One or the other. 2" vs 1.25" along with the other differences.I already confirmed my build and then I realized that I ordered the tow package but didn't check off the free accessory hitch. Does anyone know what that means? Will I not be able to use the accessory hitch? Can a car have both?
If someone can explain to me in simple terms what the difference is between these two packages I would greatly appreciate it. Take to me like a kindergartener here, I am very confused by the towing terminology and have no experience with it at all. Tow hitch, tow mount, tow ball, tow rack...
What I'm trying to figure out is, if I get the standard 1.25 inch option, will it be possible to attach a light trailer to it, and if so what 'stuff' do i need in addition to whatever hardware Tesla gives me in order to accomplish that?
Something small like this U-Haul sport trailer (just looking for a little extra storage space for snorkel gear/groceries/duffel bags for a vacation... that sort of thing.)
U-Haul: Sport Trailer Rental
Or is that standard 1.25-inch thing only for a little bike/ski rack and that's it (like, nothing at all that has wheels on it will work...?)
The 1.25" thing is *only* for simple accessories like a bike rack. It is *not* for towing anything. If you plan to tow something that has wheels on it, you need the tow package (adds the connectors so that the brake lights, etc. on the trailer work and so forth), not to mention the reinforced connection to the car body for heavier weights and high drag.
The 1.25" hitch is *explicitly* an *accessory* hitch. They say quite clearly that it's not for towing, so it's not class anything.
If you want to tow, get the tow package.
I see what you are saying regarding not towing, but it I think it will still need to be defined as class l or ll depending on tongue weight it can handle?
A class 1 hitch would actually still be enough to support that little uhaul sport trailer I linked to above - though you could only fill it w about 400 pounds of stuff instead of 1000 pounds of stuff.
I guess for a use case like this, you are really just giving up the software package that only comes with the optional
Would love to see documentation from tesla but doesn't seem likely before my order gets locked down tomorrow.
I wouldn't count on it. The accessory hitch likely has no real support structure under the car to control something with a significant moment arm on it like a trailer, one good side wind and you could twist the accessory hitch significantly. The tow package has a high strength steel tow bar, that wasn't the case with the accessory hitch they demonstrated at the launch event. The Curt Cargo carrier should work fine though.
And, again, you don't get the electronics harness, which means that any true trailer (like the Uhaul you linked to) is a no-go because you can't route power and control to the tail/brake lights on the trailer, which is required.