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The Model S Pulls trailer a total of 258 Miles & Review of Towing Capability.

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  1. islandbayy

    islandbayy Active Member

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    #1 islandbayy, Jun 23, 2014
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    Pulled a generator I sold 129 Miles one way, and then returned home another 129 miles a few days later. All I can say at this point, is that I cannot wait until I get a Teardrop camper!!! That will be awesome!

     
  2. JFK

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    Excellent!

    I want to do some towing when I get my car.

    This must be a custom tow hitch. Was it much drama getting it made? How is the tow hitch mounted to the vehicle? You would need some strong mounting points because the car has no chassis.
     
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    #3 ItsNotAboutTheMoney, Jun 23, 2014
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    Did make me think that Tesla's back-in, edge-of-the-lot charging is 't good for people towing.
     
  4. islandbayy

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    The hitch is made by Torqlift Central, the EcoHitch series. About $320. I have another video in this forum and on my channel with the installation. It goes between the bumper and the car. Very sturdy.

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    Almost every SC I have visited has at least 1 space you can pull straight into, mostly for those reversly challenged ;)
     
  5. ZBB

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    I've only been to 2 Superchargers so far -- Flagstaff and Buckeye. All stalls at both sites are back-in only...
     
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    Come to think of it, Madison, and Mauston have a back Pull in, Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Pleasant Prairie are all back in.
     
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    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Do you want us to update the title? Sounds like you pulled the trailer 129 miles.
     
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    129 with generator.
    129 w/o generator.
     
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    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    I've never met a trailer that I couldn't unhitch if I had to back in somewhere w/o said trailer....

    Not the most elegant solution, but it probably beats waiting around for someone to build a straight-in charging site.
     
  10. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    I still agree with David. While he did literally pull a trailer 258 miles. The title implies (at least to me) that he got 258 miles of range from the Model S in one pull with a trailer and no charging.
     
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    If the supercharges are vacant, you can always pull up to a stall like a gas pump.
     
  12. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    That'll work if you stay with the car. If you go in for lunch etc... it may not be a very popular decision when others show up to charge.
     
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    Zno, pulled it 129 with generator and then another 129 home without generator.
     
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    Maybe you could clarify that with your first post because it reads to me like you pulled it one way and then just drove the car back.
     
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    @islandbayy: please could you give some written details such as range achieved before needing to charge? I also found the headline and first post misleading.

    Tip: Like a lot of folk I'm accessing TMC via phone much of the time which makes it tough to follow the video plus it would be really helpful to read your key points in a few sentences rather than watch a 12min film.
     
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    Sure, I will update original thread tonight, Off to work right now, sorry, but I will update! I am going to try and arrange to borrow a Teardrop camper from a local RV Dealer to test power consumption as well.
     
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    I would guess the Model S could pull these trailers just fine. I should consider selling our 30' Fifth-wheel to buy one of these... I hate even starting up my Duramax. I would say "go for it".
     
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    I'm not planning on loading anywhere near that much on my MS. I am going to be purchasing a Teardrop from RetroRide Teardrop Trailers, Teardrop Campers, and Small Campers Most Likely the 5x8. It weights less then 1000 lbs with Air conditioner. That leaves some room for Gear. Although, I'd rather have gear in the Model S, it would be more Efficient. Apparently, someone from Texas (Arlington I believe) already drove up to them, and picked up one of their Teardrops after seeing my post on them here last year.

    I am going to take a wing back by them and give a test drive pulling one on a back country road to gauge energy usage. I will need to charge up by them on a 240 though, as with my 60kW battery, I am cutting it close making the round trip from the Mauston Supercharger or Sandrift Resort. Rolled back in last year with CHARGE NOW on the screen...
     

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