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Old 07-17-2018, 01:45 PM   #1
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Do not buy Westfalia hitches

I bought a new mercedes coupe and mercedes would not sell me thier hitch.
I wanted the hidden style of removable hitch. I was towing my second trip on one of the Ontario Major highways when the trailer started to wobble, jacknifed into the car and then flipped and slide down the highway on its side--My 2011 Escape 19 cracked open along with other damage. most suprising the grey water tank then emptied through the kitchen sink and sprayed the kichen and ran down the highway.

THe main connection for the cast tow bar cracked open, and that disconnected the hitch entirely, the safety chains came loose as well

Moral of the story after $12,000 damage to the car and loss of the trailer Do not buy a European hitch even if they are sold through a USA vendor.
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Old 07-17-2018, 01:52 PM   #2
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Sorry to here this Paul but the main thing is that you are safe and ok
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Old 07-17-2018, 02:35 PM   #3
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My stomach just hit the floor. I'm so very sorry to hear this Paul. But like David said, you're safe and okay. Oh man...
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Sorry to hear about what happened, glad everyone was okay.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:36 PM   #5
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Paul,
News like that hits you in a powerful way. Bet it was scary as all get out!!
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Wow that sounds scary. Don't see many Mercedes coupes towing an Escape. What was the towing capacity on your Mercedes?
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I bought a new mercedes coupe and mercedes would not sell me thier hitch.

Have to ask. Why would they not sell you their hitch?
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:32 PM   #8
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So sorry, Paul. When the trailer started to "wobble", were you able to manually activate the trailer's brakes with your brake controller, and if so, was that of no help?
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:59 AM   #9
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Have to ask. Why would they not sell you their hitch?
I was wondering the same thing...
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:23 AM   #10
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So sorry to hear. Glad you are all okay. Trailers can be replaced.
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