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Can the Model Y tow?

Discussion in 'Model Y' started by Phil Seastrand, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. jackbowers

    jackbowers Jack Bowers

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    True when driving a flat course. But driving to camping locations or lakes often involves elevation changes. As an extreme example, towing 5000 lbs from the Rocklin Supercharger to the Truckee Supercharger (a distance of 80 miles) isn't possible with a P90D Model X and probably won't be with the Model Y either. (though it might work with the 2400 lb Bowlus; I definitely plan to try that!)
     
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    The lack of air suspension might explain why towing is not yet offered on the Model 3, but I don't think vehicle weight will be a limiting factor for achieving a 5000 lb tow rating on the 3/Y. It's easy to find vehicles that are rated to tow more than their own weight, Tesla Semi included!
     
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    I was partially poking fun at the "everything's bigger in America" trope, hence the rather in extremis picture choices: but considering this selection of comments from just the first page of the thread, I think the idea that Americans generally pull larger loads is warranted.

     
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  5. Phil Seastrand

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    I asked Tesla Account Support the following question:
    Their response was:
     
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    I submitted this question to be voted on and possibly answered in the stockholder meeting.

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    Upvote it if you have shares and maybe we get an answer.
     
  7. Misterbee

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    After taking an eight-week trip with my M3 towing a teardrop trailer, it’s pretty clear to me that the 3 can tow, and the Y probably will too. It may not be for everyone, but it can be done. At this moment, I suspect Tesla is not releasing towing specs because they would likely cannibalize some Model X sales.
     
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    A big issue with towing is the aerodynamic drag. Even a teardrop trailer, that has flat sides will create lots of drag at speed.

    That is why a real teardrop design, like Bolus can pull a much heavier trailer, with greater range than a much smaller teardrop with flat sides.
     
  9. Misterbee

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    Yeah, I don’t think anyone will be pulling a Bolus with a M3 anytime soon.

    My experience with towing a teardrop with the M3 is that you lose about 1/3 of the range. More if you leadfoot it, or do a lot of climbing. Works great for me. We pull into an RV park, charge over night, leave with a full charge in the morning. 200 miles usually gets us to a supercharger, where we stop and make lunch while we charge. Then it’s on to the next RV park. We left home on April 11th, have been all over CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT, NV. 6000 miles and counting....
     

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    What is the weight of that trailer?

    Regarding Elon’s comment about the truck being able to tow at least as much as an F-150, makes me think they aren’t releasing a number (for it and Model Y) because they have something in the works that makes them think they will be able to improve it between now and when they actually start delivering them. He has said numerous times that they think they can deliver the Semi and I think the Roadster with better specs than they originally revealed. Also the recent unlocking of 5% more power in model 3 would support the idea that they start conservative and study the results and expand if possible.
     
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  11. Misterbee

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    The trailer weighs 1200 lbs., and has a tongue weight of 140 lbs. The Stealthitch is rated for towing 2500, with a maximum tongue weight of 200 lbs.

    I agree that they don’t want people holding off buying a car now, and waiting for the next car that will have a tow rating. Similarly, the X makes a great tow vehicle, and Tesla would rather you buy that than the 3, as it’s better for the bottom line.
     

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