S211 e55 and Towing??

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can you or does any of you tow a caravan etc with a e55 ?? Can’t remember if I’d seen a thread saying you can’t with a AMG??
 

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It depends on whether the car has EC approval for towing
 
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Looking in the manual there is a - where the towing weight with trailer would be so I guess a e55 doesn't.
Would it be on the v5 anywhere out of interest?
 

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Lol hadn’t thought of that , although it would mean a increase in budget and then there’s the additional parking space... humm
 

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Not homologated for towing, I’m afraid, so you cannot legally tow with it.
 

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Lol hadn’t thought of that , although it would mean a increase in budget and then there’s the additional parking space... humm

...and all that extra time to clean it :D
 

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Lol hadn’t thought of that , although it would mean a increase in budget and then there’s the additional parking space... humm

I’m tempted to sell mine mate, 260k miles but Ive spent £4500 on it changing literally everything. :D pm me if you want, don’t want much for it! :)

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If a car isn't approved, can't you propose a solution, take it to a vosa station and discuss approval
It's what Q cars / kit car owners have to do?

It can't be rocket science to get a tow bar to fit and the chassis itself is used for towing on other E class's......?
 

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I have seen a Ferrari GTB towing a small caravan , and a 3 wheeled Bond bug - in orange, naturally - towing a big flat trailer.! Both on the M5 some years ago.

Homemade tow bars I guess. Not sure what insurers would make of it if the manufacturers say 'no towing' , I think the Ford KA fell into this bracket as do (by definition) any car with a central exhaust pipe, Honda Civic, some MINI, some Ford Fiesta......E type Jaaag, etc.
 

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The EC type approval regs came in on 1st Aug 1998, so anything registered before than can tow legally (although you can be prosecuted if an outfit is considered dangerous/unroadworthy).
 

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If a car isn't approved, can't you propose a solution, take it to a vosa station and discuss approval
It's what Q cars / kit car owners have to do?

It can't be rocket science to get a tow bar to fit and the chassis itself is used for towing on other E class's......?
I don’t think there’s any mechanical reason why an E55 couldn’t tow ; just that MB never bothered to certify it .
If you can take it to a testing station it might be possible to get single vehicle approval .
The cost is another question.
 

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I don’t think there’s any mechanical reason why an E55 couldn’t tow ; just that MB never bothered to certify it .
If you can take it to a testing station it might be possible to get single vehicle approval .
The cost is another question.

Problem is that even if you got the car plated to tow legally (with a max. train weight) you'd still need a towbar that's EC type-approved for that model.
 

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Problem is that even if you got the car plated to tow legally (with a max. train weight) you'd still need a towbar that's EC type-approved for that model.
I would imagine that in the event of the car being approved , given that it is still a S211 , then the S211 towbar would then become approved with it ( given that the car would have to be submitted for testing with it fitted ) .
 

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I have seen a Ferrari GTB towing a small caravan , and a 3 wheeled Bond bug - in orange, naturally - towing a big flat trailer.! Both on the M5 some years ago.

Homemade tow bars I guess. Not sure what insurers would make of it if the manufacturers say 'no towing' , I think the Ford KA fell into this bracket as do (by definition) any car with a central exhaust pipe, Honda Civic, some MINI, some Ford Fiesta......E type Jaaag, etc.

Home made tow bars, central exhausts, I wonder if this guy got his insurers approval.
(If you don't want a headache, you may wish to turn the sound off :wallbash:)

 
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So i found this, the e55 would need a Independent Vehicle Aproval, maybe free if you/i use a Model for example a e500 s211 to base it upon.

Vehicle approval

Vehicle approval test fees
 

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