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So far the R1T only has one option for its bed size at 55.1 inches, which is shorter than the shortest F-150 bed (5 and a half feet/66 inches). Personally that's not a deal breaker for me but is that enough space for you? Or would you want to see a bigger bed option?
 

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55 inches is long enough to haul a pallet of material, but I also like to use my truck to pick up a yard of gravel, mulch or other materials. I'm concerned that bulk suppliers are going to balk at loading a 55 inch truck bed with a standard 72" wide skid steer scoop. As someone who plans to do real work with my R1T, I'd happily trade a shorter frunk for an additional 17 inches of bed length. A six foot bed is what I've had on my trucks in the past and always found adequate.

Fifty five inches is also shorter than the average length of an adult bike: 65 to 71 inches, though with the front wheel turned sideways, I'm guessing I could still throw my bike in the back bed of the R1T when I'm in a hurry and too lazy to mount the bike on a rack.
 

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I would imagine that you'd be able to throw your bike in the back without an issue, if not that's not a good look for Rivian.

From everything we've seen so far, Rivian isn't really focused on the R1T as a work truck, more of an adventure vehicle. But hopefully they do create a version with a longer bed for people like you @suterco
 

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Plus Rivian has said they plan to build 6 EVs by I believe 2025. Assuming that includes the R1T and R1S, we now know it will also include a delivery van, however, not sure if that was known prior to Rivian making that statement of building 6 EVs. None the less, point is more EVs are planned by Rivian. Question is, will they be distinct EVs (ala different class of vehicle - pickup, SUV, delivery, sedan, sport, etc.) and/or be deviations of their EVs, for example, a pickup with a longer bed (among other features to warrant it as a new EV versus just a new option to the original R1T) and perhaps call it R2T.
 

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Plus Rivian has said they plan to build 6 EVs by I believe 2025. Assuming that includes the R1T and R1S, we now know it will also include a delivery van, however, not sure if that was known prior to Rivian making that statement of building 6 EVs. None the less, point is more EVs are planned by Rivian. Question is, will they be distinct EVs (ala different class of vehicle - pickup, SUV, delivery, sedan, sport, etc.) and/or be deviations of their EVs, for example, a pickup with a longer bed (among other features to warrant it as a new EV versus just a new option to the original R1T) and perhaps call it R2T.
That's very true, just because they say they're making 6 EVs, it doesn't mean they have to be all new designs. I could definitely see them making a R1T with a longer bed with either 2 or 4 doors.
 

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I use my truck to haul sheet goods - 4'x8' - plywood, sheetrock etc. I also purchase sheet steel that is 4'x8' (and heavy!)

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Since the bed is 55.1 inches (4.6 feet) it's likely going to be a tight fit. What truck do you use now to haul your sheet steel?
 

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Since the bed is 55.1 inches (4.6 feet) it's likely going to be a tight fit. What truck do you use now to haul your sheet steel?
Large orders - I get delivered on a flatbed! I currently have a Honda Ridgeline that has a similar size bet to the Rivian. Even though I appreciate the full size truck bed-length I like the smaller size and nimbleness of the smaller vehicle. The Rivian would be similar size-wise to my Ridgeline, I bought that new the first year - 2006, and its ready to retire...

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Large orders - I get delivered on a flatbed! I currently have a Honda Ridgeline that has a similar size bet to the Rivian. Even though I appreciate the full size truck bed-length I like the smaller size and nimbleness of the smaller vehicle. The Rivian would be similar size-wise to my Ridgeline, I bought that new the first year - 2006, and its ready to retire...

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My biggest concern is that the bed should be able to have 48" sheet goods lie flat, that means the width should be adequate to allow.
 

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My biggest concern is that the bed should be able to have 48" sheet goods lie flat, that means the width should be adequate to allow.
I guess it'll depend on how much the wheel wells get in the way.

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This is not aimed at the workforce
This is a fun truck
You can adapt anything
Or get a trailer
This is aimed at campers bikers fun
If I were still a pool guy I could definitely make it work
So if you want it make it work or move on
 

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This is not aimed at the workforce
This is a fun truck
You can adapt anything
Or get a trailer
This is aimed at campers bikers fun
If I were still a pool guy I could definitely make it work
So if you want it make it work or move on
Are you planning on getting the R1T @Heyvernsky?
 

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I'd love to be able to use the R1T for 4-season camping with one of the new self-contained slide-ins such as a Kimbo 6 (Home | Kimbo Campers) or Scout Yoho (Scout Truck Campers). The ability to off-load the camper at your destination and have a standard pick-up to off-road or even just run out for supplies, is really appealing. Plus, in theory, with 11,000 lbs of tow capacity, you'd also be able to hitch a boat or dirt bike trailer. Unfortunately, the Rivian probably will not be able to accommodate any COTS slide-in camper. Here's how I see things.

For this thought exercise, I'll use the Scout Yoho, one of the smallest and lightest full-feature, slide-in campers with freestanding capability. It has a base weight of 913 lbs but with options (such as jacks, heater, refrigerator, etc) will come at about 1,250 lbs. Adding just two passengers and their gear and luggage will likely bring the total over the R1T's max payload of 1,760 lbs. While the R1T has substantial towing capacity, you'd need more payload capacity because of tongue weight. So towing anything with the camper in place is out of the question.

Even if you can live with the payload limit, the 55" R1T bed rules out something like the Yoho, which though among the shortest available, is still nearly 70" long. It's not so much the considerable overhang that makes things impossible, it's the center of gravity due to the short bed.

Am I wrong about this? The R1T appears to be an ideal truck in nearly every other way but it looks like it really can only be used with lightweight, soft-side pop-up campers or for trailer camping.
 

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I'd love to be able to use the R1T for 4-season camping with one of the new self-contained slide-ins such as a Kimbo 6 (Home | Kimbo Campers) or Scout Yoho (Scout Truck Campers). The ability to off-load the camper at your destination and have a standard pick-up to off-road or even just run out for supplies, is really appealing. Plus, in theory, with 11,000 lbs of tow capacity, you'd also be able to hitch a boat or dirt bike trailer. Unfortunately, the Rivian probably will not be able to accommodate any COTS slide-in camper. Here's how I see things.

For this thought exercise, I'll use the Scout Yoho, one of the smallest and lightest full-feature, slide-in campers with freestanding capability. It has a base weight of 913 lbs but with options (such as jacks, heater, refrigerator, etc) will come at about 1,250 lbs. Adding just two passengers and their gear and luggage will likely bring the total over the R1T's max payload of 1,760 lbs. While the R1T has substantial towing capacity, you'd need more payload capacity because of tongue weight. So towing anything with the camper in place is out of the question.

Even if you can live with the payload limit, the 55" R1T bed rules out something like the Yoho, which though among the shortest available, is still nearly 70" long. It's not so much the considerable overhang that makes things impossible, it's the center of gravity due to the short bed.

Am I wrong about this? The R1T appears to be an ideal truck in nearly every other way but it looks like it really can only be used with lightweight, soft-side pop-up campers or for trailer camping.
I think you're right @Yossarian, it's probably why Rivian has only shown the R1T with tents on the bed rather than an overhang camper.

 
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