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Old 05-23-2018, 06:31 PM   #1
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Soon-to-be owners of a 17B that will tow it with an Electric Vehicle

Hello Everyone, I'm Nic. My wife, Charliann, and I ordered a 17B that should be delivered in Sept and we can't wait!

We plan on towing our escape with an electric car, and from the looks of things... there haven't been too many of you to try it yet. (I've only seen a few posts about it previously.)

We'll be bringing 3+ dogs with us almost everywhere and hopefully a cat on occasion. This is our first trailer and there's a lot to learn. hah
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Old 05-23-2018, 06:45 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard Nic. The same general guidelines for towing capacity, GVWR, GCWR, etc. should still be followed, regardless of how the tow vehicle is powered. Can you share some specifics about the exact make and model of your vehicle?
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:08 PM   #3
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Hello Bryan, I've seen a lot of your posts heh.

We own a Tesla Model X 100D. One of the first concerns many people have when we say we plan on towing with it tends to be something along the lines of "will it have the power to tow?" which I find to be a bit humorous.

That being said, just because they can tow a crazy amount of weight for a short distance doesn't mean it's rated to do that. So to answer your question, the Owner's manual says that the GVWR is 6,788 lbs, but they generally suggest 5,000 lbs.

However, when you get the low profile tires like we did (because, lets be honest... they look SO MUCH better lol), they suggest a max GVWR of 3,500lbs. This is the one of the reasons we went with the 17B over the 19.

The main question we have when it comes to towing with the Tesla will be "how much will it impact our range?" That's a question we don't have a great answer to yet. We've read things that claim as little as 20% impact on range to 50% impact. We will find out when it comes.
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Thanks for the reply. With a 3500 lb towing capacity you should be able to tow a 17, but that won't be the big issue. The big issue is the one you identified and that's your range while doing it. Some studies and articles I've read suggest a 55% to 60% reduction in range while towing, from somewhere in the 550 wh/mi area up to the mid 900 wh/mi area. The Teslas are very aerodynamic, and adding all that blunt frontal area and weight behind them really has an impact - perhaps more so than a conventional engine vehicle. As you say, you won't really know how much until you try it.

I guess one cool thing about it would be the ability to plug in to a campground power post and charge the car overnight.
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All I know is there is no charging station at Harmon Lake.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:42 PM   #6
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That's exactly right. We towed a friend's trailer (a small utility trailer loaded with some stuff) to try it out and our average Wh/mi was 573. You identified the main culprit, aerodynamics. The Tesla is almost exactly the same width (6'7") as the trailer (6'8") which helps somewhat as it should tuck behind the car a bit more than some of the wider trailers out there, but there will still be plenty of wind resistance.

The saying for electric cars has been "go slow to go fast". In this case, it's mostly wind resistance, and our experiment was at 65mph. We can slow down and greatly increase our range. It will definitely be something different no matter what. haha
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All I know is there is no charging station at Harmon Lake.
There is a supercharger in Hope though, only 70 miles away (111km) haha. We've been to it actually.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:46 PM   #8
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Thank you for making this thread, I'm really looking forward to seeing how your Tesla handles towing a camping trailer. I wish you all the best of luck and hope the experiment turns out well!
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Maybe a spoiler on the roof? But you could stop at the Arby’s in Sterling Colorado and charge your battery and get a sandwich. There were two Tesla’s there when I stopped a couple years ago.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:01 PM   #10
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Thanks @Y is Me, may I ask what the flipped floor plan on the 19 looks like? (You mention it in your status.) I've never seen that and a friend of ours is looking to buy a 19.
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