This thread is about taking Model X camping. What are your needs?
I have no idea how many people are planning to take a premium crossover vehicle camping--but I certainly am! Here are a few items from my wishlist that I hope end up on Model X.
1) Leveling. I imagine instant-torque AWD will make leveling the traditional way pretty easy. But air suspension should allow for even easier leveling! When the terrain is only slightly uneven, it would be great if the suspension could auto-level: Pull in. Hit a button. You're done. In those rare instances when level is beyond the range of "Very High"/"low" then it should be easy to switch the low-side tires to "Jack" one at a time and put the required number of legos underneath. Then you could auto-level again for the perfect level. Presumably, after the initial adjustments are made, there would be no additional energy usage while the vehicle remained stationary.
2) Sleeping in the back. Hopefully the seats will fold flat for maximum cargo space, which will make it no problem to throw down a queen-sized air mattress in the back after you unload. Room for two, even tall people should fit fine. And if the seats don't take up all the space when flat, then you could have additional storage underneath.
3) No Auto-Lock. You should be able to leave doors unlocked indefinitely. No auto-locking, and it should be possible to leave the key in the car without it complaining and without any energy drain.
3) No flashy lights or noises. So many premium cars have non-camping-friendly behaviors, it would be nice to be able to turn these off manually when needed. For example: at 3am when someone I don't know's tent is right in front of my Model X, I would like to be able to open the door/back and get in without interior lights coming on, DRL/headlights turning on, any kind of flashing, beeping, alarming, etc. Dark and silent!
4) Low Energy Usage. I know several vehicles that keep the dashboard electronics running whenever any door/sunroof is open. This has resulted in many drained batteries while camping. It would be nice to be able to leave doors open indefinitely without any energy usage. It would also be nice to be able to turn off some of the background energy drains. When I'm outside of cell service, for example, I don't want Model X to keep trying to connect to TESLA, etc. Something along the lines of airplane mode. It should stay in that mode until you turn it off, so that even if you do need to turn the car on to roll up a window or something, you're still in low energy mode.
5) Jump Starts. It would be nice to be able to give a jump start if that were ever necessary when out in the woods. As mentioned above, sometimes those ICEs need a little help from their friends. Could be an optional adapter that could plug into a 12v outlet. Rather than have to remove a fuse (I'm guessing 12v ports are limited to a lower amperage than a starter needs?), it'd be nice to be able to temporarily override via software. Perhaps the adapter has both a DC plug and a USB connection so that Model X knows what's going on.
6) Towing. The combination of aerodynamics, curb weight, power, and low center of gravity would seem to make Model X an ideal towing vehicle for small trailers. Everything should still work properly when a trailer is attached (electrically). I know of vehicles that won't lock, or won't unlock, etc. when they're connected to a trailer. Also, regenerative braking (on 4 wheels!?!) makes choosing the correct threshold for electric trailer brakes a little more interesting. :-)
What are your camping needs? Please chime in!
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