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Hi all, working on leasing an R1S. I live in the Seattle area and was curious what tires you go with. Typically I'd go all weather but moving from 21" to 20" wipes about 50 miles of range off. For our typical winters, are the 20" important? Probably only go skiing with it a couple times a year but like the traction on my other cars for our normal winters.
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mmcool
I have 22", it reduces range by 10. I am liking them.
Cascadian
Cascadian
All depends how important the range is for you.
I chose 20s because I wanted better winter performance from my OEM set and more options when they wear out.
There is a rumor that the 21s will be discontinued with the refresh.
22s could be an option for you, but you will definitely need a winter tire swap for safety in the snow and ice.
Just a quick message to say hi. Just finished the purchase process for a QM R1S and awaiting scheduling for pickup. Also wanted to give a shoutout to Jon on Whidbey Island who kindly met us in Coupeville so that we could test drive his R1T before committing to purchase. Saved us a trip down to Portland. Looking forward to getting our R1S and moving on from Tesla.
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Hi everyone,
I'm currently in the process of trying to decide the right configuration R1S for me. I live in Central Washington where we get a decent amount of snow in the winters and was curious if anyone has driven there's in the snow with the 21 or 22" tires. I feel like the 20" AT tires are probably the best bet, but I also do a lot of commuting. Any experience in swapping between 21" in the warmer weather months and going back to the 20" ATs in the winter?
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Ahmadifier
Ahmadifier
Was hoping someone would respond. I went with 20 ATs so no help on the front. Anyone else using 21s that can provide some help?
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Hi Everyone I’m getting ready to buy a Rivian. So many battery choices. Any recommendations?
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MadamRiv
Sounds good. We drive to San Diego during the winter, so I’ve been wondering what to order. I should plan on the average trip instead of focusing so much on a cross country. We have level 2 charging at home for our other car.
Ahmadifier
Ahmadifier
San Diego in winter sounds like a dream. Good luck on making your configuration decision. Welcome
To the adventurer family
Ahmadifier
Ahmadifier
@MadamRiv did you make your choice yet? Curious where at you decided.
Hello there - I put in an order for an R1S more than a week back. This was for an existing inventory vehicle. I have completed all my purchase tasks but vehicle delivery scheduling has not started. Any idea if this is expected?
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Ahmadifier
Ahmadifier
Hey there. I put an order in for an existing inventory vehicle in January of this year. If you selected one that is 1-4 weeks, it could be still making its way across the country. Once the Bellevue SC had a good idea on its ETA, they reached out via text to schedule pick up. Hope you hear back soon!
Cascadian
Cascadian
2nd that. You will not hear anything until it arrives at SC. Then it will need up to a week to be prepped.
Hello! Does anyone have any shop recommendations for installing EVsportline running boards on the R1S?
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Dringlee
I am self installing. I will post about how it goes!
Dringlee
Dringlee: I am nearly done. The instructions have some issues: brackets were labeled backwards; font was so small its impossible to see. I am putting my plastic covers back on by saw cutting minimal slots for the brackets. I prefer them back on to direct spray and dirt/mud away from the steel frame. My wife loved the running boards. They are very stout and the anti slip surface is great. The installed height is excellent. If someone has all the tools and experience, my best estimate is 2 hours. If you slot and replace the plastic guards, add at least two more hours.
mmcool
I bought realwheels one and self installed. Having all right tools is a must.
I did find shops which were ready to install. Cost to install was from 500 to 800 bucks. I could not justify anything beyond 300, so did self install
Hello, though I would make a quick post to say hello.

I collected my R1S last night, so far, the car is great, I love it! Looking forward to taking it to the Cascades for NYE. Also need to find an electrician so I can fit a level 2 charge outlet in the garage. I wasn't expecting to get mine until Feb/March so a little behind on the prep.
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Cascadian
Cascadian
Welcome. How did trip to Cascades go? I assume a ski/snowboard trip? I drove up to Stevens Pass and back before holidays with no issues.
dexterberkeley
Trip went great, thanks for asking.

