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I'd say that it's plenty of space considering that it's an adventure vehicle, not a work truck. I was about to pull the trigger on a Gladiator and there the concern about bedspace is a lot more real, as it's missing the frunk and tunnel. For the adventure application, the current bed should be more than enough
It's interesting how similar the two beds are for size

Rivian R1T
  • Bed width: 51 inches
  • Bed length with tailgate up: 54 inches

Jeep Gladiator
  • Bed width:56.8 inches
  • Gate opening: 50 inches
  • Bed length with tailgate up: 60.3 inches
 

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Do we know if sheet goods will fit lying flat in the bed?
I reached out to Rivian today and they stated the distance between the wheel wells on the truck bed is 50", so it will barely accommodate a 4x8' sheet of plywood. I think for most contractors who do light construction the truck bed will be fine. Anyone who does a lot of building has their materials delivered to the job site anyway. There are times I may need an 8' or 10' 2x4, and this bed would suffice.
 

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I reached out to Rivian today and they stated the distance between the wheel wells on the truck bed is 50", so it will barely accommodate a 4x8' sheet of plywood. I think for most contractors who do light construction the truck bed will be fine. Anyone who does a lot of building has their materials delivered to the job site anyway. There are times I may need an 8' or 10' 2x4, and this bed would suffice.
Let's be honest, this is as much of a "work-truck" as my track car. Anybody that does hauling day-in-day-out would never spend ~$75k for a car.
 

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I’ve not seen it marketed as a “work truck”. It’s an adventure vehicle. If you want a work truck, wait for the F150.
 

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I just put my $1K down yesterday so I may be the newest member here. I would like more bed room even at the cost of less cabin. My needs aren't as a work truck as Im retired. I have a crew cab F350 long bed with a slide in camper that I plan to keep. Im tired of mounting and un-mounting the camper whenever I need a truck bed. I think the Rivian will work for my needs and it seems like it is coming sooner. Still, from my POV and if I were king for a day I would like more bed. If the F150E came out sooner I might jump that way if it had more bed. I do see some huge advantages to having a motor at each wheel and the cool capabilities that brings. As kind of a related point- I have more solar panels than I need so with "free" electricity I don't need the most efficient vehicle out there - as long as it is electric. That is where I started thinking of an electric truck.

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I just put my $1K down yesterday so I may be the newest member here. I would like more bed room even at the cost of less cabin. My needs aren't as a work truck as Im retired. I have a crew cab F350 long bed with a slide in camper that I plan to keep. Im tired of mounting and un-mounting the camper whenever I need a truck bed. I think the Rivian will work for my needs and it seems like it is coming sooner. Still, from my POV and if I were king for a day I would like more bed. If the F150E came out sooner I might jump that way if it had more bed. I do see some huge advantages to having a motor at each wheel and the cool capabilities that brings. As kind of a related point- I have more solar panels than I need so with "free" electricity I don't need the most efficient vehicle out there - as long as it is electric. That is where I started thinking of an electric truck.

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Welcome to the forum Steve!
 

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I just put my $1K down yesterday so I may be the newest member here. I would like more bed room even at the cost of less cabin. My needs aren't as a work truck as Im retired. I have a crew cab F350 long bed with a slide in camper that I plan to keep. Im tired of mounting and un-mounting the camper whenever I need a truck bed. I think the Rivian will work for my needs and it seems like it is coming sooner. Still, from my POV and if I were king for a day I would like more bed. If the F150E came out sooner I might jump that way if it had more bed. I do see some huge advantages to having a motor at each wheel and the cool capabilities that brings. As kind of a related point- I have more solar panels than I need so with "free" electricity I don't need the most efficient vehicle out there - as long as it is electric. That is where I started thinking of an electric truck.

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Welcome @Stevew! Aside from the R1T and electric F-150 did you consider any other trucks like the Hummer or Cybertruck?
 

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R99, The hummer is not really my style. I don't want to live quite that large! :). The cyber truck will probably be good but Im not crazy about the looks. So in my mind that leaves Rivian and then the typical Detroit players.

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R99, The hummer is not really my style. I don't want to live quite that large! :). The cyber truck will probably be good but Im not crazy about the looks. So in my mind that leaves Rivian and then the typical Detroit players.

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Welcome.

I agree. the Hummer is a massive upgrade over the R1T. Its almost like upgrading to a heavy duty pickup and for most of us that's unrealistic.

Anyone ever wonder what customer demographic Rivian had in mind from the start?
Because the R1T seems to be more on the mild side of pickups and they didn't give us footsteps...
Maybe the data says most R1T's will be used like the average SUV?
 

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R99, The hummer is not really my style. I don't want to live quite that large! :). The cyber truck will probably be good but Im not crazy about the looks. So in my mind that leaves Rivian and then the typical Detroit players.

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That's definitely fair. Plus GMC is pricing the Hummer way above the other trucks as a "super truck"
 

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Just saw this on the cold weather testing in MN article. Perhaps an extended cab vs. crew cab that also includes a longer bed?

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The average height of a male in the US is approximately 5'9" (69 inches), when thinking about trips in a vehicle in terms of adventure the constant trade off considerations w/r/t planning always include in some priority order: Goal of trip, Time to do it, safety/security etc. but security/safety is always a constant in the top priorities . . . that is to say if you are injured the rest of the priorities get triaged below the immediate life threat, and if you are dead, well the trip is over. So it seems like if I was making a truck bed length w/r/t the humans involved (the main market Rivian is trying to attract) and I was making it with the aforementioned practical considerations in mind, I'd make the ability for 2 men to sleep in that truck bed in a safe/secure way (tailgate up) fully stretched out. On the diagonal that truck bed is about 73 inches, so it could work for maybe one guy sleeping in it with the tailgate up, but if the numbers worked out (no loss in vehicle range etc.), it probably would have been a good idea to make the tail-gate up length in the bed to be 69-70ish inches for practical human considerations. I guess they could figure out a way to open up the cab side of the truck bed into the gear tunnel or something like that with the current truck specs if this were an important enough issue to create a solution for.
 

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I'd prefer a 6.5' bed but I could make the R1T work for my needs. I imagine some aftermarket company will come out with a suitable bed extender, making it possible to haul anything with the tail gate down.

I'm more concerned about the height from the floor of the bed to the bottom of the power tonneau cover. It would be nice to be able to fit a 20lb propane tank standing up and our dual fuel generator. They both fit perfectly in my Tacoma.
 
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