 40 going up those hills S of Atlanta.

Good luck and safe trip.
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