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Model X Roof Rack|Hitch Rack|Trailer|Toys

Discussion in 'Model X: Interior & Exterior' started by bonnie, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I totally love this 'cooler albeit expensive' option :). Putting rails on the top so that it can accept almost any Thule or Yakima rack (allowing your own custom configuration) is brilliant. I'm having a hitch put on my Prius & ordering ... thank you for this link.
     
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    You are welcome. I have been flirting with buying one for a while. If the model x gets a hitch option, I am going to go for it.
     
  3. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I'm assuming I can put a hitch on the Model X ... if I can't, this might not be a good idea (the Prius will be sold when I take delivery of the X). Hmmm. Opinions welcomed here (as if I need to actually solicit opinion : ).
     
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    The model s is not going to get a hitch option due to the aluminum frame (I think). I do not know if they have figured out a way around that issue with the model x yet, but at least they have a couple of years. Supposedly they are coming up with some ingenious roof rack for skis and such, but I doubt kayaks. Not having a hitch would most likely be a deal breaker for a bunch narrowing that already narrow niche given the price ...
     
  5. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Yes, a hitch would give a swing-away rack option for bikes - much better from an aerodynamic view than on the roof. But isn't the frame the same between the Model S and Model X? Did I miss something?
     
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    What you are missing is facts that came to my attention after making that post. Sorry to cross post, but here is the short thread where I discovered that the model s will not get a hitch and that this could also carry over to the model x:

    Tow hitch? Aluminum body? | Forums | Tesla Motors
     
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    Not sure why aluminum would have an impact on the ability to have a towing hitch. Elon also tweeted something about towing capacity not being a problem for the X, so presumably that means a hitch since you can't really tow without one.
     
  8. bonnie

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    Good point, he did.
     
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    I forgot about that. Sorry to have created any anxiety in the years of waiting for this vehicle ...
     
  10. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Well a tweet, even if from Elon, doesn't equal a commitment from Tesla. (And he did delete that tweet the same day.) I'm going to try to find out - I'd hate to rely on a deleted tweet in making this decision. :)
     
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    No anxiety here, sorry if I gave that impression. I'm genuinely curious though how aluminum and towing are related. Some technical limitation? Actually, towing items are usually attached to the bumpers and I think those are, uh, boron steel or some such in the Model S/X?
     
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    Real tow hitches are usually attached to the frame. Aluminum might pose some issues but I'm sure they can be worked around, especially for a light load type hitch that would hold a rack. I've built tow hitches for a few vehicles that were never intended for towing, it's not that difficult.
     
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    Apart from the tweet, Jim Motavalli said he asked Tesla about this, and the answer was Model X will have very good towing abilities. However that is not officially announced, so until it's on the website, I guess it's subject to change.
     
  14. bonnie

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    Thanks, Norbert. That sounds more hopeful than a deleted tweet. I'll use that to rationalize getting the Go trailer now :).
     
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    Tell us how it goes. Send some pics of the Go trailer with all your toys. I can see this item becoming very popular with model x owners. I wonder if we could get a group discount? You will probably be the first person on the planet to pull one behind a model x.
     
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    I did talk to them about a discount (local friend is also buying) and they offered to knock $400 off on each.
     
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    This put me in mind of my other most treasured possession besides my Roadster, my Feathercraft kayaks. Don't even need the trailer for them just some decent boot space...
     
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    Nice. If they knocked the SylvanSport GO Adventure Accessory Package down to 7k even for each, I might be tempted :smile:
     
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    Model X ski/bike rack

    I live in Lake Tahoe, and like the Model X concept (enough that I have one reserved), BUT I do have a serious concern/question. The falcon doors, while they may have a 'wow' factor for some and maybe do offer improved access to the interior, strike me as wholly impractical when it comes to making this a functional vehicle. How the heck am I supposed to carry skiis or bikes!? There doesn't appear to be any functional way to mount a rack system.

    Would welcome the input of anyone from Tesla in particular... any solution forthcoming for this issue?

    Thanks!
    Shane
     
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    Elon indicated that a "very cool" solution was forthcoming..... Stay tuned!
     

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