Tesla Model Y Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model Y: Trailer Towing

The maximum trailer weight (including all cargo and additional equipment), and the trailer tongue weight depend on the number of occupants in your vehicle and the tires being used. The maximum towing capacity and trailer tongue weight must never exceed the following:

Trailer Towing

*Applicable only to vehicles with seven seating positions.

** You must operate within the speed limitations of your trailer and tires, and only drive at speeds appropriate for the load you are towing, the weather, road and traffic conditions, and your level of towing experience. Always obey posted speed limits and local regulations regarding speed.

NOTE: In Canada, towing is limited to 55 mph (89 km/h).

For trailers with a combined loading of more than 1650 lbs (750 kg), Tesla recommends using a separate braking system with an independent controller (see Trailer Brakes). Carefully follow the instructions provided by the trailer brake manufacturer to ensure that trailer brakes are properly installed, adjusted, and maintained.

The tongue weight is the downward force that the weight of the trailer exerts on the hitch. This must not exceed 10% of the maximum trailer weight. Carrying a significant amount of equipment, passengers, or cargo in the tow vehicle can reduce the towing capacity it can handle, which also reduces the tongue weight. Maximum towing capacity is calculated assuming the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is not exceeded (see Vehicle Loading).

NOTE: If the information on the hitch label conflicts with the information provided in this Owner's Manual, this Owner's Manual takes precedence.

CAUTION: You should only use Model Y to tow if you have experience and knowledge of how towing affects the vehicle and are able to safely load, secure, and maneuver the vehicle and cargo. Tesla's instructions are not all-inclusive of the knowledge and skills necessary for safe towing. Damage caused by towing a trailer is not covered by the warranty.

WARNING: Do not overload the vehicle or trailer. Doing so can cause poor performance, vehicle damage, and loss of vehicle control, resulting in serious injury.

WARNING: Do not use the trailer hitch to transport Model Y (see Instructions for Transporters).


     Tire Pressures when Towing

    When towing a trailer, tire pressures must be adjusted to accommodate the additional load. 19", 20", and 21" tires are acceptable to use for towing. Keep tires inflated to the pressures shown below

     Before Towing a Trailer

    Before towing a trailer, you must do the following: Inflate tires to the cold tire inflation pressure specified in Tire Pressures when Towing. Ensure your vehicle's Adaptive Suspension Damping

     Towing Guidelines

    Model Y is designed primarily as a passenger-carrying vehicle. Towing a trailer puts additional load on the motor(s), drive train, brakes, tires, and suspension and significantly decreases range.


     Flat Spots

    If Model Y is stationary for a long period, tires can form flat spots. When Model Y is driven, these flat spots cause a vibration which gradually disappears as the tires warm up and regain their original shape. To minimize flat spots during storage, inflate tires to the maximum pressure indicat


    Press the end of the drive stalk while Model Y is stopped. Model Y automatically shifts into Park whenever you connect a charge cable or if two or more of the following conditions are met simultaneously while traveling slower than approximately 1.5 mph (2 km/h): The driver's seat belt is unbuck

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