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Hi crew, we will be moving up (to Vancouver) soon. We've been to Portland several times before and it looks like it's generally cleaned up since we were last here in 2021, but maybe not compared to pre-pandemic. How do y'all feel about having a more expensive vehicle in the city? I haven't noticed very many EVs or nicer vehicles in general. With electricity rates so low I'm a bit surprised.
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CharonPDX
CharonPDX
> Do cops care about tint?

Portland cops don't. Can't speak to Vancouver.
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LivingInKaos
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It seems that mostly in Oregon, if they stop you for something else, it may come up. Or if you are driving erratic and they want a reason to stop you, the tint may be a good reason.

As for your concern, honestly, I wouldn't worry about it unless you're parking overnight or for a long term at night. Now, if a riot, I mean, protest breaks out near where you parked, all bets are off.... :)
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I live in SUPER DANGEROUS NORTH PORTLAND and don't think twice about leaving my T in the driveway or even on the street as needed. I also tend to leave the thing unlocked now and then and haven't had a problem.
Don't be dumb - aka don't leave expensive things in view - but otherwise, don't buy the media narrative.
I also work in the 'Couv and definitely see fewer EVs and Rivians up there. There is an S around the corner from my work though.

I will say that there are places to be extra careful; we had a much crappier car broken into while on a hike in Forest Park.
LivingInKaos
On Monday, we sent out the RCA Membership announcement from Arron Apperson, the Director and Chairperson of Rivian Clubs of America. We are a few days in and off to a great start. Portland is the #4 spot for top new memberships and I’d like to keep that up if not get us closer to #1 !

That said, I am going to do a giveaway. All new members that are enrolled as of midnight May 31st, 2024 will be entered into a drawing for one NEW Rivian Windshield Sun Shield ! $125 value.

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So, if you’ve already enrolled, GREAT !, you are already entered in the drawing. If not, here’s your chance to get a little something special…. I will hold the drawing on Jun 3rd and announce the winner once they’ve verified their info. Should they decline the offer, we will draw again until we have a taker.



Sign up today ! - https://rivianclubs.org/membership



Here is a repeat of the Membership Rollout Announcement –

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This message from Arron is being forwarded to all Chapters today by Chapter leadership.



Greetings RCA Community,



We’re thrilled to announce the official launch of the Rivian Clubs of America (RCA) expanded membership program in our commitment to delivering the best possible experience to you, our valued community.



As part of this exciting development, RCA is proud to introduce an exclusive partnership with Tread Lightly!, a national initiative dedicated to protecting and enhancing recreation access and opportunities.



RCA has pledged from its inception to bring together Rivian owners and enthusiasts as a community committed to living life adventurously, through social events, volunteering, and sharing knowledge about our vehicles and how to use them effectively and responsibly. As a federally registered 501(c)7 organization, you can have confidence that membership dues will go toward mission-related activities that benefit all members or fund Rivian-centric opportunities for engagement with each other as well as opportunities to give back and support their larger communities.



RCA is pleased to announce the following membership tiers and benefits:



Journey Tier

For a contribution of $60, receive a one-year membership, featuring:

• Membership to Tread Lightly!, including exclusive discounts & offers

• Discounted access to national and regional RCA-hosted events, including off-roading courses, camping weekends, and social meetups

• Monthly insider newsletter

• Extended benefits including membership access and event discounts for household members

• Exclusive RCA swag



Expedition Tier


For a contribution of $250, receive a five-year membership, which includes all benefits of the Journey Tier, plus:

• Savings of $50 on membership fees compared to the Journey Tier

• Special inaugural memento in recognition of 5-year commitment

• And more exciting perks!



Legacy Tier

Are you all in? For a contribution of $1,000, Legacy membership offers you a lifelong adventure, providing access to the comprehensive benefits across all tiers, for life*.



As a founding legacy contributor dedicated to the spirit of adventure, we’ll celebrate your pivotal role in shaping our journey ahead with special recognition.



By becoming a member, you not only enrich your own experience but also support the organization's mission and grow the community regionally, nationally and beyond. Membership contributions enable RCA and its Chapters to provide event insurance, administrative support, and essential resources for gatherings, ensuring memorable experiences for all participants. RCA continues to work closely with Rivian, facilitating additional support for major events and enhancing member engagement through exclusive perks and opportunities.



