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Discussion in 'Model X' started by napabill, Feb 14, 2016.
Would love to see a photo of the regular and the accessory hitch. Can anyone out there provide?
Best pictures I've found are in this thread. See page 5:
Hitch receiver size?
Here's the tow package receiver. To attach it, you remove a plastic cover from beneath the bumper, use the key with the receiver, turn the knob, and insert it so that it locks in place.
@FlasherZ Thanks for posting the pictures. I am glad the receiver is removable.
The 7-pin power connector faces downward from the car once the plastic beneath the bumper is removed. The plastic piece is a pain in the ass to snap back in place and secure -- at least it was for me.
The removable hitch mechanism is quite beautiful, though.
The receiver included with the tow package is removable, but I don't believe the accessory hitch is. It would help if someone could post a picture of the formerly free/now $200 option.
Accessory hitch is also removeable
The accessory hitch on Elon's car at the reveal was not removable, but it was able to be covered up with a plastic trim piece. Has that changed? Also, the formerly free accessory hitch was 1.25" and there are pictures of that around, but the new $200 accessory hitch is 2" and it may not have the same design - in particular a 2" receiver may not fit inside the same plastic tunnel that hid the old 1.25" hitch.
Complete WAG and unfounded speculation here, but perhaps the new accessory hitch is basically a lighter-weight version of the above receiver assembly without the light harness or trailer mode settings?
That was my thinking. Why build two essentially identical parts when you can just build 1? The assembly doesn't change. What it hooks into (the structural supports underneath) does and whether it has a light & brake control harness does. As well as whether trailer mode is enabled or not.
My one disappointment with trailer mode is that it disables autopilot. If there's any time I particularly WANT autopilot it's when I'm heading someplace where I would want to be hauling a trailer and keeping the speed down to minimize range impact of the trailer!
The car would then have blind spots, Tesla would need to make their own trailer with sensors and whatnot to allow this. Elon has considered having a trailer with an extended battery pack so this may come in the future.
I'm assuming that cruise control works though, no reason it shouldn't.
I'd be fine with it if they disallowed automatic lane change and such, but lane keeping and maintaining follow distance should still work with a trailer!
I was very surprised to hear that Elon and his team were considering building their own trailers with an external battery. I'd be even more surprised if they actually create one. I would expect that a trailer, with all the required battery heating/cooling and protective shell to be quite heavy and reduce the effectiveness of those extra cells. But if Tesla manages to design something compelling, I'd definitely consider buying such a trailer.
I wonder if having a bike rack full of bikes attached to the tow hitch disables auto pilot? Perhaps vangogh will chime in with an answer as I know he's already taken his Sig on at least one cycling adventure.
Does it disable TACC too, or just AutoSteer?