Obioban wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:51 am
I have the etrailer hitch with a bike rack. Works well, no issues.
I also am fine with towing a small trailer short distances if useful. Hitch is rated for 2000 lbs of towing-- perfect for moving a lawn mower, etc.
I know almost nothing about EVs, but am not new to towing. The limiting factor on your hitch is going to be your tongue weight, and it probably can't handle more than 200lbs, unless that's what you meant to say.
The shorter the wheelbase and more rear biased the weight of the vehicle, the more tongue weight you need to be stable at speed so you'd want close to 15%. The i3 also has really skinny tires though, and I'd be surprised if you also don't end up overloading them if you tried anything close to 2K lbs. Lastly there's a matter of heat dissipation which can be a big issue, and that could overtax the vehicle.
I'd just rent a uhaul truck when needed, they aren't expensive, and it'd only be expensive if you're towing often at which point I'd trade in the i3 for a little Passport or something like that.
IMO its silly to mount a giant hunk of metal on the back of the vehicle anyway when BMW went to such extreme lengths to shave every pound possible, even putting in less speakers than expected, even if just carrying bicycles. I'd get yourself one of the temporary bike rack mounts that go on the back so you can remove it when not needed.