Our community is the heart of RCA and your continued support will ensure we can expand our reach, host great events, and find even more exciting ways to create a community where we all belong, living adventurously for generations to come.



Sign up and learn more at rivianclubs.org/membership.



Sincerely,

Arron Apperson

Executive Director and Chairperson, Rivian Clubs of America



Please note: you will be prompted to create a login and password when you sign up on the membership page. You'll need to do this even if you've had login credentials in the past as this is a new system.



*The Legacy tier will grant members lifetime access to all RCA specific offerings. The no-fee Tread Lightly! membership will be included for the first 5 years of Legacy membership, and is subject to change.
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LivingInKaos
Buckle up! The Rivian Clubs of America membership is now LIVE! 🎉👀
Enjoy special offers, exclusive and discounted access to RCA events, perks for the whole family, plus score a membership to Tread Lightly!
All of this, and we’re just getting started. Sign up today at rivianclubs.org/membership. ✨
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SwaziCAR
SwaziCAR
By the way, the link to the Portland club on the RCA website seems to have a misspelling (portlan.rivianclubs.org) that prevents connecting to the Portland page. Inserting the missing "d" allows one to connect, at least on Chrome (and/or at least for me).
LivingInKaos
NACS Adapter Loaners -
I have acquired a few 3rd party adapters for the members of Portland Rivian Club to use as loaners while you wait for your official one from Rivian. Summer is coming and many of you are making plans for travel that would likely be helpful to have access to the Tesla Super Chargers. I know many are waiting for the official one rather than purchasing a 3rd party as well. SO, if you have a trip coming and would like to borrow one, LET ME KNOW and we can coordinate how to make the handoff.
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SwaziCAR
Looking To Borrow NACS-to-CCS1 Adapter for April 6 - April 16

All,

I have a NACS-to-CCS1 adapter on order with A2Z, but it's unlikely to arrive before I leave town April 7 for a fly fishing trip near Missoula. I'm therefore looking to borrow one for the trip.

The route to Missoula is pretty good for fast chargers, but Missoula itself seems fairly limited, and I'll need to get a full charge the night I arrive there in order to make it to the cabin, fish for seven days, and get back to Missoula. Assuming the EA station there is functioning, things will be fine; having the Missoula Supercharger as a back-up would make me feel better, however.

If anyone already has a NACS-to-CCS1 adapter and is willing/able to lend it to me, I would want to pick it up April 6 (the day before I leave) and return it April 16 (the day after I return). I would of course be responsible for any damage I do to the adapter (and any damage the adapter does to me or my truck or the Supercharger :)).

FYI, I'm in SE Portland very near the Aladdin Theatre.

Lastly, for others in a similar situation, although I'll be traveling quite a bit this summer, I won't always need the adapter (once I have it!), so mine likely can be borrowed in spurts.

-tom a.
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SherlockOhms
SherlockOhms
Does anyone know how many adapters are being shipped a month or planned on being shipped a month?
SwaziCAR
SwaziCAR
I received my A2Z NACS-to-CCS1 adapter this week and successfully used it yesterday. I charged for about 20 minutes (receiving about 30 kwh); I had no way to measure the surface temperature of the adapter, but the adapter was NOT warm to touch (air temperature was in the low 60s).

As noted above, I have several trips planned this summer but, if someone needs to borrow an adapter for a specific period of time, there's no harm in asking if mine is available. I do NOT check this site on a daily basis so, if you want to ask about borrowing the adapter, it's best to do so as far in advance as possible; direct message is probably the best route.

-tom a.
LivingInKaos
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OEVA Monthly Meeting @ Rivian SC

Just a follow up to my earlier post regarding the Oregon EV Association meeting for March 14th @ 7pm. Here is the official announcement from OEVA.

If you have not heard of or looked into OEVA, they are a great group with decades of EV experience and knowledge. They are consistently active in the EV community from many angles and a great resource. Membership is inexpensive, but all are welcome to come to the meetings and meet with folks and get a feel for the group.

