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Towing jet skis to North Lake Tahoe

Discussion in 'Model X: Battery & Charging' started by millertime, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. millertime

    millertime Member

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    This week my family took a vacation to Donner Lake in the North Lake Tahoe Area. We took our Model X and towed a pair of jet skis on a double trailer. I was very nervous about the climb up the hill and can report that the X did great. We have a P90D and the available towing power is amazing. When passing, one could easily forget that you have anything behind you. We live in Cupertino and made it to Rocklin supercharger on one charge from home. I set the cruise control to 55 initially and cheated some to 60 mph when my wife protested that the drive was taking FOREVER. We charged in Rocklin and headed up the hill to Donner pass. At the peak this is about a 7300 foot elevation change. We arrived at the Truckee supercharger with 75 miles to spare. Our trailer is about 2000 lbs with both skis and gear. We are a family of two adults and three kids, two cats, and a fully loaded car for a week vacation. I expected to run out of juice before the summit... I was pleasantly surprised. With the trailer and loaded car, we averaged about 550 wh/mile on flat land and 750 wh/mile on the climb up the hill. Hope this helps others making a similar journey. We also have made the trip carrying bikes and skis with a yakima full tilt hitch and ski adapter and was pleased with the performance of this accessory. It is the same as the Tesla branded version on the website, and I am very happy with how it worked. I'm not sure how the trip would go with a 5000 lb boat in tow, but with our two jet skis, it was a breeze.
     
  2. Macgaver

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    #2 Macgaver, Jul 11, 2016
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    Thanks for sharing. I have too sea-doo that I want to tow in 2 weeks. I have a 160 Miles run between chargers and I am actually calculating/preparing to know if I try it or not

    They are heavy seadoo (the one with suspensions), so my total weight is more around 2300lb

    I also have the P90D, with the 20" tires. What wheel do you have ?
     
  3. Macgaver

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    Thanks to "Post History", I now know that you have the 20" All-Season (larger than Performance, but should be same range).

    Just to help me better approximate:
    - your average speed on the flat (where you had 550wh/miles) was 55 mph or 60 mpg?
    - your average speed in the mountains (where you had 750wh/miles) ?

    Thanks in advance
     
  4. Colby Boles

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    Thanks - this is a good datapoint for my future trips from SF to Tahoe. Mostly I'm jealous that you have jet-skiing cats though.

     
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