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Are you interested in a hitch for your Tesla?

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Torklift Central

Former Vendor
Aug 6, 2012
58
10
Kent, Washington
The safest, most exhilarating sedan on the road, your Tesla Model S needs a trailer hitch that will be able to keep up with all your driving needs, especially one that is as low profile as the EcoHitch, and now we have a hitch available for the 2017 Tesla Model S!


The EcoHitch for the 2012 through 2017 Tesla Model S comes in both 1¼-inch and 2-inch receiver sizes so you get your choice of which bike racks and cargo trays or ski racks that will work best for the receiver you choose.

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2012-2017 Tesla Model S EcoHitch Features:

  • Completely concealed design - only receiver is visible
  • 100 percent bolt-on installation - no drilling required
  • Engineered to meet stringent national SAE J684 towing safety standards
  • Rated for 200 pounds tongue weight, 2,000 pounds towing weight
  • Available in 1¼-inch and 2-inch receivers
  • Designed to complement the aerodynamic contours and underbody airflow of vehicle
  • Manufactured with high impact powder coat
  • Material can include a qualified combination of aerospace grade aluminum, stainless steel or steel*
  • Eco-friendly, made with recycled materials
  • Lightweight
  • Free shipping to lower 48 states
  • Made in U.S.A
  • Lifetime Warranty
*Depending on the application, the product can include a combination of up to three qualified materials



Please let us know if you have any questions about the Model S EcoHitch hidden receiver hitch or our Tesla hitch accessories. Feel free to contact us on the forum, or by using the info in our signature below.
 

johnster007

Member
Jan 23, 2013
209
253
Minneapolis, MN
The safest, most exhilarating sedan on the road, your Tesla Model S needs a trailer hitch that will be able to keep up with all your driving needs, especially one that is as low profile as the EcoHitch, and now we have a hitch available for the 2017 Tesla Model S!


The EcoHitch for the 2012 through 2017 Tesla Model S comes in both 1¼-inch and 2-inch receiver sizes so you get your choice of which bike racks and cargo trays or ski racks that will work best for the receiver you choose.

tesla_evangelist_photo_1.png



peterk_2.jpg




2012-2017 Tesla Model S EcoHitch Features:

  • Completely concealed design - only receiver is visible
  • 100 percent bolt-on installation - no drilling required
  • Engineered to meet stringent national SAE J684 towing safety standards
  • Rated for 200 pounds tongue weight, 2,000 pounds towing weight
  • Available in 1¼-inch and 2-inch receivers
  • Designed to complement the aerodynamic contours and underbody airflow of vehicle
  • Manufactured with high impact powder coat
  • Material can include a qualified combination of aerospace grade aluminum, stainless steel or steel*
  • Eco-friendly, made with recycled materials
  • Lightweight
  • Free shipping to lower 48 states
  • Made in U.S.A
  • Lifetime Warranty
*Depending on the application, the product can include a combination of up to three qualified materials



Please let us know if you have any questions about the Model S EcoHitch hidden receiver hitch or our Tesla hitch accessories. Feel free to contact us on the forum, or by using the info in our signature below.

Do you have an installer in the Minneapolis St. Paul area?
 
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BerTX

Supporting Member
Supporting Member
May 2, 2014
3,505
3,647
Texas/Washington
You forgot this part:
"*WARNING* Your vehicle may have a lower tow rating than this trailer hitch. If your vehicle's tow rating is less than the rated towing capacity on your Torklift Central trailer hitch, your trailer hitch capacity is limited to your vehicle's factory rated towing capacity."
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,894
Toronto, ON
You forgot this part:
"*WARNING* Your vehicle may have a lower tow rating than this trailer hitch. If your vehicle's tow rating is less than the rated towing capacity on your Torklift Central trailer hitch, your trailer hitch capacity is limited to your vehicle's factory rated towing capacity."

Which technically is zero on the Model S, is it not? I love the idea of this hitch, but wonder what it does to my warranty if I ever have (more) drive unit trouble, even if I just use it for a bike rack. And I also wonder what the mechanical differences are between the S and X that allows the X to tow.
 

