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Tough Purchase Decision: Roadster or Semi?

Discussion in 'Roadster 2020' started by Haxster, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. Haxster

    Haxster Member

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    What to buy. What to buy??

    With so many similarities: like electric motors, steering wheels, displays, seats, windshield wipers, etc, it's tough to make a choice between the two. Here's my first effort to help anyone in the same dilemma:

    Some Pros and Cons, Roadster vs Semi:
    • Room for four (sort of), but less space for "the captain”
    • Attracts hot chicks, but this makes the wife unhappy
    • Fits in the garage, but can’t pull the speed boat
    • Easier to park, but harder to find in a parking lot
    • Somewhat faster ;), but less safe in a collision
    • Terrific on twisty roads, but can’t see over traffic
    • Great fun to drive, but harder to make money with
    ...or, maybe just buy one of each o_O
     
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  2. larmor

    larmor Active Member

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    Semi creates a business and that business can buy you a roadster.
     
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  3. PhatCat

    PhatCat Kisco Kid

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    With 7375 lb-ft of torque it could tow the semi.
     
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  4. Haxster

    Haxster Member

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    Yes. And what a sight that would be!

    So, will the Roadster have a trailer hitch option?
     
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  5. BerTX

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    Why not make a Tesla toy hauler, with the front part of the Semi trailer as your RV and the back part to house the Roadster. Park the Semi in an RV park for a few days to charge it at [email protected] while you drive the roadster around the area to see the sights, then load up and move on...
     
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  6. FlyingCookie

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    I could justify a mortgage on a Semi and a Roadster if I did this!
     
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  7. Uncle Paul

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    I think the new pickup truck would make a fantastic base for an RV : >)
     
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  8. Johann Koeber

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    I sure hope someone builds this. Always wanted an electric RV.
     
  9. brucet999

    brucet999 Active Member

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    What, and put the Onan company out of business? :)
     
  10. Petra

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    :rolleyes:
    Let's be real here: supercars primarily attract men.
     
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  11. supersnoop

    supersnoop Tesla Roadster #334

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    I can count the number of hot chicks my Roadster has attracted on one hand. While wearing mittens.
     
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  12. buttershrimp

    buttershrimp Fresh Prince

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    So this many?
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  13. brucet999

    brucet999 Active Member

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    Them's not mittens, they's polydactyl gloves. :)
     
  14. buttershrimp

    buttershrimp Fresh Prince

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    That's what she said.
     
  15. ecarfan

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    As someone who recently bought an X 100D so that I could tow a camper trailer, I love the idea of a new Roadster towing a specially designed highly aerodynamic camper! With that 200kWh battery it would have decent range even when towing (since towing would likely cut the usable range by up to 50%) if the trailer was properly designed to fit into the Roadster’s slipstream. The front end of the trailer would come to a low, rounded point the size of the rear of the Roadster, where the trailer sleeping area would be and your feet would be. Behind that the trailer volume would expand into a center section for the kitchen/bathroom area, and then the tail would taper like the Bowlus Road Chief Home - Bowlus Road Chief and the rear of the trailer would contain the seating area.

    Obviously the potential market for such a trailer, optimized for the dimensions of the new Roadster, is small. But I think that in the near future, as huge numbers of Model 3’s hit the road (which I think will have a towing option at some point) and then the Model Y, along with increasing numbers of Model X, trailer manufacturers are going to realize that there is a market for a highly aerodynamic camper trailer. At the moment there is nothing on the market that meets that description, in my opinion. The Bowlus comes the closest, but at well over $100K it’s not a realistic choice for more than a few. I want to see something around 20 ft long for less than $50K that is optimized for a low CD.

    The Tesla Semi as shown is not something I would want for a recreational trailer tow vehicle. Too large to easily maneuver in campground. However, a half size version of the Semi could be a very compelling tow vehicle for a camper trailer. Seriously, of course I don’t expect Tesla to create such a vehicle any time soon. But maybe in 10 years...
     

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