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Texas owners/reservation holders thread

edited November -1 in Texas
I thought having a general thread for Tesla owners and reservation holders to discuss Texas EV issues, arrange meet-ups...etc might be a good idea. Looking forward to the Model S finally coming.
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    Are there any Roadster owners in the Waco, TX area (or between Austin and Dallas)? It's about a 200 mile trip which is possible but if I can find a place to charge with an HPC and not have to drive 55mph on I35, that'd be ideal. I almost never drive to Dallas but am making a trip in April. Thanks.
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    I'd also like to add the same request for the I-20 corridor between Shreveport & Dallas?
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    There really needs to be an EV station between Houston and Dallas, Austin and San Antonio
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    Too many forum topics for me -- I posted something and now can't find it!?!?

    ANYWAY, I was invited to test drive in Fremont next weekend and I signed up since I'll be vacationing in the Napa Valley. Since I live in Houston, this is a stroke of luck!
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    Lynn005 - Definitely share your thoughts on driving the vehicle... I was going to go to the Fremont event, as well, but decided I didn't need to drive it since I am buying a Sig anyway and part of the money is already non-refundable... If you have any photos or video, please share those too... :-)
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    I went to the Fremont factory on Saturday for the test drive. The Model S drove even better than I anticipated. The torque was ridiculous and the low center of gravity allows you take curves at very high speeds. The onramp to the Nimitz Hwy was like an S curve -- by the time I entered the freeway I was going faster than the rest of the traffic. It took no time to get used to the accelerator, and the regen braking works like a charm. Part of the route included a very bumpy road. The car was very steady and quiet (even with the radio and A/C turned off). I placed my order for a Signature Performance (yes, I upgraded) in Signature Red this morning. Now the hard part - the WAIT!
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    I'll share photos soon.
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    Thank you! Did you test drive the performance? I'm still leaning towards plain sig versus performance just because I don't think I need the extra Speed (and I drive aggressively already). lol...
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    I splurged on the Performance. I think all of the cars available for the test drives were Performance models, and I was hooked. If I could have test driven a regular Model S, I might have stayed with that. But I did like the white seats better and could opt for the Carbon Fiber by choosing the Performance.
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    Cedar Park here. #2984. Interested in the conversation in the Austin area.

    Did everyone see the test drive announcement? I didn't know it had been expended to include Austin, but I'm excited!
  • edited November -1
    The Texas swing is brand new. I had already planned on going to Chicago but glad they didn't ignore Texas.
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    I got my paperwork and signed it today. sequence number 2358
    They say delivery will be December or January.
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    Congrats! Hopefully December in case the tax credit is removed for next year.
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    I test drove a regular 85 in Austin, not the performance model. It was fantastic and very fast. Hopefully a good number of non-Tesla aware people got to see how amazing the Model S is as it smoked them driving around the Domain area :)

    Now to find an electrician to run a 220v circuit...
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    @J King, I'm right behind you at P2984 and also got my email as well. Same at December/January.

    Same here... gotta get a dryer outlet set up in my garage.
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    @DriverOne, @DavidWSmith: I checked the 'have SolarCity contact me about installation option' and initially got a call from SolarCity saying that they didn't yet support Texas but were looking for a partner. Not long after that they called back and said for my area (Houston), they had partnered with Mr. Electric. They came out yesterday, provided an estimate, and did the NEMA 14-50 install immediately. Fortunately I had one space free in my panel for the 50 amp breaker and my garage is unfinished, so running the circuit was pretty easy.

    I'm good to go.
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    Excited about reserving my 40, #10000, so I have some time to wait. Would be interested in a Dallas area group.
  • edited November -1
    Hello All.

    Attended the Dallas Drive.
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    Actually changed my order because of the drive: Got the sunroof to add a few cm of headroom and ordered the 85KW battery instead of the mid range. Also went ahead and took the extra adaptive suspension order so that moved me from next year to Nov/Dec.

    Was doing a bathroom remodel and got the electrician who was here on mon/tue of last week to run a 14/50 in the garage. Actually mounted it in the ceiling and am using an inertia reel to retract the charger plug. Mounting it where I can remove the module if I need to go long range (e.g. Houston, Austin, etc.).

    I am located in McKinney

    Regards
    WJ P188
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    @William Jones: Welcome! If you don't mind me asking, did you design the retractable setup yourself? Or did your electrician supply it? Photos and bill of material would be appreciated if you have them handy--I think a lot of folks would like this type of setup.
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    @ Stephen pace ...

    If you go to: http://www.paragonmed.com/anes.shtml and look at ceiling drop hose / hose retractor, you will get the idea.

    This is the actual piece:

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3Wg2mHepMks/UESVHs0KZTI/AAAAAAAARDk/-Ytt81cPJT8/s800/IMAGE_83602D50-9DFC-4AEA-BD37-1247792C1467.JPG

    I could not find it online (maybe you can) so I had to have a guy at work (distribution) order it from some big seventy pound catalog he had sitting in his workroom.

    If enough people are interested, I could dig deeper into where he ordered it and see if there is a place that caters to retail.

    WJ P188
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    @William Jones

    Wondering what is retracted - an extension cord or the Tesla charging cable?

    Thought I read somewhere that extension cords are not recommended by Telsa.

    If its the Tesla cable, do you plan to get a spare to keep in the car?

    Thanks.
  • edited November -1
    @markpeterman

    Good questions:

    The hose is attached to the hose - in the case of the intended use of this. In the case of the charger, the inertia reel is on the auto end of the charger cable: that is - not from the NEMA outlet to the module.

    The module will be mounted on a piece of plywood (painted all nice like) that is mounted between the support bracket rails of the garage door openers (two bay on left, one bay on right). The module mount will allow for quick removal.

    95% of my travel will be home to home and I will recharge at night. For the times I go to Waco or Austin etc and need to take the charger, I will remove it from the mounting, un plug it and carry with.

    Back to the inertia reel - it has one function: It will retract the auto end of the charging cord into a "curly-que" (for lack of a better term) that will suspend from the charging unit ... to keep it off the ground. You pull on it, and the 1722 extends to reach the car. Let go, and it retracts to hanging from the ceiling again.

    I'll take pics when it is all done.

    WJ P188
  • edited November -1
    I finalized and got a Feb/March delivery window. Anyone else in that time or sooner?
  • edited November -1
    Yea, I'm #2984 and I'm quoted Dec/Jan. <sigh>
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