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Maine Rivian Club

A Rivian club supporting other Rivian owners from the Rocky Shores of Downeast Maine to the rural Western Mountains and every in between.

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GratfulDon
Wow - traveling from New York back to Maine and enjoyed the Holyoke Rivian chargers for first time - plug and play baby - so easy and cheaper than electrify
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GratfulDon
Had the extreme luck to score a friend's AirBnB a weekend ago to catch that 20+ inches of Snow at Sugarloaf. My first venture from Portland area past Augusta ... and it went quite well! Especially during the storm ... held the road great, and while I did have 2 moments of control loss, wow, the 4 independent wheels bit right in again ( I was in Snow mode).
The Hannaford's at Farmington ChargePoints worked well and is a very convenient place to have to chill for a bit. Was able to top off enough for the whole weekend there. And upon return was able to again top off enough to drive straight home.
While in Carrabasett Valley, they have installed a few Level 2 chargers at lot E, called The Switch, and there is one ChargePoint level 2 at the Outdoor center.
This bring up the need for the manually triggered Battery Precondition request as none of these were on the Rivian Maps yet, and my battery was pretty cold as it spent the night on a snow drift :) While not needed, I might have.
Loving my R1S in the winter! This vehicle is so awesome.
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CPT
There are 4 additional Switch chargers over at the Sugarloaf Golf Course parking lot.
Plugshare.com shows them as well. I asked Rivian to add to their network
Base area parking lot has a few Tesla level 2 chargers mounted to wooden half wall, plus a 110 outlet.
Glad you caught the fun storm :)

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Seoras
Has anyone any experience using the Irving Chargers in Bangor and Newport?

I'm torn trying to decide between what I want, Quad+20"AT and what is far more practical, Dual+21". The range difference would be the difference between having to stop and charge on the way to camp or doing it all in one shot. I live in Southern Maine and most of my day to day driving would be completely unaffected by the range difference, but those trips north are a concern. I was kinda banking on the Tesla network access next year before I realized that most of the Maine superchargers are version 2 and won't be usable. In particular the one in Baileyville being v2 was a huge disappointment.
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CPT
Bangor Irving worked well and was an easy place to top up. Used it a few months ago while in Bangor for kids event.
Seoras
Seoras
Glad to hear! I think between the Irving and the Superchargers in Bangor it is going to make those Northern trips much easier. I'm still waiting on my A2Z adapter but I'll be heading up that way as soon as I can to test the route up to Calais.

I doubt the Calais Supercharger will be on the V4 upgrade schedule any time soon so it will be a 30Amp dryer socket once I'm up there. Morbid curiosity has me looking forward to see how that works as well. Will I get enough range overnight to pop down to Machais or up to Canada etc.

I'll also have to do the route loaded up with kayaks and bikes too. I'm very interested in how much range that knocks off. I'm hoping I can compensate by just driving slower on the airline but I won't be popular with the big rigs if I do that :)
AdamEk
I haven’t bought my Rivian yet, but I talked to a guy who was charging his Ford Lightning at the Newport Irving. He said he got a couple hundred miles range while eating supper at the diner.
Hello fellow Rivian owners, Colorado 2023 R1S owner here and our family with 2 young kids and a new puppy is contemplating a move to Maine (Portland metro area - Falmouth / Yarmouth / Scarborough) and would love any feedback about living there with EV (public charging limitations), raising family, education, and general lifestyle change. Thank you.
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RIVN80210
Thank you for the thoughtful responses. I spent quite a bit of time in Durango on business previously and it’s beautiful down there.

You hit all the major things both pros and cons that we were thinking of. My wife who’s an architect is from upstate New York originally and understands what a slower pace of lifestyle is like and misses it. We were there this summer with kids and all of us absolutely loved it and seeing them be more free accelerated the timeline for us. We are planning to visit in the winter again and want to truly get a feel of living there before we decide.

I am surprised by the high cost of heating and electricity costs. Is it mainly from propane heating as non metro places are typically not connected to city’s natural gas lines or evenly split between gas and electricity? Would love to install solar and battery storage to offset some costs
swhme
swhme
@RIVN80210 we liked the idea of a slower pace, as well, but found that was only really the case when we vacationed there, not when we lived there. I think your pace follows you around 😅

Most houses are heated with oil (which is just diesel). There are some newer subdivisions that are optimizing energy use, Solar Way in Yarmouth comes to mind. Electricity works out to about 23c/kwh
Fred6v
Fred6v
How did you transport Rivian from ME to Durango? Or did you make the mega-drive?
CPT
We live in Portland metro area.
We have a gas furnace and gas backup generator (and grill hooked up too) that are connected to supply in the street. Our monthly prices on our setup are much lower then @swhme had. Combined Electric and Gas is about 300 in summer 800 in winter, including R1S that I drive about 2k miles per month.
We must use a lot less electricity. The rates are similar for us - last month @ 0.21/Kw.

Easy drives up to the mtns. I think you can round trip on a charge from this area if you are careful - never tried it. To much fun to drive less efficiently 😁 and easy to charge places. I haven't had an issue finding chargers. But I have had issues finding Fast Chargers. Have to plan a bit is all. Out west is a lot better charging infrastructure then here in Maine. We aren't there yet. Maybe sOOn?

Winters can be tougher if you don't like to play outside. It would be a lot of time to stay inside. As mentioned, many people will go off to play on the weekend - year round, not just winter. If that is not you, you should be able to find people though... may just take a while?

