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Model X Tow Mode Suggestions

Discussion in 'Model X' started by P100DHG., Mar 4, 2018.

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  1. P100DHG.

    P100DHG. Supporting Member

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    Just finished my first experience towing with our X 100D and having put many miles towing with my GMC Sierra 3500 I have a few suggestions:

    When trailer is attached tow mode is automatically activated and the following should occur:

    1. Rear parking sensors are turned off
    2. TACC defaults to 55mph on the highway
    3. Auto tilting mirrors are turned off

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  2. MXWing

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    Noticed your X has 22 inch wheels. Just wanted to make sure you knew about the 5000 vs 3500 lbs limitation when going from 20 inch to 22 inch wheels.

    I agree with all of your suggestions.

    My X is also set to Low by default. I raised it to standard first before towing but I am wondering if Tow Mode would have accomplished that automatically - I forgot to check.
     
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    I would caution that it doesn't do it consistently. The first couple of times I towed I noticed it automatically adjusted. Just two weeks ago, it was left in high, which was not fun. I wondered if it was part of auto-leveling, but it actually left the trailer at an angle. I had to disconnect and set it to standard before renabling and hooking everything back up. Perhaps it was something as a part of a software update, but a part of my checklist now is to make sure it's in standard and auto suspension is turned off.
     
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    Yes, I followed your instructions to a T and was very successful - thank you.

    It doesn't make sense to leave something so important to chance. If it was done automatically - it ought to activate when "trailer mode" is turned on before you attach anything to the hitch.
     
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    I towed with our X for the first time this weekend. I agree the parking sensors need to be turned off, seriously annoying when trying to focus on backing up while having those wail away.

    I had no issues lowering the suspension to standard from high while moving and noticing it.
     
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    In my haste to reply, I didn’t even realize it was you! Glad to hear it all went well.
     
  7. P100DHG.

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    The suspension stays in low. I checked.

    My trailer is a light weight coming in at 350lbs (it’s 5’ wide and 8’ long on 12” tires. Handles well with weight on it) and our golf cart is 995lbs. Well below 3500lbs. I bought the trailer from Lowe’s, on Black Friday with a 10% off coupon I got on eBay for $540. I bought it specifically with its low weight in mind and 1700lb capacity. My journey from Palm Springs to LA I averaged 650wh/ mile. Which was actually really good. The 22” wheels are actually the issue with a 20% range loss just from those (according to Electrek). Because I had to turn around and come back in the same day (I was just dropping it off) I stopped on the outbound trip at Cabazon.
     
  8. LukasSwan

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    I guess it's a good list.
    I tow a lot. But in Canada we don't have to so slow. When. I have a light trailer and bikes on,I fly!
     
  9. ohmman

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    The rear parking sensors should be turned off in tow mode. As in, they were off in a previous version of the firmware, and my understanding is that this is being fixed for a future release.
     

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