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Trailer Hitch Confusion (Chapter N, where N >> 1)

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by Padelford, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. Padelford

    Padelford Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2017
    Why is this (the European/Norwegian ball hitch for the Model X and a standard part from Bosal) (Thanks to Bjorn Nyland):

    Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 7.00.26 PM.jpg

    compatible with these tow hitch rules for the US Model X:

    Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 7.17.23 PM.jpg

    The European ball hitch clearly violates the 3/4" ball offset rule in the US manual. Did Tesla put a different Bosal hitch on the European Model X? I suspect not, but I don't know for certain.

    I'd love to see the towing section of the Norwegian Model X owners manual. Maybe by comparing that with the US manual, we can get more understanding of the US limits & their assumptions.
    • Informative x 1
  2. Yinn

    Yinn Active Member

    Nov 15, 2016
    Behind you
    Need measurements to be 100% sure...

    Distance from the insert to the flat part of the US hitch reciever.
    Add 0.75" Rise
    Add in the height of a ball height (typically 2.5" - 3")

    So all in all there's probably a tolerance of just under 4" from the flat portion. I have no idea how big those hands are, but that distance is believable. The other question is - have the weight limits been adjusted for the EU hitch? If there is a height difference, it might be compensated for in this manner

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