How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a Tesla Model Y

Adding a trailer hitch to a Tesla Model Y requires only a few tools, a Draw-Tite 76430 trailer hitch, and a short amount of time to complete the installation. This trailer hitch and installation process will work for the Tesla Model Y year 2021.

Follow these basic steps to begin hauling trailers and other kinds of hitch-mounted accessories for your Tesla Model Y today.

Tools needed:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Torque Wrench
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool
  • 15mm, 10mm, & 8mm Sockets

Tesla Model Y hitch installation steps

1. Remove cargo panels

Prior to installation, we will need to prep the vehicle for the addition of the hitch. To start this, we will need to remove the cargo panels found in the rear of the vehicle. This includes the rear threshold panel, the cargo tray on each side of the car, and the center storage tray. Many of these items will feature push pins which can be removed with a flathead screwdriver.

2. Remove tail lights

The vehicle's tail lights will also need to be removed to assist in the removal of the rear bumper. The rear side panels will need to be opened to allow access behind each tail light. Once you have gained access behind the tail lights, there are 2 nuts holding them in place which can be removed using the 8mm socket. After these nuts are removed, the plastic plug on the top can also be removed allowing the tail light to now be detached.

3. Remove rear bumper

Moving the tail lights to the side, there is a bolt present that can be removed to start the process of removing the rear bumper. Next, the underbody panels can be removed with the 10mm socket. Following this, there is a bolt located near the wheel well on each side of the vehicle that can be removed allowing the bumper to now come off.

4. Remove rear bumper beam

To remove the bumper beam, its three flange nuts will need to be removed using a 15mm socket. This rear bumper beam will not be re-installed.

5. Install trailer hitch

The hitch can now be raised into its proper position on the vehicle’s frame. The hitch should be aligned with the access points where the rear bumper beam was previously located. The same existing flange nuts can be re-installed to secure the hitch.

6. Tighten and torque hitch

After the flange nuts have been properly installed to the hitch, we will now need to tighten and torque the hardware according to the manufacturer's specifications.

7. Re-install removed bumper and cargo panels

With the hitch installation complete, we can now re-install the rear bumper, taillights, and cargo components.

You should now have your trailer hitch installed on your Tesla Model Y.

How much does it cost to add a hitch for a Tesla Model Y?

The price range of a hitch for a Tesla Model Y ranges from $280 to $390. U-Haul carries several different classes of hitches and offers different sizes to accommodate both 1¼ to 2-inch receivers. U-Haul offers both installation services at a local U-Haul Moving Center® and will ship your hitch to your home.

How much does it cost to have a hitch installed on a Tesla Model Y?

Installation costs are normally under $100 but you should check with your local U-Haul Moving Center® as prices can differ based on location, the hitch model you are installing, and your vehicle. All U-Haul Moving Centers can install a hitch to your vehicle and with over 1,500 U-Haul centers throughout the country, you can have your hitch installed and be back on the road in no time.

All trailer hitches sold and installed at a U-Haul Moving Center® come with the option of a lifetime warranty plan guaranteed to replace your hitch with no limitation for any damage, including collision, corrosion, accidental overload, jackknifing, and vehicle theft.

Tesla Model Y Hitch Prices

How long does it take to install a hitch on a Tesla Model Y?

Installation takes anywhere from 1 to 2 ½ hours depending on the hitch being installed and your vehicle. We recommend making an online appointment from our website to accommodate your busy schedule. In addition, U-Haul service centers offer an extensive line of towing accessories (Ball mount, Hitch ball, Pin, and Clip, Wiring) to help you safely tow your boat, camper, or trailer

Do you need a wiring kit for Tesla Model Y?

If you are planning to tow a trailer or camper with brake lights, running lights, and turn signal, you will want a wiring kit to power the lights on your trailer. The most common lighting harness comes in a 4 pin and 7 pin connector.  The 4- way connector has basic lighting functions (running lights, brake lights, turn signal) while the 7-way connector adds a 12-volt circuit, circuit for electric trailer brakes, and reverse lights. U-Haul offers both 4-way and 7-way connectors.  Find out which option is best for your Tesla Model Y. 

Wiring Kits for Tesla Model Y

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