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I had my 1st mile drive yesterday. I feel much better after going over the R1T and seeing firsthand the quality. I did not see any miss aliened panels, hood or doors. The only thing I found wrong was the express windows up when I hit the lock button once and then held it. 3 windows went up, but the driver's window did not. Everything else worked well.
I was very impressed and happy I waited. My delivery is scheduled for May / June. I drive an old Ford Sport Trac, very much the same body style. I have 2 places on my Ford where I seem to get paint chips. Behind the front wheel and in front of the back wheel. I was pleased to see that Rivian has covered these 2 areas with a clear film for protection.
The only other area that I have wear is the door thrush hole and I will cover that area with a clear film.
 

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Did my drive today - the first time seeing one in real life! It was very surreal driving the truck I have been obsessing about for a few years haha. Didn't have much time to go over everything but it was all so cool! I did notice VERY little room behind the drivers seat when I got out, I am 6' 4" and had the seat almost all the way back.
 

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Had mine today too. It was snowing pretty hard when he came. There’s two ways out of my neighborhood - one paved, the other a dirt road. I was hoping to test out the dirt road, but he said their policy for test drives is they have to stay on pavement 😠. Great guy and very knowledgeable about the truck. I didn’t really press him much on inside info since that would have just been frustrating for both of us. Auto wipers didn’t seem to be detecting the snow that was falling. I did verify that a pair of Armada ARV 106 skis in 188cm length will fit diagonally in the bed with the tailgate shut.
 

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I did verify that a pair of Armada ARV 106 skis in 188cm length will fit diagonally in the bed with the tailgate shut.
I don't suppose you took a picture, did you? I'm pretty sure that the bed will work fine for the kids' skis but I have my 192 DPS RPCs and my wife's 168? Wailers that I'm hoping all will fit with the tonneau and tailgate closed. Did it look like the two pair of longer skis need to stack on top of each other?
 

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I don't suppose you took a picture, did you? I'm pretty sure that the bed will work fine for the kids' skis but I have my 192 DPS RPCs and my wife's 168? Wailers that I'm hoping all will fit with the tonneau and tailgate closed. Did it look like the two pair of longer skis need to stack on top of each other?
Did not. 188’s we’re tight. 192’s would likely fit if you tilted them on the vertical axis as well. I’d probably put the 168’s in first on one diagonal and then the 192’s on top of them on the other diagonal in an X pattern in the bed. That would hopefully allow the longer skis to rest on top of the shorter ones to support the vertical tilt on them at the bindings vs the tips. Then just wedge the kids’ skis wherever you can. Depending on length, they might even fit in the gear tunnel. As your kids get older and into longer skis, you’re likely going to want to consider an enclosed box mounted on the crossbars instead of putting them in the bed. Four pairs of full sized skis in the bed will be tricky.
 

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Did my first mile drive yesterday. Overall a fun experience. I didn't exercise the functions of the truck as much as much as some people seemed to. But the one thing I did want to check was the power tonneau cover, due to other comments on this feature. The grinding noise it made was absolutely horrible! Our specialist spotted me heading for that switch and was ready with the "Don't worry, there's some dirt in there, yours won't do that". I'm really worried about this feature now that I have heard this for myself. Rivian really needs to make some official statement about this "We botched this design, have a new one in the works, will retrofit, etc"

-Interior feels very nice, and roomy, even the rear seats. Higher end than my Tesla for sure.
-Driving characteristics were great, as expected
-Sport mode is not for anything other than a drag strip. Made the mistake of merging on the freeway in this mode and then felt every bump/dip in the road, and it wasn't even a bad section of freeway. I would never drive around in this mode. All other modes were fine.
-The truck felt a bit bigger overall than I expected. Of course, I haven't had a truck as a daily driver in a long time (my Model 3 is my current car), so that probably factors into this. But I have owned plenty of trucks previously.

I wouldn't say that I'm 100% decided on this being my next EV, but this drive probably got me closer.

Kirk
 

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Question how is the ride quality vs the Tesla 3?
Much more comfortable, as long as you are not on the lowest ride height setting (which gets set by Sport Mode). Of course, it doesn’t handle like a slot car the way the M3 does, but it handles great for a truck. But 30 minutes went pretty quick, so certainly didn’t have time to really exercise the handling in all situations.

Kirk
 
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