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Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby jimbo69ny » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:58 pm

I have a 2014 Toyota Rav4 EV

I am built a range extending battery trailer that I call the T-Rex. It was kind of an experiment that worked great!

My ultimate goal is to build another range extending trailer with a larger battery and build a teardrop trailer over it.

To check out my progress you can check out my youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/jimbo69ny

Here is a video from another youtuber about my trailer.
https://youtu.be/Qb7vg08zluQ
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Re: Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby tx2sturgis » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:21 am

That is pretty cool....I watched a few of the videos....
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Re: Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby jimbo69ny » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:15 am

tx2sturgis wrote:That is pretty cool....I watched a few of the videos....


Thanks!
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Re: Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby nedfunnell » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:58 am

Hey, I plan to haul with an EV too. I have a Chevy Volt now, but would like to have a trailer that'd also work with a future BEV, like the Bolt. For that reason, I'm looking to go as light as possible, and to keep the trailer no wider or taller than the Volt.

I saw your battery trailer on Jalopnik- super cool! Where'd you find the extra battery?
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Re: Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby jimbo69ny » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:49 am

nedfunnell wrote:Hey, I plan to haul with an EV too. I have a Chevy Volt now, but would like to have a trailer that'd also work with a future BEV, like the Bolt. For that reason, I'm looking to go as light as possible, and to keep the trailer no wider or taller than the Volt.

I saw your battery trailer on Jalopnik- super cool! Where'd you find the extra battery?


That article sucked. Guy was a dick and refused to change the wording. He called me a Nut. I didnt like that.

I found it from a battery recycler after looking for many years. It was very hard to find.

Glad you like my build!
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Re: Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby friz » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:26 am

jimbo69ny wrote:
nedfunnell wrote:Hey, I plan to haul with an EV too. I have a Chevy Volt now, but would like to have a trailer that'd also work with a future BEV, like the Bolt. For that reason, I'm looking to go as light as possible, and to keep the trailer no wider or taller than the Volt.

I saw your battery trailer on Jalopnik- super cool! Where'd you find the extra battery?


That article sucked. Guy was a dick and refused to change the wording. He called me a Nut. I didnt like that.

I found it from a battery recycler after looking for many years. It was very hard to find.

Glad you like my build!
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Re: Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby jimbo69ny » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:45 pm

I love that shape. That is a very cool build. They seem like a ton of work to put together though!!!
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Re: Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby friz » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:41 am

jimbo69ny wrote:I love that shape. That is a very cool build. They seem like a ton of work to put together though!!!
It was a lot of work. It took me 6 months of all my extra time with a full time job and season tickets to collage football. Did not miss a game.

I would not tackle this project without a climate controlled shop either. The epoxy is very sensitive to temperature.

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Re: Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby rowerwet » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:21 am

The focus is an excellent T.V. for a lightweight teardrop.
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Re: Im going to be towing with an EV

Postby wriconsult » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:16 pm

If I ever get my camper built I'll be towing it with an EV ... without a range extender. We have a 2015 Nissan Leaf (which FWIW we got barely-used for 1/3 the new price, which made it more economical even than a used Civic or Prius). It wouldn't be our primary tow vehicle, but I'd sure want to try it out for getting to some of the closer camping spots.

There are several campgrounds within the round-trip range of our car from home. That doesn't count the extra drag of a trailer, which I suppose could reduce the range by up to half ... but then again, we can charge it up overnight at our campsite since it will have a 240V hookup, so we only really need to worry about the one-way distance. Obviously I'd do some shorter test drives before committing to an overnight, but I think it would be doable. Even if towing doubled the energy consumption we'd be getting the same MPGe as a Prius without a trailer. And I don't think it would double consumption ... speed is everything when it comes to the Leaf. Even without a trailer, going over 60-70mph absolutely kills the car's range. But I could could get to some of these campgrounds mostly going 40-45mph on back roads if I had to. At that speed I doubt it would be an issue at all.
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