If you've never been to the Service Center off 1st, here's your chance to get a no-anxiety visit ! and a behind the scenes look of sorts (not sure how much access they will be given).
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Revtruk
Revtruk
Hi visiting from the Los Angeles Rivian Club, I'm in Portland for work 3/21-3/24. Are there any club events or meet ups this weekend? Kindly, Ross.
LivingInKaos
R2 Lauch Party - Seattle

Wanted to let you know that I am planning on driving up to the Seattle Rivian Space on March 7th to attend the Launch Party with them. Oregon folks are more than welcome to attend if you like. Just RSVP at the link and we'll see you there !

https://events.rivian.com/seattle-r2revealwatchparty
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Also, I may be open to carpooling as well. We can find a meetup point along the way. It will be an early start (3:30-4am for me), so I don't really want to be driving cross town as well. Just let me know. The event is over by 11:30, so I plan to head out by noon unless a lunch party is arranged, but I do want to be back by 5p-6p too.
LivingInKaos
Just a heads up - Our friends at the Oregon EV Association are holding their monthly Thursday meeting at the Rivian Delivery Center on March 14th at 7pm. We are welcome to join them - and perhaps you will want to become a member (it's cheap - $20/yr).

Details are still pending, but should be able to be found on their website soon. As most of us know, parking may be a bit of an issue down there, but from what I understand they are looking to remedy that for that night by staging delivering vehicles a bit differently.

Oregon EV Association (oeva.org)
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LivingInKaos
Going to throw this out there and see if it sticks for anyone - considering a BBQ meetup at Little Crater Lake campground for the last Saturday in May. There is a campground there as well, so those that want to camp a couple of nights could. Position is such that we would welcome all the CORC members that would want to join as well. Little Crater Lake is beautiful to see if you've never been. It's not very big, but the coloring is much the same. If there is enough interest, I'll get it on the schedule and probably secure several of the camping spots. It's one that's on the reservation system.
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Great time out at Edgefield yesterday! Got to put a few faces to names, make some great connections and pet some beautiful pups. Thanks to all that came out to make it a fun morning. Look forward to seeing more faces at the next one !

I have to apologize for the age issue we experienced yesterday- Being a "bar", minors were not allowed inside and one member had his young son with him. There was a nice area outside, which we all would have probably stayed outside, but the wind just made that unbearable. I will try my best to be a little more in tune with this sort of thing in the future. If any of you have questions regarding an event along the lines of bringing family/pets/etc and I haven't addressed it, please let me know !

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Mr. Ham
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Perfect, then its a deal! I've been anxious to meet some of the crew.
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
@Mr. Ham It's hard to know for sure, but I think that there's a good number of folks coming from some of the feedback I've gotten. If for some reason the North lot is too full for us, we'll be in the lot down by the golf course and grab coffee at the Distillery Bar. I'll hang out in the North lot until 8am if that's the case and direct folks.
CharonPDX
CharonPDX
I haven't been since pre-COVID. Is this the new location for the Portland-area C&C, or is this a separate event from the Langer Farms (the last place I knew it was happening.)
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
@CharonPDX Separate - just a PORC Cars & Coffee - I did invite the Oregon EV Association to join as well, so there might be a few non-Rivian folks.
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
Heads up, we're going to meet all the way in the back at the distillery bar. Coming from Portland, use the first entrance to Edgefield and just drive all the way back, past the water tower towards the golf course.
LivingInKaos
PORTLAND AUTO SHOW

We have been invited to help out Oregon EV Association with their duties at the Portland Auto Show that starts next week. They have a Doodle Poll up for signing up for specific timeframes here - https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/eVJQYQBe

They originally had intended on having a Rivian to present, but apparently their contact was unable to get one authorized. Bruce and I have been coordinating in to attempt to get one, if not two. However, that can be a long shot.

If you had planned to attend anyway, volunteering for a couple hours one or more of the days would be a great way to gain entry for free ! We think this is a great opportunity to spread the word Rivian as well as prove what the Rivian community is all about.
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srnyoung
It's a long way off but it would be cool to drive over the hill en masse to say hi to Eva in Cannon Beach in May.
She was the 'featured owner' in the newsletter; an artist from Washington who has a show in Cannon:
https://stories.rivian.com/letsgonewsletterjan2024
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LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
Definitely! Eva is a wonderful person, well, her husband Ben isn't bad either. Great to show support for her though ! Do you know the dates of her show? I can reach out and get some specifics.
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
BTW, talked with Eva briefly yesterday. The details aren't set for the show just yet, so she's going to work on firming that stuff up and then we'll actually make the show a May Event - drive out to Cannon Beach to the gallery - possibly make it a camping weekend. I've heard interest in coming from a couple in the ECRC (Seattle) group and the camping would fit them well.
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jjswan33
jjswan33
I was/am considering this one. Call me lazy but mostly I just don't want to swap out my snow tires
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
@jjswan33 I had a similar thought, but what got me is that I would have to leave Tuesday or Wednesday at the very latest and wouldn't get back until late Saturday. That's a better part of a week that I can't afford. If it was over a weekend and I could turn it into a Fri/Mon thing that would be different.
av8or
av8or
I just signed up for this! Going to be there anyway!
av8or
av8or
Nice! We are camping in Desert Springs and going to stay here and come up for the trail rides
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
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Question for you all, please speak up if you're interested.