Went to Leavenworth, out on I-90/US-97 and back on US-2. Loved one pedal driving coming back down the passes. Charging not really an issue with a little work. Stayed opposite the Tesla Superchargers, that would have been super easy if we had access to them now, but woke early one day so just used the EA ones at Safeway there. Deserted at 7AM on a holiday weekend.

New update is great, was very nice to have the cabin warm and battery ready to go this morning.
Dringlee
Volta Electric in Newcastle did a great install for me. Great guys to work with!
TheDuke75
New R1S dual performance owner here. Just dropping a note to say Hi.
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Ahmadifier
Ahmadifier
Welcome! Hope you’re enjoying your car so far
dexterberkeley
Welcome! How do you like the R1S so far?
TheDuke75
TheDuke75
So far mostly good. The other day I think I bottomed out crossing an intersection at about 40 mph and not realizing the dip. At first all seemed fine. Drove home and then next day air suspension would no longer respond except to tell us to wait to lift from kneel position. A full reboot and it was great again. Guess I over travelled, but I would have thought it could recover without doing a full reboot. I suppose it was good to get it out of the way. Friends tell me that reboot is sort of commonly. Not if. But when…. Planning a road trip in April. So lots to learn before heading out to LA and back.
Ahmadifier
Hey folks! New r1s dual motor driver here. Any tips on where you put your good to go pass to have it actually scan? I have a HOV slider version and have tried below the rear view mirror and about two inches to the right of the mirror. No luck so far. :)
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Cascadian
Cascadian
Thanks for reminding me that I need to register my S. I plan to just go with plate reading for now. I only expect to use HOT lanes at weekends when they are open to all traffic.
Ahmadifier
Ahmadifier
Well, apparently the sticking the pass directly to the glass roof above the driver seat works. At least the pass is out of my sight lines. 🤣
Cascadian
2nd drive to Whistler more challenging than first:

Crown Hill to Whistler Friday 1/12/24

Even though I installed new software and set to precondition before departure this trip was a challenge. Arctic air spilled down through the Fraser Valley causing low temperatures from 27F in Seattle to -4F in Whistler. Also strong headwinds on I-5. Battery started at 51F.

R1S with OEM 20s. Showed 273 miles at 100%. Selected Conserve for trip and showed 303. These numbers assume efficiency of 2 m/kWh.

I set Nav to finish trip at 10% for emergency buffer. It predicted 6 miles left at destination when I left home. Lower efficiency confirmed after driving past Everett. I kept my speed to less than limit +5. Miles at destination slowly reduced and charging added to route by nav.

Electrify Canada in Squamish kept showing occupied so began looking for alternatives on Ca Hwy 1. There aren’t that many DC Ultra Fast (150+)! PlugShare shows several On The Run 150kW chargers located at gas stations. Beware! They have a battery buffer for fast charging but they throttle down quickly. We stopped at one in North Vancouver. Attendant activated charger for us (good) because Journie Rewards App would not install on iPhone because I am not a Canada resident (bad). Charging started at 16kW so as soon as we finished with restrooms we left to charge in Squamish.

We stopped at Dominoes in Squamish to pick up pizza. Electrify still showed 4/4 occupied. Found nearby charger at Greg Gardner Chevy. 2x 120kW stations with 2 CCS plugs each. See photos. 3 spaces blocked by dealer cars that weren’t charging. One was Ice Blazer. Luckily the station we could access provided max 120kW throughout 20 minute session. Switch app used. 36kWh added while Pizza consumed plus 5 minutes more was enough for me to get going again. Cost is $0.40/kWh, significantly less than Electrify without plan.

Finished trip with 25%.
216 miles, 1.67 miles per kWh, 130kW.
Would have been in turtle mode without charging.

I plan to charge overnight at Lot 4 Level 2 in preparation for home run.
Wishing for Tesla to add Magic Docks. Currently none showing in BC.
Why no RANs in this region Rivian???
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EchoDelta
EchoDelta
I’ve done this trip so many times, even in cold snaps, but in a Tesla where driving an EV is a non-issue… and its heartbraking to do it in a Rivian and feel like it’s 2016 or worse. A few Tesla Universal superchargers along the way would just take away this whole ordeal.

