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Tow Hitch for Model 3...

Hi everyone,

Does anyone know why the Tow Hitch is an option for purchasing the Model 3 in the UK and not North America?

Thanks

FISHEV | December 7, 2019

Tesla laziness, same on providing the CCS adapter EU'ers have CCS port ability and US'ers do not.

I think some owners were buying the EU Model 3 tow hitch parts but there should be a "Tow Mode" in car operations in addition to the physical hitch parts.

You can purchase two hitch for US Model 3.

https://stealthhitches.com/

Even in EU it's odd as Tesla will only sell it with new cars, won't let owners install later. Makes no sense.

https://insideevs.com/news/348663/tesla-model-3-tow-hitch-europe/

Magic 8 Ball | December 7, 2019

Back in the saddle,eh!

Why did EaglesPDX, a long time forum disrupter and Tesla hater, buy a Tesla and become FISHEV?

When someone that never had grace falls, where do they go?

Tronguy | December 7, 2019

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don.lind | December 7, 2019

I think I'm likely to just give up and put one of the 3rd party hitches on my M3.
And risk voiding my warranty.

I'm tired of begging people with "real" cars/trucks to drag my small boat 4 miles to the boat launch.
It really doesn't present the M3 well to others when you have to do that.
And I'm NOT gonna keep an old ICE vehicle around just to tow my boat.

Early tweets on the Model 3 from Elon said the M3 would tow.
It does in Europe... Sigh...
I love my Model 3, but this subject does make me grumpy.

Yes, I could rent a vehicle to do that, but it'd mean two 70-minute round trips to the nearest rental place...

jrweiss98020 | December 7, 2019

There are a couple aftermarket hitches available, as noted above. Another consideration is whether there are any sensitive electronics (e.g., wiring harness, effect on aft sensors) that might be adversely affected by a trailer. Does anyone have a good read on these?

FISHEV | December 7, 2019

"Early tweets on the Model 3 from Elon said the M3 would tow. It does in Europe... Sigh..."

It is baffling but we know demand for 2k# tow on family car is big in EU and not in the US. So Tesla gave EU customers what they wanted and ignored US customers.

it is odd that Tesla only lets you buy it with the car and not add a Tesla hitch to the Model 3 after you buy it (see the Inside EV's link above). It makes you think that Tesla does not want owners towing as they are actively discouraging it in US and EU for Model 3.

Is there a "Tow Mode" with Model X and Model 3 that do have factory hitches?

Yes, I could rent a vehicle to do that, but it'd mean two 70-minute round trips to the nearest rental place...

FISHEV | December 7, 2019

"Yes, I could rent a vehicle to do that, but it'd mean two 70-minute round trips to the nearest rental place..." that was @don.lind's comment not mine. Got pasted in.

MichMan | January 11, 2020

I plan to install the stealth hitch for primarily a bike rack. A question/s to anyone that has done so; Will it cause back up alarm and interference with sensors? On other cars with sensors, it usually sets of close proximity alarm (when backing up) which can be silenced. EU models obliviously have hitches as options and a software update to reflect its use. Likely this is addressed with that. Just wondering what USA M3 experiences has been. Thanks for any insight/s.

mikenorthrup | January 11, 2020

Same question as MichMan. I just want to carry 2 or 3 bikes. But I'd like a different option than the stealth hitch--I'd prefer a hitch where I didn't have to get down on the ground to insert the connector. it appears that I would have to with the stealth hitch.

MichMan | January 11, 2020

I think your only option is going to be to install and leave it be. The stealth is nice because you can remove it when your not using it and not have the receiver visible. I have a 1991 Toyota MR2 that I installed a “hidden hitch” which has a 1.25 “ receiver in a vertical orientation that hides up under the bumper. It has a ball adapter that looks like the same deal as the stealth. However you still have to get down and reach up there to install.

benichols | January 12, 2020

I have had the eco hitch for over a year for carrying bikes. Has worked perfectly. With the rack on the sensors don't like it (they accurately detect a close object to the trunk) but it is not a problem driving and is not annoying. It takes less than 5 minutes to install + bike rack or take all off. No regrets.

EV'R | January 25, 2020

I want to put a hitch on my soon-to-be-delivered M3 and I wonder why Tesla is making this so difficult for USA owners. It may be related to the corrosion potential when attaching a steel hitch to the aluminum underbody. Corrosion is exacerbated when road salt is added to the mix. The solution is well known in the marine industry: Coat the fasteners with TefGel anticorrosion paste, use nylon washers, place an isolating pad between the steel hitch and aluminum underbody wherever they come in contact. This is not rocket science.

EV'R | January 25, 2020

I want to put a hitch on my soon-to-be-delivered M3 and I wonder why Tesla is making this so difficult for USA owners. It may be related to the corrosion potential when attaching a steel hitch to the aluminum underbody. Corrosion is exacerbated when road salt is added to the mix. The solution is well known in the marine industry: Coat the fasteners with TefGel anticorrosion paste, use nylon washers, place an isolating pad between the steel hitch and aluminum underbody wherever they come in contact. This is not rocket science.

V2racer | January 25, 2020

Yes, tow hitch being available only in Europe is VERY annoying! My local Tesla guy (Australia) says tow hitches will become available "very soon" as after purchase install at service centres. I hope this isn't sales BS. I don't really want to be forced down the Stealth and Eco hitch route.

FISHEV | January 26, 2020

"My local Tesla guy (Australia) says tow hitches will become available "very soon" as after purchase install at service centres"

Per this link, you can only get the Tesla two hitch on Model 3 when you buy it. Service will not install it after delivery which is odd. Done to discourage people for towing with Model 3. Do any EU'ers have it? Does it include a tow mode for slower acceleration? An electrical connection for trailer lights and brakes?

Magic 8 Ball | January 26, 2020

FISHEV is evil

Providing links that do not officially speak for TESLA is part of his anti EV rhetoric.

Joshua.Miller | February 23, 2020

I installed the stealth eco hit today and with a bike rack on it the sensors go off while backing up. It is annoying but tolerable

vswendsen | February 24, 2020

I also have the stealth hitch and it works fine. As the name implies you don't see it unless you have the hitch part installed. You can see the ball in the back up camera so it is easy to back up and connect your trailer. Obviously you take a big hit to range if you are towing but for short trips to pick up an oversized item from Lowe's or Home Depot it works great.