BerTX

Supporting Member
Supporting Member
May 2, 2014
3,505
3,647
Texas/Washington
Which technically is zero on the Model S, is it not? I love the idea of this hitch, but wonder what it does to my warranty if I ever have (more) drive unit trouble, even if I just use it for a bike rack. And I also wonder what the mechanical differences are between the S and X that allows the X to tow.
I was hoping that Tesla would have a towing capacity for the M3 sedan, and say "oh, by the way, the MS can tow even more". I don't see how they can have towing available for the M3, and if somebody wants to upgrade to the MS, then nope, no towing...
 

Xenoilphobe

Active Member
Jan 2, 2014
4,613
4,534
Fairfax County, Virginia
if my 220 lb Zero FX motorcycle can pull a fully loaded kondike derby sled in the snow then the Tesla has the potential to massively exceed the load specs of the excellent product that Torklift makes for the model S.

I have had the bumper off both the X and the S. There isn't that much of a difference in the design. Even the guys at one of the largest u-haul locations here in Virginia who did my second hitch install said the car is built like a tank and they install a lot of tow hitches. They had half the shop staff over checking the car out during the install. And were very impressed with the design.
They even pulled the rear carpet up to show me the reinforcement points near the subwoofer and the boxed design where the battery bolts to the car.

I'd even bet the S could pull an equal or greater load further than the overweight X with the right class III hitch installed.

My speculation is that Tesla doesn't want to erode X sales.
 

Torklift Central

Former Vendor
Aug 6, 2012
58
10
Kent, Washington
Do you have an installer in the Minneapolis St. Paul area?

Hey johnster007 - we do have a Certified Installer near you in Roseville. Here is their contact information:
THE FOREIGN SERVICE
1746 Terrace Dr, Roseville, MN 55113
651-635-0395


Discount code for forum members?

Hey cmarshack - thanks for the question! At this time we don't have a discount available for TMC members but if you follow our Facebook or socials, that's the first place we'll announce sales.
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,894
Toronto, ON
I'd even bet the S could pull an equal or greater load further than the overweight X with the right class III hitch installed.

I don't doubt that for a minute. But my worry remains over what happens if I ever had to go in for a 4th drive unit replacement (I'm on my third now) and Tesla saw a hitch there. Would they deny warranty based on the fact that they say not to tow with the car?
 

Morristhecat

Member
Jul 3, 2012
724
204
Burnaby, BC
I don't doubt that for a minute. But my worry remains over what happens if I ever had to go in for a 4th drive unit replacement (I'm on my third now) and Tesla saw a hitch there. Would they deny warranty based on the fact that they say not to tow with the car?

Having the tow hitch there does not mean that you were towing things with the car. It could mean you simply are carrying bikes or skiis, which is not specified as against the guidelines. After I got my hitch installed (4 years ago now) I talked to my service centre manager about it, and he thought that my use of it for skiis and bikes won't harm anything and it was a reasonable argument to not worry about the warranty since I wasn't towing. I suppose I should have tried to get that in writing, but he probably wouldn't have done that. However if you also have a wiring harness, then that would be harder to convince them that you weren't towing.
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,894
Toronto, ON
Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act - Wikipedia

Also the drivetrain is covered for 8 years unlimited miles. I have never owned a car for 8 years ( this might be the first).

I get that, but is it covered if "abused". In other words, if you tow when they say you can't, does that nullify the warranty?

Also I have a wiring harness. No issues with service ever.

Glad to hear, but have you had any drive unit or suspension-type issues repaired under warranty with your hitch? The reason I worry is I've already had 3 drive units, driveshafts and suspension components repaired and replaced without towing.
 

Xenoilphobe

Active Member
Jan 2, 2014
4,613
4,534
Fairfax County, Virginia
Same disclaimer that most manufactures slap on everything today.

What does it say about roof racks, car seats, seat belts, etc? Towing with anything adds risk.

Wonder when they added that to the manual?

My guess is right before the X was released. Competition can't come soon enough.
 
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mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,894
Toronto, ON
Wonder when they added that to the manual?

My guess is right before the X was released. Competition can't come soon enough.

My early 2103 came with an actual paper owners manual booklet (long before they added it to the 17" screen) and it says the same thing in there. So they've been saying "no" to trailer towing from very early on.
 

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