I’m doing Seattle-Sun Valley, Idaho on Wednesday. R1S Quad, swapped the roof platform (Thule) out for Yakima Exo for aerodynamics. Nokian Hakkakakalaopilattokikaaaka (sp?) snow tires on 20” wheels. Temperatures will be more forgiving.
I’ve learned to plan for more than 10% on arrival- I plan for 20%+ with family and kids.
Cascadian
Cascadian
Disaster has struck.
I had R1S level 2 charging in Lot 4 overnight. After taking plug out car did not recognize that plug was removed. Charge door would not close and cannot drive it.
Two chats with support and lots of troubleshooting and now Rivian is going to tow to Bellevue.
EchoDelta
EchoDelta
@Cascadian 😵💫😭 so sorry to hear that! What a bummer. Any words about contributing factors? temps? The charger?
Cascadian
Cascadian
@EchoDelta
Spent all day (7am -8pm) before pick up to Vancouver SC.
Yesterday they diagnosed failure of wiring harness from charge port. Will take a few days to replace. It better be covered by warranty.
Luckily a friend was in Whistler too. I returned to Seattle with him and picked up my “trusty” Outback and drove back to Whistler Monday morning to snowboard with family and bring them home.
When I have time after repair I will post full details.
Cascadian
I see no posts so I thought I would post my first road trip after 2 weeks of ownership.

For Thanksgiving my family went snowboarding and skiing at Whistler Blackcomb.
We left Seattle on Wednesday afternoon at 100% in nice 50F weather. I switched to Conserve as soon as I entered I-5. Traffic sucked until we escaped Marysville. It was a breeze after that.
I wanted to experience fast charging so stopped at Electrify Canada in Squamish. I tried 3 of the 4 stations until I achieved charging. Even then it wouldn’t accept RFID tap of CC. I needed to insert and use chip. Started at 36% and saw constant 150kW on 150 station during 9 min session.
Whistler has no true fast charging. Only 2x 50kW chargers in Convention Center parking garage and multiple 6 kW public charging stations in the ski area parking lots. We stayed near Blackcomb base not too far from the only free station at Lot 6. Overnight parking is not allowed so I did 2 sessions: 5pm to 11pm (44kWh) and 6am to 3pm (58kWh).
I drove home today (45F) in Conserve and arrived home with 26% left. I am happy with the efficiency (2.11) considering the temperatures.
First road trip impressions:
Comfortable to drive (did not feel tired after)
Not the best drivers seat but acceptable.
Biggest vehicle I have owned so appreciate the lane keep warning ( most of the time) and appreciate the overhead view when squeezing into parking spaces.
I prefer auto cruise to full highway assist. Can you change lanes without it disengaging?
Whole family loves Wi-Fi hotspot. Works in CA! It turns off when you cross border and needs to be manually turned on again.
My son loves back seat (2nd row).
I put seats down on drivers side. Center including armrest drops with it robbing my son of cup holder.
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stackofdimes
stackofdimes
Thanks for the write up! We are headed to Whistler early next year and your post was just what I needed to validate my plan!
CMH
@Cascadian, at 36% in Squamish, it seems you could have made it to Whistler with a reasonable margin. True? I have been debating dual performance vs. quad (and all terrain wheels vs 22”) with Seattle to Whistler trips in mind. Would be nice to know I could do it with the quad/AT combo without a charging stop if I had to. Do you recall what your m/kwh was on the trip up?
Cascadian
Cascadian
@CMH See my new post about my second trip in much colder weather yesterday. Only 1.67 miles / kWh. Stopped in Squamish for a boost.
EchoDelta
EchoDelta
I’ve gone couple of times with Quad/ 20 AT, but have kids so a peeing stop along the way is a nice opportunity to recharge a bit.
I got the 20’wheels - for winter/snow driving, I expect the snow tires to actually have higher efficiency.
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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Redmond Chad
Redmond Chad
I had a similar issue where I tried the 120V adapter first and then had a heck of a time removing it. I didn't find any tricks, I just pulled on it hard enough that I was afraid something might break.

I have since put in the 240V adapter and pulled it out, and that wasn't as bad - I don't know if that adapter is just slightly smaller, or if the charger port is getting loosened up a bit.


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