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https://www.motortrend.com/features/2022-rivian-r1t-gear-tunnel-review/
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When the 2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup truck made its debut, it impressed us with its design, range, and capability. Besides looking quite different from any pickup truck on the market today, the Rivian R1T has a ton of storage space provided by its 4.5-foot bed, its frunk, its in-bed trunk, and its gear tunnel. The latter storage compartment is located under the rear seat and accessible from small drop-down panels located between the rear doors and the rear wheels on either side of the bed. During our recent Trans-America Trail (TAT) road trip with the 2022 Rivian R1T, we had ample time to see how much stuff actually fits into the gear tunnel, and—spoiler alert—we discovered it's a hugely beneficial feature.


What Can You Fit in the Rivian R1T's Gear Tunnel?


The answer as to what fits in the tunnel is: a bunch of whatever you like. The Rivian R1T's gear-tunnel volume is 11.6 cubic feet, or 0.6 cubic foot more than the R1T's frunk. On our (TAT) adventure, we fit a couple of carry-on sized suitcases, a couple of duffle bags, a backpack, and a briefcase in the tunnel all at the same time. The gear tunnel is deep, and if you're good with Tetris you can fit even more stuff than you think, especially if you have items you can fold, bend, or squeeze. The storage space was designed to fit golf bags, skis, snowboards, or collapsed strollers, but feel free to stash your umbrellas, fishing poles, or other similarly sized and shaped items. It also has a pair of 12-volt outlets, one at each end, for powering various accessories, but you'll likely need to use an inverter. We'd love to see 110-volt outlets added here at some point.


How Do You Access the Gear Tunnel?


The lateral doors open via buttons located on the side of the bed, or via the infotainment system. In addition, a small rear-seat pass-through allows access the tunnel from the cab, though you'll only be able to slide your arm through it—so plan your tunnel packing accordingly. The two lateral doors can hold up to 300 pounds each, which means you can use them as a seat during tailgate events or camping trips.


What About the Cool Camp Kitchen?


For $5,000, buyers can outfit their 2022 Rivian R1T's gear tunnel with one of the coolest factory options we've seen in a while: a camp kitchen that includes a two-burner electric cooktop, a countertop, a 4-gallon water tank for the sink, and a 30-piece dishware set that includes plates, utensils, knifes, and more. The camp kitchen turned out to be of great use during our trip; from tacos to breakfast sandwiches, we cooked all kinds of food with it, and it was easy to use and store. A full review of this feature is coming soon.
Finally, Rivian also offers a gear-tunnel "shuttle" for the 2022 R1T, which is basically a slide-out tray/table that extends from the passenger side by up to 6 feet. It boasts a 200-pound weight capacity and has 110-volt outlet and 12-volt outlets, and once stowed leaves enough room to place more items on top, something you can't do with the camp kitchen.”
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Where is the camp kitchen getting 120VAC from if there's only 12V outlets in the gear tunnel?
 
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I'm probably missing something obvious but a little passthrough from the bed to the tunnel, potentially even in line with the passthrough to the cabin seems like it would line up at a glance, and allow for long SKInny things
 

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Oh, looks like one side is 12V and the other is 110VAC. Gotta say MT's attention to detail is lacking here.
In their article on the frunk on Wednesday, they originally said the frunk had no power outlet.

There are no power outlets or USB ports inside—those are reserved for the cabin—but the frunk does have a large bin underneath the floor to handle additional items, such as more duffel bags. To access the bin, simply lift the floor panel, and it will secure via magnets against the back wall, a great packaging solution that means you don't have to find space elsewhere to store the panel. What's missing is a drain plug so you could use the frunk as a cooler during tailgate parties or camping trips. Maybe Rivian will add one—and perhaps some power points—in a later update to its new electric truck
They have since update their article to say they were just missing the power outlet in the frunk in their pre-production model.

The frunk has a large bin underneath the floor to handle additional items, such as more duffel bags. To access the bin, simply lift the floor panel, and it will secure via magnets against the back wall, a great packaging solution that means you don't have to find space elsewhere to store the panel. What's missing is a drain plug and a power outlet. We're told production-spec R1Ts will have a 12v outlet towards the front of the frunk, but it would be nice to be able to use the frunk as a cooler during tailgate parties or camping trips. Maybe Rivian will add drain plugs in a later update to its new electric truck.
MT is probably basing everything off of a pre-production model that didn't have the production power outlets. This also makes it look like Rivian is not exercising some editorial control over MT's reviews. They are probably correcting them as they get things wrong based on their pre-production model, but not reviewing things before they get published.
 

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In their article on the frunk on Wednesday, they originally said the frunk had no power outlet.
Yes, MT did make an error regarding the frunk, but I think @Dark-Fx was referencing the Gear Tunnel.
 

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Yes, MT did make an error regarding the frunk, but I think @Dark-Fx was referencing the Gear Tunnel.
I was. I had e-mailed them about the article and it looks like they've changed the language already.

It also has a 12-volt outlet and a 110-volt outlet, one at each end, for powering various accessories.
 

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One thing I have been trying to find.

Do the frunk and gear tunnel lock with the other doors? I would assume so, but I had a coworker ask and I wanted to double check
 

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One thing I have been trying to find.

Do the frunk and gear tunnel lock with the other doors? I would assume so, but I had a coworker ask and I wanted to double check
They refer to it as "lockable storage" in several places on the website, so the answer is almost certainly yes. The shots we've seen of the UI appear to have one central lock and no separate locks for the tonneau/tailgate/gear tunnel/frunk, so I assume these are all wired in centrally.
 

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I'm probably missing something obvious but a little passthrough from the bed to the tunnel, potentially even in line with the passthrough to the cabin seems like it would line up at a glance, and allow for long SKInny things
Totally agree that this would be awesome (and does indeed line up at least enough to give you another foot or so of clearance), but seems unlikely at least for first-gen vehicles - that appears to be a structural part of the unibody:
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I'm not an engineer and I assume this is something you could work around in theory with well-placed reinforcements, but as-is just punching a hole through there would probably compromise strength and rigidity in important dimensions.

(Also note that adding another opening means another place to secure against water/dust ingress, another place to add and wire up locks, another set of moving parts... at the end of the day it would add real expense probably out of proportion with the value to most customers. As much as I love the idea, a ski rack is a much simpler solution.)
 

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Still don't know how much space we lose if we add the gear shuttle. Really need to know that information. Not sure why it's not out there yet.
 

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I'm a little underwhelmed by MT's contend for this review.
NOT underwhelmed with the gear tunnel itself.

It just seems they could have gone into more details, but alas just another quick "review" to get more clicks to their site.

Thank you @Dark-Fx for getting better information than the MT crew did lol
 

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Is that a uniquely designed dog carrier? It'd be interesting to have one that fits in the tunnel with a side entrance, and then also has a rolling opening that is greated for the pass through... Then you could keep a dirty pupper effectively in the cab (with pass through open and the inside of the crate visible) but not actually let them in the cab or climb all over passengers.
 

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Anyone else concerned about carpet on the gear tunnel wells if you're tossing wet muddy gear in there? Sounds like a recipe for some stank and making it more difficult to clean than a hard interior.
 

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Anyone else concerned about carpet on the gear tunnel wells if you're tossing wet muddy gear in there? Sounds like a recipe for some stank and making it more difficult to clean than a hard interior.
it would be the same as most peoples trunks I throw muddy boots and bags in all the time in and cleans up fine with vacuum and water later.
 
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