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Yeah, it does work, as long as you have a pilot in the towed vehicle, but Tesla does not recommend it.

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No.

You cannot "flat tow" a Tesla behind an RV.
If you're bent on having the CT be a towee rather than a tower, you could get a 2-axle trailer to carry it. You could solar-panel the floor except for the CT's wheel paths, or the roof of an enclosed one.
 

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I'd only really be comfortable doing this with glider pilots in both vehicles, because we have a safety routine for towing two human-occupied vehicles with ropes at high speed that is pretty effective.
For anyone who's curious about the safety routine I mentioned, here are some videos which provide a pretty good introduction:

The airborne signals don't translate well to a road environment, but the rigor, humility, and teamwork you get from doing this in the air are important.
 

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You won't be able to two-wheel tow the Cybertruck, either. Tow mode is only for short distances.

https://rechargd.com/towing-tesla-model-3/

They might enable flat towing. There's always hope.

-Crissa
I'm not replying to the original question, I don't think I'm a brainiac. 🤪
However, I do feel Tesla needs to realize the importance of being able to tow The Cybertuck. I watch tons of YouTube videos on off-road recovery. It is essential to have the ability to tow and have recovery points for any vehicle taken off-road. I plan on taking my Cybertruck lots of places where it would be virtually impossible for a tow truck to access. Sure The Cybertruck should be very capable, but shit happens and you have to plan for that possibility. Here's a video from last week when things got challenging.
 
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why not just get a travel trailer instead? or better yet, wait a bit longer to see if 5th wheels will be compatible with cybertruck.
I just bought a cheapo tow vehicle today with the idea of ditching it when my CT is available. Now shopping for an Airstream ! :)
 
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Assuming you were going to do this, you'd create a special plug and tie into the wiring elsewhere.

Dragging an EV to tow it is just a dumb idea. At worst, you're wasting gas. At best, you're gaining a couple percent as you normally use linked brakes.

-Crissa
Agree and regret if I forgot to add the caveat, "If on the way to a location where no other charging were available" which I had thought I had said. Thank you, JR
 

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I just bought a cheapo tow vehicle today with the idea of ditching it when my CT is available. Now shopping for an Airstream ! :)
As I said upthread, we took the exact same approach. My "cheap" tow vehicle is a 2010 GMC Sierra Hybrid. It's working out well for us so far!

We started out shopping for Airstreams and Lance trailers, but the price/availability picture wasn't too favorable given our constraints. One of the Lance 2185s I fell in love with was listed on RVTrader, but wasn't really for sale -- but the owner was just looking for excuses not to sell it, and succeeded in finding one.

We bought a new Forest River No Boundaries 19.3 from Camping World instead, and it looks like a great fit for our family of 5 and a good match for our tow vehicle. The no-slides bunkhouse floorplan works well for the way we travel, so far. I'm betting that the modern materials (Azdel) mean it will remain weatherproof over the next couple of decades. I liked the price of the new "No Bo" a lot better than the used Lance or Airstream prices.

If an Airstream fits your family and budget, though, they look pretty sweet! And they have a reputation for multi-decade longevity. Depending on your needs and budget, though, some of these other options might be a good fit as well.
 

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I have a CT on order and may be about to buy a Super C Class RV (mid size diesel chassis) that can tow 15,000 lbs. I want to boon dock so may be away from chargers and love CT as large onboard battery can provide power off grid to the RV.

Question: While towing can I 'activate' the CT so that towing behind the RV recharges CT batteries through very mild re-gen?

Ultimately may add enough PV to do the job but in the meantime I wonder.

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Jay
(Maybe) fun trivia:

Boondock is one word. It comes from the Tagalog word, bundok, meaning mountains. In WWII, the American soldiers in the Phillipines picked up on this word and started calling their boots "bookdockers" - which is where the word comes from.

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Yes, but boonies is an Americanism.

US soldiers occupied the Philippines since the Spanish-American war in 1898, so it's been a part of English for a long time.

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Currently Tesla does not support a mode where you can tow one of their vehicles on it's own 4 wheels. There's a "Tow Mode" that can be activated temporarily to disable the parking brake and put the vehicle in the equivalent of neutral in order to winch it onto a flatbed. The "Tow Mode" is only active for a few minutes and only allows the Tesla to roll at a very slow speed. If the time runs out or the car rolls faster than the limit, the parking brake will be re-applied.

We don't know yet if Cybertruck will be different. Hopefully Tesla can see that people want the option and figure out a way to make it happen without increasing wear and tear to the drive units or battery pack.
It would be cool to use the downhill regen for holdback
 

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