Does anyone know why the Tow Hitch is an option for purchasing the Model 3 in the UK and not North America?
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.
Even in EU it's odd as Tesla will only sell it with new cars, won't let owners install later. Makes no sense.
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?
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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...
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?
"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..." that was @don.lind's comment not mine. Got pasted in.
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.
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.
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.
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.