One of the cool things we learned about the Model Y way before deliveries started, but after its presentation in March of 2019, was that it would come with a tow hitch for carrying bikes, camping gear, coolers, snow equipment, and even towing a trailer.
Now, if you’re a Model Y owner and are considering the hitch tow, the question is… Should you pay $1,000 for Tesla’s tow package or is the aftermarket $300 tow hitch good enough?
They’re both rated at a 3,500 lbs of towing capacity and 350 lbs tongue weight capacity with all wheel configurations.
Tesla’s tow package comes with the following, priced at $1,000 ($1,200 if you purchase it after delivery):
- Metal tow bar with 2 inch receiver
- Factory wiring harness
- Tow mode software
The EcoHitch by Torklift Central comes with the following, priced at $300:
- Metal tow bar with 2 inch receiver (standard) or 1.25 inch receiver
- Option to purchase a wiring harness separately (~$175)
- Step-by-step instruction pamphlet
In this video by our friends at Living Tesla, they explain the main differences between the two and recommend which one to get depending on your needs:
If you decide to go with the aftermarket tow hitch for your Model Y and need a step-by-step guide on how to install it, check out iTesla’s video. He also covers the trailer wiring in this other video.
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