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Reisender

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Posted: 04/04/22 11:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Folks. For those that are towing with or plan on towing with a Tesla, here is a little info on charging at Superchargers that don't have a trailer spot at the end of the row or a pull thru. Still very common and pull thrus and trailer spots have only started to show up in Superchargers that have been built in the last couple years, and sometimes even on new ones like the one in our home town.

So count on using 3 spots. It looks like 4 spots here but that is because someone was parked at the end of the row and I didn't want to crowd them for the sake of a picture.

Anyway. This happens reasonably often. If the supercharger is quiet then this is acceptable. If not expect to unhook the trailer which really isn't that big of a deal. Tesla is building more and more stalls suited for small trailers but as more and more people tow with their Teslas they are going to need a lot more.

Tip. You don't have to get too close to the curb as you swing in. A couple feet is fine. The cable easily reaches that far and you can pull far enough ahead to not impinge on the 4th spot (like I am doing in this picture). [emoticon]

Obviously charging at the campground is still the easiest method, but we do lots of dry camping and this is still a reality sometimes. The joys of being a pioneer.

Safe travels all.

JMHO. Cheers.

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F150 Lightning EV and a 20+ trailer may be another story?

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jdc1 wrote:

F150 Lightning EV and a 20+ trailer may be another story?


True. But this is a supercharger so it wouldn’t work anyway.

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“So count on using 3 spots. It looks like 4 spots here but…”

I wouldn’t block two or three charging ports while using another to avoid unhooking. Similar to cars taking RV/truck spots at roadside rests. Very inconsiderate.


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Pretty convenient when all the spots are empty. What do you do when all the spots are full and there is no one attending their vehicles? I saw this very same circumstance off Interstate Five in Woodburn, OR. Full charging stations while the owners were eating at the nearby restaurants or at the outlet mall. I would be a little warm if I was on a long distance run and needed a charge.

I assume the chargers were there because of the restaurants and the mall, and proximity to the interstate. I've considered a BEV as a third vehicle but will probably wait until sufficient infrastructure and manners are in place. I fill my diesel at Costco; I would never consider going in the store to do some shopping while the pump is running.

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Durb wrote:

Pretty convenient when all the spots are empty. What do you do when all the spots are full and there is no one attending their vehicles? I saw this very same circumstance off Interstate Five in Woodburn, OR. Full charging stations while the owners were eating at the nearby restaurants or at the outlet mall. I would be a little warm if I was on a long distance run and needed a charge.

I assume the chargers were there because of the restaurants and the mall, and proximity to the interstate. I've considered a BEV as a third vehicle but will probably wait until sufficient infrastructure and manners are in place. I fill my diesel at Costco; I would never consider going in the store to do some shopping while the pump is running.


Yah that would suck. So far so good. But really it’s just a small teardrop. It takes 3 minutes to unhook and back in the car. And some Superchargers have trailer spots or drive thrus. People don’t leave their vehicles unattended to long as that can run into idle fees. In my experience that hasn’t been a problem but I’m sure it could be. We also charge at the campsite when staying at serviced sites. Although this year we have been dry camping more.

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Just curious.
How far can you tow on a charge (lets say on the hwy)?
And how long does it take to recharge?
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SteveAE wrote:

Just curious.
How far can you tow on a charge (lets say on the hwy)?
And how long does it take to recharge?
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Kinda depends. We are in BC so mostly mountain type 2 lane roads. We have never run it down anywhere close to zero, but I’ll speculate on around 240 kilometres....ish?

A typical Supercharger stop is around 15 minutes for us, maybe 20 minutes if we are having lunch. A typical travel day for us is anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. We usually have to stop to pee before we have to stop to charge. [emoticon]. We combine the two. [emoticon]. Works for us.

Hope that helps.

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Glad it works for you. At those numbers not for me , have fun.


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Sjm9911 wrote:

Glad it works for you. At those numbers not for me , have fun.


Thanks.

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