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Does Hitch for 2020 Tesla Model 3 Require Use of Stablizer Strap to Carry Bike Rack

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I notice that all the hitch options for 2020 Tesla Model 3 have warning to use a strap for loads like bikes or cargo carrier. Is that specific to the Tesla due to some weakness in the hitch attachment scheme, or just a CYA statement in general for all hitch mounted carriers? I don’t see that warning, for instance, on the 2008 Prius 1 1/4” hitch. Thanks

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At one point some of the hitches we offered did require the use of a stabilizer strap when carrying a non-supported load like a bike rack but recently the one manufacturer that required this (Curt) decided it was not longer needed. So the EcoHitch you referenced part # EH84GR did not ever require the strap and currently still does not. This is the most hidden option we have has the lower hitch opening totally removes when not in use.

The Curt Class III hitch part # C45FR that fits your vehicle as well used to have the requirement but now no longer does. The lower hitch assembly of this does not remove.

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Does the same situation exist with the 1 1/4 inch version of the curt hitch for the model three?

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Yes this used to be for the 1-1/4 inch hitch from Curt # C52VR. But they have decided that it is no longer necessary.

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