Weather changes often. If you don't like it, wait a little bit (or just get better gear). Variety options for each season is the norm.
Bugs can be persistent 😋. But worse other places I've been. Also, nothing venomous here is a nice bonus for playing outside.

I have lived in a couple places in the south and I prefer the weather here. There i felt like I had to escape from AC to AC. Hard for me to adjust gear for hot and humid. Everyone has their preferences. Find yours. :)

Your pace can definitely follow you where you go. Sometimes a move gives you a chance to reset. Sometimes it's just you.

Not as much open space as some areas out west. But good places to escape to if you want. Not just North Maine Woods (a fun place to explore for sure). A few hours here can get you to other states, or a little longer gets you to Canada.

Pros and Cons to all places. This areas works for me. Good luck in your search and hope you find a good spot for you and the family.
Seoras
Any recommendations on Maine garages for doing inspections, wheel rotations or similar regular services? If so, did you provide jack pucks or just trust them to know the vehicle, jack points and such? Not opposed to popping down to the service center but would be nice if there was a closer option for that regular stuff.
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Seoras
Seoras
I am going to answer my own comment with this recommendation: Neil's Motors Inc in Biddeford (https://neilsmotors.com/index.html). I had my inspection done there and they are a great shop, super friendly, knowledgeable about the Rivian and they had all the jack pucks and such already.
Paradigm_Shift
Had my windshield replaced at the service center in Chelsea las week. It had been hit by a large stone a few weeks ago. Dropped the truck off in the morning at 9 and had it back by the end of the day. Was provided with a loaner R1T so I could run some shopping errands while in Boston area. They also did the recalibration so Driver+ works fine. I was told by Safelite they could not perform the recalibration.
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kewlasu
kewlasu
Thanks for sharing that. How long did it take you to get an appt for this at Chelsea?
Paradigm_Shift
Paradigm_Shift
the windshield replacement was added to an existing service ticket. That ticket was opened in mid-October. None of the items were function related - appointment was to straighten /align body panels.
Paradigm_Shift
Picking the truck up in the morning after having PPF installed on front surfaces and applying front window tint. She'll be almost ready for when the roads are sanded. Planning to apply Cosmoline or fluid film type coating to exposed metal components underneath.
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Paradigm_Shift
This weekend we drove up to our cabin in the R1S for the first time. We now refer to her as the trail limo. Our camp road is pretty rough and steep in places. The Rivian never missed a beat and provided a luxury car ride compared to the F250 work truck and was much more composed and comfortable than our old LX 470.
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Finally driving the R1S and it is fantastic so far! looking forward to the adventures (and the mundane drives to the transfer station) to come...
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It's almost time!
My R1S is in now Chelsea and all steps completed except signing docs and payment. Now to schedule an appointment. I might have been able to go get it this weekend but my wife (and ride ) just left with some girl friends for Quebec. It's been a long wait but I suppose I can tough it out for another week. Sad part is my nephew is visiting from the bay area and was hoping to see and drive. Timing is everything I guess 🤷‍♂️



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Brookliner
Brookliner
Where are located? Have a friend drop you off in Portland and take the train down. What a great adventure for you and your nephew.
Paradigm_Shift
Paradigm_Shift
No need. Will pick up next Saturday. My nephew is only in town for a day so I’ll do will spend time outside of a vehicle. He can check out the R1S next time he’s in town
kewlasu
Unfortunately no Rivian RAN chargers in ME yet.
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Waveflyer
in Freeport with a blue r1s, but where are the fast rivian chargers in Maine? Come on rivian! Just went to Acadia and used a waypoint at Indian preserve — what a fiasco! Got woken up at midnight and kicked out and read the riot act for taking advantage of free charging by the guy running the preserve. Why rivian put a charger here is bizarre they don’t even pay for it. Also there was absolutely no indication that this waypoint was part of a nature conservancy park in the rivian app. Incredibly disappointing seeing this is the first time I ventured out of my normal range from home chargers. If you can’t sleep at a level 2 chargers it’s almost useless for us car campers. Will be contacting rivian about this for sure.
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Paradigm_Shift
Greetings everyone. Just joined the club. I should be taking delivery of our R1S in early September. It sure has been a long wait.
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kewlasu
ArchitecTT
ArchitecTT
Great - I was the only Rivian there last year. I expect a few more of us this year.
kewlasu
kewlasu
I didn't make it there last year as I just got my R1T last Jul. I did show my R1T at the Freeport event and in Portland. I think Will will have his R1S in this event as well.
Just (FINALLY!) got my R1S from the Boston service center today! Black/black max pack. Mid-Coast Maine. I’ve seen a couple others around (a silver R1S and a blue R1T) and can’t wait to start seeing more!

Reserved a R1S green/ocean in September 2021. Received shop access 7/12/23 in response to a friendly chat with customer support. Placed order the next day (they had my original config available but I impulse-decided to switch colors). Heard from my guide on 7/19. A quick 15 days after placing my Rivian Shop order, it’s mine!
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Newb26
I'm in South Portland and organize events in New England for the Northeast Rivian Club. Last month we had an event in York Maine, then one in NYC. This month we had one in Cape Cod, and on July 22nd we are having one in the upper valley on the NH/VT border. Our website is still in process but in the mean time you can check out the Rivian Clubs of America site www.rivianclubs.org
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Still awaiting my R1T with max pack up here in Hancock County. Reservation since Jan 2020.
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Nullogy
How much was the price difference/did you have to pay more to change it from quad to max pack?


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