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Tow Hitch Opening

Discussion in 'Model X' started by jajabor, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. jajabor

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    #1 jajabor, Apr 27, 2018
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    So, I finally installed the tow hitch on my March 2017 MX. Anyway, now that the cover is gone, small animals or snakes could get in through the opening and build a nest. There's a nice little gap between battery and the bottom shield. It's rattle snake season in California and I'm a little worried. Just wondering how everyone feels about it and if anyone has any suggestions.

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  2. Ruffles

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    Hmm. I hadn't considered rodents. I prefer the clean look without it installed so I remove my hitch whenever I'm not actively using.
     
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  3. jajabor

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    Yes, rodents, road debris, and water are my concerns as well...
     
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    Same here, I pop the hitch off when it's not in use. It stays in my frunk and I keep the cover on.
     
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    If I used it much, I would do the same. I wonder if you could order a spare cover and do some creative whittling :D to make one that would keep debris and critters out? I'm guessing Tesla assumes you will remove it all the time, but I can definitely see a case for never removing it, also. (I believe Bjorn never removes his, he uses it so much!)
     
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    I've asked about this. I guess I should remind my service center that I would like an extra to carve up. I leave my bike rack on all the time as I use it multiple times a week.
     
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  7. jajabor

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    This looks awesome!
     
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    Wasn't there a video Elon shared awhile ago where there was a kitty stuck in the back of an X. Less entry points into the car = better
     
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    I ended up cutting an opening in the door to allow the receiver to stay in place at all times. Also allows for chain extensions. I also cut a hole and moved the 7-blade connector to the rear of the belly pan, next to the hitch opening (just to the left in this photo).

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  10. AxeBro

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    I was going to say the same thing - what if we get a hole-saw and cut just the right amount? fit some rubber grommet/bushing around and boom, keep in there.
     
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    I can’t tell from your photo if you retained the cover for that connector or not. I would not leave it open and exposed, the contacts will get very dirty.
     
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    Hi Idoco,

    What did you use for chain extensions?

    Thank you, Shawn
     
  13. jajabor

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    Here's my version:
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    Looks like a good solution if you don't need access to the electrical connector. I just take mine off if I'm not using it, takes literally less than a minute to remove the towbar and replace the cover. I thought that was the whole point of a quick release! But obviously that doesn't help when it is in use if there are snakes and rodents about!

    I do wonder why they made the access panel so large. Maybe gives service access to other things?
     
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    Cover is still in place. Flipped closed in the picture. I have the hinge facing the front of car so when the cover is open it is easier to insert the trailer plug.
     
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  17. yancantcook

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    anybody keep the tow hitch attached for "bumper protection" or to ward off people from parking too close to you? I have it on but don't really plan on towing anything. Am thinking about buying the "bumper bully" hitch
     
  18. Peteski

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    Well you risk more serious structural damage if someone does whack the tow hitch, so it's swings and roundabouts there.
     

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