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Model X Towing a Boat

adelman

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Apr 23, 2009
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That sounds rather high for a boat of that size, and looking at the way it's sitting on the trailer I'd expect it to be much less than that. I have a 23 footer and can easily lift the tongue up, though admittedly mine should have more tongue weight than it does.

Actually, I'd consider 450# approaching dangerously light for a 4850# trailer. It should be 10-15% of the total trailer weight. Too light, and the trailer is prone to sway.

I don't believe Tesla publishes a tongue-weight limit, but remember that the tongue weight you do have comes out of the GVWR as payload (on any car).
 

JRP3

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Aug 20, 2007
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I never subscribed to the 10-15% of total weight figure, especially with multi axle trailers, (and I've worked in the recreational marine industry for over 25 years). It depends on the specific vehicle/trailer/load combination but with most setups I've found you can tow just fine with closer to 5% of total weight.
 

MaxK

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Feb 7, 2015
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Gainesville, GA
Here is the Trailer Weight and Tongue Weight ratings for the X:

2015-12-26 11.15.21.jpg
 

MaxK

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Feb 7, 2015
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Gainesville, GA
Max, thank you for sharing. In the other thread you mentioned you were having a hard time getting the receiver attached. Did it turn out easier once you figured it out?

Yes, Adelman pointed out my mistake. To install, you have to turn a knob, pull out the knob and turn further. I was skipping the last part. When you follow the instructions, it is quite easy.
 

goneskiian

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Nov 16, 2012
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Thanks for this video MaxK! Hope you get the issue keeping your X down worked out soon!

Would you be so kind as to measure the ground clearance to the underside of the hitch?

Thanks!
 

Theshadows

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Apr 20, 2013
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Is there a brake controller? If so is it progressive? If it doesn't have a controller can you or Tesla wire one in?
 

FarmerDave

Supporting Member
Sep 3, 2015
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Central PA
I have had questions about autopilot and towing. Here is the manual page on that topic the answers the questions pretty clearly.

That first paragraph seems silly. If the car knows you have connected a trailer (or disconnected), why doesn't it automatically enter/exit trailer mode with requiring you to do it? Later on it says the car does just that when detecting a heavy load without an electrical connection.
 

andrewket

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Dec 20, 2012
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That first paragraph seems silly. If the car knows you have connected a trailer (or disconnected), why doesn't it automatically enter/exit trailer mode with requiring you to do it? Later on it says the car does just that when detecting a heavy load without an electrical connection.

Sounds like it will detect it two ways: electrical connection, or a heavy load; the latter being a safeguard in case someone doesn't make an electrical connection.

Requiring you to do it on the electrical side is worthwhile as the driver is acknowledging that a variety of features are now disabled.
 

FarmerDave

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Sep 3, 2015
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Central PA
Sounds like it will detect it two ways: electrical connection, or a heavy load; the latter being a safeguard in case someone doesn't make an electrical connection.

Requiring you to do it on the electrical side is worthwhile as the driver is acknowledging that a variety of features are now disabled.

The car notifies the driver in either case. When it goes into trailer mode it is a notice; when the electrical connection is made the notice asks the driver to enter trailer mode. Silly
 

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