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Summon into trailer?

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by AustroTom, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. AustroTom

    AustroTom Member

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    Hello All,
    New to the forum and loving it!

    We are about to order a MX and since we are avid RVers (unfortunately one cannot tow four down), we were wondering if we could summon the car in and out of our trailer so that we don't have to squeeze between the car and sidewall anymore).
    Or is the trailer too confined for the autopilot function to operate safely?

    Eager awaiting replies
    Thanks,
    Thomas
     
  2. Saghost

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    You'll have to try it to see, but it sounds like it might be too tight for Summon.

    Summon also doesn't like slopes very much, so the ramp up to the trailer might be problematic.
     
  3. LuckyX

    LuckyX Stormtrooper X60D, Autopilot, and Hitch

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    My X has about 15" on each side and summon cuts in an out and normally aborts before its successful. I've lowered the caution warnings as well. But only a true test will work or not.

    Try to get a 24hr test drive.

    Lastly if you need a referral code to save $1000, feel free to use mine.
     
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    I would say there is very low chance of it climbing up any sort of trailer ramp. Many driveways are too steep for summon to work.

    Also wouldn't risk doing this as the car could turn the wheel during climb and potentially run it off the ramp.
     
  5. AustroTom

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    All good points, Thank you very much for your replies.
    I would certainly be a challenge to make it work.
    Maybe I should tow the trailer to a store and have them try it.
    (I doubt they would let me have it for 24 hrs).
     
  6. AustroTom

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    And thank you Lucky X for your referral code offer! :cool:
     
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    They likely will if you are seriously interested. It has been done many times before. Also explain the situation to them. Let us know how it goes! Videos are always appreciated. :)
     
  8. TacC

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    What about building a faux wall around the ramp to keep the car from veering off?

    Parking downhill will minimize the slope and could be enough if you find the right grade.
     
  9. AustroTom

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    Nice ideas, but it's all about speed and convenience. So I think driving it in and climbing out the roadside trailer door will have to do for now.
     
  10. AustroTom

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    I will, however, contact them about it. They might actually want to do it for their own education.
    And yes, I will film it :cool:
     
  11. LuckyX

    LuckyX Stormtrooper X60D, Autopilot, and Hitch

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    The tesla folks are quite reasonable. I had one for 24 hrs since I wanted to see how tight the fight was in the garage, 3carseats and the logistics loading and unloading the kiddos.

    Would love to see a video...if you get the chance to make it happen
     
  12. AustroTom

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    Wow this IS a tight fit. Does the car over time "remember" the space and now parks without problems?
    Did you have to arrange a few things in your garage to give the car it's "perimeter"?
     
  13. LuckyX

    LuckyX Stormtrooper X60D, Autopilot, and Hitch

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    I now use summon mainly to go out of the garage. Haven't summoned into it yet. Kinda nervous TBH. It has to go in right since my wife's Tahoe is already in the garage and I have to come within 17-20" gap of the front bumper to close the garage door.

    The perimeter is dictated by our shoe rack (front), garage wall and hanging tools (driver side), wife's Tahoe (passenger side), garage door (rear). When our garage is close our truck can't open, so the Frunk is used.

    The falcon wing doors won't open from the fob since it's too tight but will barely open by door handle. Once it's open I manually control how high it goes.
     
  14. jonman

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    summon HATES narrow spaces and steep drives. my drive is way too steep and the garage entrance gives me 2" on either side until i'm in the garage all the way. at least the FWDs open up all the way when i force them and set always fully open at this location.
     
  15. TSammy

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    step 1: go to dollar store and buy 20-30 of the plastifoam "noodle" floaties. Summer is over and they are on clearance.
    step2: glue them around your trailer inside at 18" high and 24" high
    step3: back model x into garage
    step4: position trailer in front of Model X with ramp almost flat and trailer body below ramp
    step5: set summon to minimum margins and glue a 4x4 across floor to stop front wheels
    step6: Summon forward into trailer, all the way...hold button untill you hear the 4x4 groan.
    step7: Push additional 4x4 into rear behind rear wheels or better yet use airplane chocks and pop them a few strokes with sledge to seal the deal.
    Happy trailering!
    Also you can substitute the U-wash-it bay for the garage with the right slope. In fact the U-Wash bay works real good because you can tow the trailer through, set the ramp angle, then drive the X around the pull through bay from the other side.
     

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