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Can a Mercedes R-Class Tow a Camping Travel Trailer?

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class has a maximum braked towing capacity of 3500 lbs. The maximum towing capacity drops down to 1650 lbs upon carrying unbraked loads. The maximum tongue load for the R-Class is about 165 lbs.

It has the towing capacity for campers with weight by type of: travel trailers 7300 lbs, popups 2500 lbs, teardrops 1200 lbs. 

However, the manufacturer states that the tongue weight should not drop below 110 lbs as such a low tongue weight could cause a trailer to come loose from the vehicle when it is being towed.

Mercedes Benz R-Class Engines

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class has two different engine choices available.

  1. M272 KE 35

The M272 is a naturally aspirated, six-cylinder, water-cooled engine featuring a dual overhead camshaft with continuous variable-valve timing (VVT) and a port injection fuel system. The M272 is used in the R350 4MATIC, where it is capable of generating 268 hp at 6000 rpm with a torque of 258 lb. ft at 1300-4500 rpm.

  1. M276 DES 35

The M276 is a naturally aspirated V6 engine built by Mercedes-Benz. It features dual overhead camshafts with independent variable valve timing. The M276 engine is employed by the R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC+. The M276 produces 302 hp at 6500 rpm with 273 lb. ft of torque at 3500-5250 rpm.

Towing with the Mercedes Benz R-Class

Mercedes-Benz has designed this vehicle for towing, fitting it with the necessary tech and features that would help it in overcoming the rigors of towing. The R-Class is fitted with a trailer coupling with the necessary wiring that would allow it to power the trailer’s brakes and lights. To relieve the engine of the R-Class from the increased heat generation that is faced during towing, Mercedes-Benz implemented an appropriate engine cooling system for the vehicle.

The rear-view camera has a special trailer mode, which provides guidelines on the screen to aid in connecting a trailer to the trailer coupling of the vehicle while allowing close monitoring of the trailer hitch.

Lastly, Mercedes-Benz has implemented the ESP Electronic Stabilization program in the R-Class to overcome swerving when the vehicle enters a vehicle/trailer combination. The program utilizes sensors mounted on the vehicle to detect swerving of a trailer and stabilize the motion by applying the left and right brakes alternatively. The program kicks in automatically above speeds of 40 mph

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class is a full-size 5-door MPV built by German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. It was introduced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show for the model year 2006.

However, the R-Class was discontinued in 2012 for the North American market and in 2016 for the remainder of the world due to poor sales. The latest models available for the R-Class in the North American market were the R350 4MATIC and the R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC.

To summarize, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class was a full-size MPV that was discontinued in 2013 for the North American markets due to poor sales. The R-Class was able to tow a maximum braked capacity of 3500 lbs thanks to the detailed vehicle designing by Mercedes-Benz.

The R-Class was suitable for carrying passengers as well as a moderate amount of towing.