Due to the lack of snow this season this far, we've been unable to schedule the snow recovery event. We have looked at possibly the end of January, but after looking at extended forecasts, that's not looking likely either. We are now thinking possibly some time in February....

SO, that all said, would there be any interest in another Kinetic Recovery event like we had in October on January 27th? If I get enough interest, Big Al with the Recovery Portal will get a sign up started.





Please let me know soon. It's not a commitment at this point, just looking at interest.
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I'd be interested.. so far that date is clear in our calendar. what's the pricing like and do we bring our own gear? I pieced together a Gear America kit from one of the Rivian sub-reddit posts (hitch, soft shackles, kinetic rope, tree saver + traction boards).
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
@amper If he sets it up the same way, the event is $50, but if you bought the Yankum rope with the event, it basically meant you pay for the rope and get the event free. He brings other stuff with him for purchase at really good pricing too.
Mr. Ham
Mr. Ham
I'm definitely interested in going to one of these. I didn't have the Rivian yet on the last one, but I'm also leaving town on the 27th, so I'll make the next one that is not that week. lol
After a 2 year wait, I got my white R1S in August and am enjoying it so far. Have been to Bend several times and charged at the RAN in Madras (pic). Also been up to Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. Planning a trip down the coast to California in the Spring. Look forward to meeting up with other Riv owners in the Portland area.
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Hello everyone - I received my R1S 3 months ago and loving it. I did my first out-of-area trip (Portland to Boise and back) a week or so ago and learned about the EV charging options along I-84. For me, I found that Hermiston (Space Age) was the most expensive at $0.56 / Kwh. On the way back, I stopped at La Grande (behind Starbucks) and used the RAN in The Dalles (behind Rite Aid) which was really fast compared to other places that I stopped. (I am posting this in case it helps anyone who will do the same trip). Looking forward to participating in events!
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LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
RAN's are going to be your most consistent charging experience right now. You should always get 200+ (under 50% SoC) if you're not on a shared set. Thanks for posting the info! Look forward to meeting up at some point!!!
CharonPDX
CharonPDX
And even costing money now, RAN is the cheapest option out there - tied with EA and EVgo's cheapest "with monthly membership fee" pricing - without a membership fee. (Other than a few <100kW "municipal" stations I've run in to.)
LivingInKaos
Sure putting a damper on scheduling the snow recovery event for PDX.... We're going to hopefully tentatively set something up for the end of January soon hoping we can do it. There just isn't enough snow to give it the proper attention yet.
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I missed the first recovery training but would like to join a future event. Will there also be a chance to get the recommended gear as well? (I think you had a supplier that offered a package with strap, boards, etc.?)
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
@srnyoung yes, the snow recovery will be with recovery portal again and they partner with Yankum ropes and a couple other gear vendors. He brings a bit of stuff with him.
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Picked up my R1T today at the service center. Only ordered about 3 weeks ago and here I am. Got the performance dual motor plus max pack in Rivian blue with the 21” road tires.

Getting a bunch of accessories and stuff now so need to watch my budget haha. Getting my wall charger installed in like 3 weeks.

Traded in my 2021 Gladiator Rubicon. Everything with the purchase process and delivery was 99% flawless even with some complexities due to the holidays. Ready to get out and do some driving in my first EV.
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cabbey
cabbey
Welcome to EV ownership, you're gunna love it. :)

I'll be there Saturday for basically the same truck... I wanted that blue, but the wife noted my last 4 vehicles have all been blue and it's time for something different, so going green this time. :)

I had the same rough timeline, ordered the week after Thanksgiving. Are you getting the free charger and Qmerit install credit from the promotion they're running? If so, curious what the timelines were like with that. As far as I know my order should have qualified for that offer, but it's been total radio silence from Rivian in that regard.
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
Love the blue. Congrats!!! Hope you're able to use the mobile charger until your home charger is installed. Look forward to meeting you at an event in the future!
cabbey
Ok, so with the Max Pack finally becoming available I need to complete the planning and such for upgrading my X to an R1T. There's just one concern/sticking-point from my wife: she thinks it's going to block the garage door such that we won't be able to get into the house reasonably. Physically I know it will fit in the garage, with nearly a foot to spare lengthwise. While this is slightly tighter than the X, I don't think it's going to be a problem.

