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Model X Manual Update Regarding Towing

Discussion in 'Model X' started by ohmman, Jul 24, 2017.

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  1. ohmman

    ohmman Maximum Plaid Member

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    I'm not sure when this occurred, but it I noticed that the Model X manual has new information about towing. My link should lead the reader to the manual, just search for Towing and you'll find the full text. Notable changes:

    The disclaimer about damage due to towing has been expanded. The last sentence of this blurb was all that was there before:

    There are other new warnings in this section as well.

    Tesla now includes quite a bit of information about leveling the trailer, includes warnings against using SAS to level the trailer, and also adds general towing safety information about trailer loads.

    Three trailer lights are now highlighted - blue, yellow, and red. I didn't know it could be anything but blue, but they describe the different meanings for each color in the manual update.

    A requested feature of mine appears to have been either adopted or, if it already existed, appears to be highlighted in the manual. That is:
    Then comes the juicy stuff.

    While they don't explicitly prohibit weight distribution hitches, they come a step closer here by pointing out that the Bosal is a weight carrying/weight bearing hitch. And on that note,
    :oops: Can I respectfully disagree?

    For anyone interested in the topic, I definitely suggest taking a look. Also, if someone knows how long this has been posted as it currently reads, I'd like to know. I am sure I checked about two months ago and it didn't have this new text.
     
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  2. Canuck

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    I think one of their lawyers was following your recent travels and updated the manual accordingly. I bet you did more real life tow testing than Tesla did -- and the hitch wasn't looking up to the task.

    Yes, and I bet you'll feel much better on your next trip with your new hitch setup than with Tesla's twice wobbly one.
     
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  3. K-MTG

    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    I am curious what the deal is on the new towing package. It seems that it's included by default?
     
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    This may be 'new--ish' but it's not 'new'. Maybe it's 8.0's original? There seems to be no production/update date on the PDF, so we can't tell when it really changes... it doesn't change frequently, as other changes like the double click for the passenger door for PUP users isn't in the manual.

    In any case, my point is my copy of this PDF that I downloaded months ago does have the same three-color trailer info. It has a mod date on my PC of January 15, 2017, for what that's worth.


    Would be nice if the online version matched the car's version and had a mod date clearly in the PDF. (PDF metadata shows mod data of 10/20/2016, and @ohmman's version shows the same, having said that.... :) )

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    Thanks for the heads up! For those who haven't read that section, the Towing information starts on page 68.

    Do you think that the yellow and red icons are new? Or maybe they were always there but had never appeared for you because you never encountered the circumstances described in the manual that would activate either of those icons?

    Very interesting. When I start towing next spring I do not plan to use the stock Bosal hitch with WD bars because my camper trailer is relatively light (1,600 lbs). If I ever want to change to a different hitch I will be violating Tesla's proscription against doing so, as you noted.

    Quote from the X manual: "Warning: You must use the Model X trailer hitch when towing a trailer. Never attempt to attach a different type of trailer hitch."

    I think it is likely that the changes in the manual that you noted were in response to your recent experiences with the Bosal hitch.
     
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    #6 qadaemon, Jul 25, 2017
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    Not only am I attempting it, I'm predicting success when I begin this evening. With this and my constant harping about the driveline shudder and windshield ghosting to the service line, I must be an outlaw by now.

    Edit: Weird that my quote didn't pick up your quote from the manual. Damn internets.
     
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    To have a 5000# towing capacity and infer that one can't use a weight-distribution hitch is ridiculous. Might as well make the hitch a Class I with 2000# rating then.
     
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    #8 Canuck, Jul 25, 2017
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    I say good luck to Tesla relying on this caveat to deny liability or warranty coverage. The problem is that Tesla is in the driver's seat when it comes to repairs and it's often not worth the hassle to sue for coverage. But if you did sue, it seems to me that @ohmman's new hitch is, in fact, a "Model X trailer hitch." It certainly meets the criteria for towing and is used on similar vehicles to the Model X. Arguably, it's just as much a Model X trailer hitch as the Basal hitch. I've never heard of Basal before Tesla but they're an independent company just like Reese and others, and used more in Europe than North America, apparently.

    Tesla also drafted this clause so any ambiguity is resolved against them -- and certainly they could have made it more clear.

    I'd also show the judge the wobbling Basal hitch -- ohmann posted a video of it in his travel thread (I saw it in person when he visited me) and I'd explain to the judge that it wasn't worth the risk of a detachment, especially since the replacement is a better Tesla Model X hitch.

    I couldn't believe the Basal hitch has three small bearings that come out to hold it in place -- and it wobbled after being replaced after the first one also became wobbly. I worried for him when he left back to California but fortunately the equalizer put upward pressure which helped to hold it on.
     
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    As I recall the first video I saw of a Moddl X showed it towing an airstream with a weight distributing hitch. I found Volvo US to also have similar towing restrictions but the XC60 is an awesome tow vehicle for my light trailer.
     

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