Installing A Trailer Hitch On A Tesla Model X – Video

AUG 19 2016 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 12

Tesla currently offers a tow package as an option on the Model X for $750. It is capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs. when the X is equipped with 19 inch wheels, and 3,500 lbs. when riding on the factory 22 inch wheels. The receptacle for the detachable hitch receiver (2 inch) is concealed by a plastic plate to keep out dirt.

Tesla Model X Hitch Receiver And Key

Tesla Model X Hitch Receiver And Key

An accessory bag is also provided by Tesla that includes the hitch receiver, wiring harness, and all other necessary components.

As one can see, the difficulty in installing this particular hitch is caused by the locking mechanism;  it has a spring loaded lock dial, so that the hitch can remain secured to the vehicle, requiring a key to remove it.

Teslarati noted that one should choose carefully when selecting a bike rack, or other utility racks for the vehicle, as some may not allow the hatch to be opened easily and/or allow access to Supercharge at the same time.

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My parents’ rv has the exact same thing.

Hm, this is probably not what is sold in Europe (or at least Germany?). Couldn’t see anything where e.g. our trailer could be attached. Maybe the article title should be more precisely.

notting

It’s a hitch receiver. You can attach anything you need to it – like a ball mount, bike rack, carrier rack, etc.

You show a drop ball mount. This is NOT a good picture to show, as I described below- to quote manual:

‘The Model X hitch receiver supports a ball
mount up to 8” with a rise of up to 0.75”. Do
not use any type of drop ball mount.’

Yes, I was just grabbing a quick photo from Google for an example. Ha, a drop mount is definitely a no go!

I had to actually get one of these for our Murano since the hitch is so close to the ground.

What does “drop ball mount” mean? That the ball is at a lower level than normal, e.g. small trailer (also small wheels) attached to a big car?

notting

Compare the zero drop ball mount (in my link from the comment below) with the drop ball mount in the photo above. And then note that the drop ball mount above becomes a rise ball mount if you flip it over, unscrew the ball and screw it in the other way round.

If a bike carrier is mounted on the back of the vehicle and not mounted somewhere above the bumper which is I think less common (=without anything that has to do with a trailer), it’s mounted on that ball – at least the one’s I found in the popular car accessory online shops here in Germany.
E.g.

notting

I consulted this same video a couple weeks back when I was experimenting with the hitch. The manual is devoid of comment on the detent ball which must be pushed when removing the mount. As I stared at the mount, after removal, completely locked, I knew there had to be something Tesla failed to mention. An important detail, indeed.

The manual does point out that the ball mount should have zero drop, which was errant in the video posted here recently about Model X towing. Many ball mounts reverse to provide a rise or drop. I found myself getting online to accommodate this requirement. I bought a zero drop, multi-ball mount https://trailerparts.com/tri-ball-mount-hollow-shank-black-balls-pro-series.html

Why is a trailer hitch only available on Model X with air suspension?

Probably so the X can compensate for the weight of the towed object pressing down on the hitch.

But then I know nothing about towing trailers, so take that with a block of salt.