S211 e55 and Towing??

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  1. merc85

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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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    Afraid not Gav.
    Stick a towbar on the missus car instead.
    Problem solved;)
     
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Two words that should never belong together in the same sentence.
    E55 and towbar;)
     
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    I wonder what the speed rating was on those trailer tyres ! ? A blowout on that trailer could have changed that film clip, and not in a good way. Fun Though !
     
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