Here's where I'm hoping someone from this group can help. I'm looking for someone that can bring their R1T over and let's see what it actually is like in my garage. I'm in Wilsonville (Villebois specifically) so if there's anyone in this area that can lend a hand in this, that would be amazing.

Tesla will let you take a test drive vehicle home to check it in your garage... Rivian when we had our "first mile" drive wouldn't even let us leave the pre-planned route. (But did let me do some backup and parking testing with the cameras in their delivery lot.)
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Nickm53
Sucks it didn’t fit in the garage, the R1S is about 17 inch shorter, maybe update your reservation to the R1S? Awesome job Eeyore for helping out!
cabbey
cabbey
@Nickm53 But the R1S isn't a *truck*, which is what I want. ;) I already own an SUV... so swapping to the R1S doesn't make much sense for me. My wife convinced me not to cancel the reservation just yet though. Maybe in a few years (after our kiddo is out of school) we'll move somewhere it would be workable, or maybe the R2 line will have something close to my old Chevy S10 size (or the Toyota SR5 of the 80s, or the Ford Ranger of the 90s... any of those old *small* pickup trucks that just aren't available in the US anymore.)
Eeyore
Eeyore
Glad I could help. Really bummed with the outcome however. I have the same situation. Garage is just too shallow by that much.
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
@Eeyore They make tools for that.... Wanna borrow my chainsaw???
cabbey
cabbey
... and after @Eeyore's visit a few months back, we re-evaluated the garage setup, swapped sides of the garage and will be taking delivery this Saturday. :D I've been parking with a pile of boxes in place that narrows the garage to have the same amount of "extra space" as I'll have with the R1T and it's not as bad as I expected.
LivingInKaos
The Oregon EV Association has reached out to me looking for some of us to maybe attend their Holiday Party on Thursday the 14th at Aviation Gin ! Sounds like fun. It's a pot luck type affair and if there is something missing from what's brought, they are running to the deli to grab. Take a look and see if you are interested and let me know please. You can contact them directly, I just would like to be in the loop so I know if I should just add it to the calendar ! Oregon EV Association - Events (oeva.org)
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CharonPDX
CharonPDX
Well, shoot, I'd love to have an excuse to visit Aviation Gin...
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
@CharonPDX I know, right? I told my wife about it and she says, "we're going, right?" ... It's a Thursday, so it would likely destroy getting to work on time for Friday :p
CharonPDX
CharonPDX
@LivingInKaos I have the big advantage that I’m on a work trip next week. Get home Thursday afternoon, have Friday off as “recuperate from the trip.”
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
@CharonPDX Well, I'll chat with the wife and see. It's a drive for us, so I have to consider that as well.
CharonPDX
CharonPDX
Yeah, ended up too exhausted from my work trip to even consider it. I was in bed by 7 PM.
LivingInKaos
LivingInKaos
@CharonPDX Was a good time. Bruce, Jason, Harry and myself from PDX were there, plus David C from Seattle drove down as well. There were a couple other Rivian owners there that were part of the OEVA that didn't know about the Rivian Club. So it was a great chance to introduce.
Hi everyone, I have my portable charger from Rivian for my R1S. I happened to plug in the Level 1, 120-v adapter, but I now cannot remove it from the charger. I think it "clicked" in place, and although I might use a Level 1 adapter at times, I will likely use a Level 2 (and I have a Level 2 charger in my garage). Can anyone provide advice as to how to release the Level 1 plug from the portable charger? Has anyone else had this problem?
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Mr. Ham
Mr. Ham
From my experience it has a death grip, but you can yank it out. It doesn't seem good for it in the long run, but I was able to get it loose that way.
SwaziCAR
SwaziCAR
In my experience, the first couple of times it takes a BIG yank to get it out, but it will loosen up and become easier to remove.
amper
found ya - hi from the couv!
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