Thanks for this valuable info and awesome picture, glad we got the new range boost, every little bit helps. I am guessing 55 mph in some areas to conserve so energy.Haven't committed to anything yet but rented this little guy ([email protected] 320s) and took it into the Colorado Mountains.
Going up the range experience was super impacted and the trailer was well under the Max 3,500 lbs. At a full charge, I was running at 25-35% efficiency at max 60 mph (806 Wh/Mi). The worst rung of the trip was 130 mi used to go 35 miles. Again this was also going up ~5k feet in elevation. Coming back down the mountain was in the 508 Wh/Mi which is probably what people in more "Flat" states will see. Tesla had 3 superchargers on the route, so I am pretty sure they knew how much usage there can be. It wasn't a bad experience, just again need to plan ahead, and know your car vs trusting the trip planner % at arrival. If I had followed that guidance I would be out of juice before getting halfway. Hope this info is helpful. As far as the towing experience, as others have noted, didn't feel it back there for the most part the Y didn't ever seem to hesitate ever.
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Thanks for this valuable info and awesome picture, glad we got the new range boost, every little bit helps. I am guessing 55 mph in some areas to conserve so energy.
Also I see you have a roof rack and sporting 20” wheels, with the 20” wheels the towing capacity drops and so will the range.
I have a newbie question about towing a small camper trailer with a Tesla. I gather most campsites or RV parks provide hookups for electric (and also water and probably sewer). And I know people have mentioned charging their Tesla at a campsite using the 50 amp outlet provided for RVs. How do you charge the car and provide power to the camper (for lighting, furnace etc) at the same time? Or do you have to switch the power between Tesla and camper at different times? Thinking of eventually adding a Y to our Tesla family and the thought of pulling a small trailer is appealing.
Everyone I've asked said range is about half when towing, and the shape of what you're towing seems to matter more than weight. So chose most aerodynamic possible I guess.
Yeah good point. I wonder if a pop-up would be the ideal camper to tow with a Tesla due to the low profile and therefore more aero perhaps.
That is absolutely correct. A regular camper is an aerodynamic slab. Imagine a billboard 9 feet high and 8 feet wide being pulled with the flat side into the wind--it's like a sail. I was seriously considering pop-ups over the last few weeks just for this reason. Unfortunately, having owned many RVs of various types over the years I've been spoiled, wanting hard sides, full bath, water, kitchen, real bed, gray and black tanks, good a/c, etc. There are some hard side pop ups with most of above BUT have high empty hitch weights and the largest storage is in the front which will put it way over max hitch weight.
Most trailers (particularly the smaller ones we would tow) are almost all 30 amp service. Most campgrounds provide multiple plugs at each spot. You'll generally have a 14-50 plug which you can plug the Tesla into and a 30 amp for the camper. More juice than a Florida orange grove! When you book a spot just double check on the provided electrical service.
In my case, moving up from tent camping, an A-Frame style hard-sided pop-up seems ideal. I've been considering the Aliner LXE which has a wet bath of sorts in it, and a Rockwood A122, which doesn't.
Model 3 towing a 26 foot Airstream