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If you're looking to tow things with your R1S it has a tow rating of 7,700 lbs. I'm surprised there's such a huge difference between its tow rating and the R1T's (11,000 pounds). Anyone know why that's the case?

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It most likely has to do with the wheelbase. I have an old Jeep TJ, it is rated at 2000 lbs, a Cherokee from the same year (same engine, axles everything) can tow 5000 lbs because it is much longer. Same deal here. I am sure someone can go into the physics of it, but that is the simplest answer. :)
 

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It most likely has to do with the wheelbase. I have an old Jeep TJ, it is rated at 2000 lbs, a Cherokee from the same year (same engine, axles everything) can tow 5000 lbs because it is much longer. Same deal here. I am sure someone can go into the physics of it, but that is the simplest answer. :)
I didn't consider that but it makes a lot of sense. I checked on Rivian's website and there's a 14 inch wheelbase difference between the two.

R1T wheelbase - 135 inches
R1S wheelbase - 121 inches
 

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I keep on looking and don't see any R1T with a hitch , does that mean truck doesn't come with it and you have to install it or its hidden?
 

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I keep on looking and don't see any R1T with a hitch , does that mean truck doesn't come with it and you have to install it or its hidden?
Towing update from the chat with them. Trailer Hitch is hidden behind removable panel. It is a 2'' Class V receiver. The R1T's towing capacity is 11,000 pounds and the R1S is 7,700 pounds. Also the trailer hitch receiver and vehicle structure are rated for a tongue weight of 810 lbs.
 

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I keep on looking and don't see any R1T with a hitch , does that mean truck doesn't come with it and you have to install it or its hidden?
Here's some screenshots from the Rivian hot weather testing video. You can see the R1T's trailer hitch. I imagine it will be the same for the R1S.


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Towing update from the chat with them. Trailer Hitch is hidden behind removable panel. It is a 2'' Class V receiver. The R1T's towing capacity is 11,000 pounds and the R1S is 7,700 pounds. Also the trailer hitch receiver and vehicle structure are rated for a tongue weight of 810 lbs.
Tongue weight for the R1T is 1470 lbs, not 801 lbs like the R1S.
 

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Rivian shared some updated info about the trailer hitch and receiver.

The R1T trailer hitch is there when you need it, and hidden when you don’t. A cover designed to improve aerodynamics comes off quickly by removing two retaining screws, revealing a 2'' Class V receiver rated for a 1,155 lbs. tongue weight. Trailer light and brake controls are provided via a 7-pin connector.

No matter what you’re towing, the R1T’s adaptive air suspension helps keep your truck level, even when pulling 11,000 pounds.



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Some good news for anyone that'll use their Rivians for towing, Rivian is looking to have some of their charging stations be able to accommodate vehicles with trailers.


Will Rivian Adventure Network sites be able to handle vehicles pulling a trailer?
Yes, many will. As we select and install locations, we study traffic flow into our sites and consider charger placement to account for vehicles towing trailers. While not every site will be able to accommodate a trailer, we do factor it into our selection criteria.
 
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