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Model X Tow Mode Suggestions

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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MXWing

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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

DHG on Twitter

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.
 

Yinn

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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.

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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MXWing

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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.

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.
 

Yinn

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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.

In my haste to reply, I didn’t even realize it was you! Glad to hear it all went well.
 
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.
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.
 

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