R1t Kayak Questions

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I am hoping for cab-height crossbars for the bed as well - have seen nothing so far that would indicate they are coming, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for it anyway!
Multiple engineers have told me they are coming... let the waiting continue





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Instead of cab height, maybe just risers would work? Same cross bars, with a set of adjustable height risers would be great. Assuming they are sturdy enough.
 

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There is no way in hell that they won't have cab height cross bars from the truck rails. You can't have an "adventure vehicle" that can't carry kayaks/outriggers. It would be like saying you couldn't take it out in the rain or on dirt roads. If they can engineer the car/truck that we are all so hyped to get, they can engineer some crossbars. I spoke to one of the engineers at the Mill Valley event and showed them this picture btw..he said they will absolutely have the ability for me to carry my boats!
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I am hoping for cab-height crossbars for the bed as well - have seen nothing so far that would indicate they are coming, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for it anyway!
For what it's worth, Brian Gase told me in New York that the crossbars would be able to extend to match the height of those on the cab.
 
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So, am I joining the party? Or, not. The answer is 'yes' - sort of.

To begin with, both the R1s and the R1t are compromises on what I really want. I want a small or medium sized pickup truck, with an extended cab and a canopy. Or, to put it another way, I want an electric version of my existing Toyota Tacoma!

I am willing to put up with a larger vehicle than what I want. I am even willing to put up with a quad cab, full of seats I don't need. (What can I say, I'm a reclusive paranoid.)

But, I am having major problems with my inability to nail down certain basics.

The hood. The e-mail response from Rivian suggested the hood doesn't rise up much beyond the level of the cab. In fact, I have found videos and pictures clearly showing the hood to rise up well above the cab.

For now I am going to have to hope Pherdnut is right, that there will be some way to keep it from bonking into my kayak. As I stated above, I really don't want to have to loosen all the kayak straps and slide it back in order to get into the frunk.

The towers. Rivian's response to my e-mail was that they could neither confirm nor deny the existence of towers, or that designers were working on towers. (Okay, my words. But, you can see where I am going on this!)

The canopy. Rivian's response to my e-mail was that they could neither confirm nor deny the existence of a canopy, or that designers were working on a canopy.

If I don't get either a tower to raise the #3 rack up to the level of the cab or a canopy with roof rack clips for the #3 and #4 roof racks, I am scuppered. I want a vehicle with a spread between the roof racks of 58 inches to 72 inches. I definitely don't want to end up with a Smart car like Northish has there!

The globe continues to get warmer. I need to get an electric vehicle, if for no other reason than to make an eco-statement.

The rust holes in my Tacoma, over the body panels above the wheels, are steadily growing. The clock is ticking!

There really isn't anything coming in the near future that works for me the way the R1s "could potentially fit". (No, I am not going to buy a triangle shaped pickup truck and attempt to balance a kayak on the point.)

So, today, I am going to hit the Configure Now button and reluctantly place my money on the table.

I am doing this on faith, not fact. If the facts don't surface, the money will end up back in my pocket.

I'd rather it didn't, though. I would much rather toss my bright red kayak on top of a blue, mid-sized battery R1t with AT tires and Adventure Package, and head off somewhere remote.

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I imagine they would have thought about the hood detail. Their design process seems heavily focused on sussing out details like that. But might be a good question for a customer support rep.
 
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I imagine they would have thought about the hood detail. Their design process seems heavily focused on sussing out details like that. But might be a good question for a customer support rep.
I assume those were customer support reps I was e-mailing with. Basically, I got pretty much the same answer on all questions - wait and see.

I have now put down the cash on the deposit. So, we'll wait and see what they come up with as the first trucks are delivered later this year. I would think that I will be lucky to see even a hint of timing from them in a year. Plenty of time to decide if it is all going to work out!
 

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I imagine they would have thought about the hood detail. Their design process seems heavily focused on sussing out details like that. But might be a good question for a customer support rep.
Watch the newest video - "The Long Way Up - Update". Near the end he opens the frunk and it seems to stop at about his head height (roughly cab height) and he then pushes it up another 8 inches or so. I believe they have designed that stop with kayaks (or other roof mounted stuff) in mind.

 
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Watch the newest video - "The Long Way Up - Update". Near the end he opens the frunk and it seems to stop at about his head height (roughly cab height) and he then pushes it up another 8 inches or so. I believe they have designed that stop with kayaks (or other roof mounted stuff) in mind.


Good work fastwheels. That definitely looks like a designed function.

I like the concept. Creating a height stop setting in the software would just mean fiddling with a monitor or a cell phone. An automatic stop with a manual extension is a direct, straight forward solution.

Love these videos. They are very effective at making me want to get out there with a Rivian on a dirt road!
 

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Watch the newest video - "The Long Way Up - Update". Near the end he opens the frunk and it seems to stop at about his head height (roughly cab height) and he then pushes it up another 8 inches or so. I believe they have designed that stop with kayaks (or other roof mounted stuff) in mind.
That is exactly what I said in another thread. They created them with adjustable stops in case of kayaks, low-clearance garage, trees, etc...

If you need more or less open, you can make those adjustments with a long-press of the bottom at the front end of the truck while the frunk is in transition...
 

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