Switching to a vehicle that doesn’t use fossil fuels is still just a dream for many. But Rivian has made wishes come true with the design of their R1T truck — an all-electric pickup decked out for an adventure. Could this be the beginning of a revolution in the RV world? Let’s see if the Rivian has the power to pull travel trailers and provide support for off-the-grid camping trips.
Table of Contents
- All-Electric Rivian Truck and SUV: Good for Recreation?
- Towing and Payload Capacity of the R1T Electric Truck
- Towing Capacity of the R1S SUV
- How Much Do They Cost?
- Will Rivian Make a Good Camping Vehicle?
- Can You Charge a Rivian While Camping?
- The Best Way to Take Your Rivian Camping
All-Electric Rivian Truck and SUV: Good for Recreation?
With the R1T truck and soon to be offered R1S sport utility vehicle, Rivian sets the standard for future all-electric off-road exploration trucks. Both vehicles have a range of 300 miles on one charge, with a battery upgrade that will extend that range to 400 miles. You can find a lot of adventure within a 300-mile radius of charging stations!
The models come with all-wheel-drive and offer a whole new type of drivetrain, with an independent motor for each wheel. This gives Rivian great traction in all kinds of road conditions and should be superior to most any other production vehicle off-road. It can get you to virtually any location. In theory, the hub motor design also greatly reduces the number of moving parts and bearings from a conventional vehicle. This should make them much more reliable than a traditional vehicle.
The R1T can use all-terrain wheels, reinforced underbody shields, and tow hooks for more aggressive off-roading. And for those looking to camp directly from the vehicle, Rivian offers an innovative camp kitchen with a gear tunnel built into the truck’s bed. It includes a two-burner induction cooktop that uses 1440 watts of power from the vehicle’s battery, a collapsible sink with a spray faucet, and three drawers full of cooking equipment and eating utensils. This all slides out of the gear tunnel and sets up on an attached table.
Add a rooftop tent that sleeps three and sits on Yakima crossbars, and you have the perfect campsite available wherever you park for the night!
Towing and Payload Capacity of the R1T Electric Truck
The R1T pickup can tow up to 11,000 lbs and haul 1,760 lbs of payload. With 14 inches of ground clearance and a wading depth of 3 ft, the truck can handle most medium-sized trailers. You need to remember that the range is cut in half when towing at full capacity.
Towing Capacity of the R1S SUV
Rivian’s R1S sports utility vehicle touts 14 inches of ground clearance. It also has a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. This seven-passenger auto can go from zero to 60 in three seconds, which makes driving the R1S more like handling a sports car.
How Much Do They Cost?
The Rivian R1T truck has three trim levels. Its first vehicle off the line is the Launch Edition, with a price of $73,000. It comes with all the bells and whistles, including the standard 300-mile range battery, upgraded Meridian sound system, leather upholstery, powered tonneau cover, gear guard, full glass roof, heated steering wheel and seats, and an air compressor kit.
In addition to the standard features, the Launch Edition has special badging, priority delivery, upgraded wheels, and a unique green paint color. This level has already sold out, and after several delays, it will “launch” in January of 2022.
The Adventure Package is one step down from the Launch and includes all of the premium items found in its more sassy counterpart. It will also sell for $73,000 MSRP once it hits the market after the Launch Edition is delivered.
The Explore Package has a sport interior with a manual tonneau cover, textile floor mats and headliner, a standard audio system, no gear guard, and a black interior finish. It costs $67,500.
Like the R1T, the Rivian R1S SUV has three trim levels with the same interior offerings as the truck. But purchasers can choose a five-seat model or a seven-seat one. The Launch Edition and Adventure Package cost $75,000, and the Explore Package costs $70,000.
Both vehicles have many optional upgrades, including a maximum battery package with a 400-mile range on one charge for an additional $10,000.
Will Rivian Make a Good Camping Vehicle?
The R1T and R1S models can enhance the camping experience in several ways. From towing a recreational vehicle to your selected campsite to attaching a tent, take a look at the options.
Rivian Towing RV?
As long as you remember that the battery distance is cut in half when towing at full capacity, an R1T or an R1S can work great for camping. They have plenty of power stored for use at a dispersed campsite. Plus, they offer a stylish and comfortable way to get there!
Rivian With Truck Camper?
Because the R1T bed only measures 4.5 feet long, you’ll have difficulty finding a truck camper with a short floor that will fit in the bed. The only other option is a truck tent that covers the bed and may extend past the tailgate.
➡ Need help finding a pickup truck that can handle the size of your truck camper? Read this: What Is the Best Truck for a Truck Camper?
Truck Tent on a Rivian?
One option available to R1T owners is a platform tent that fits on Yakima rails. You can place the rails on the sides of the truck bed or over the cab. The tent sleeps three and has a foam bed included. Users can take advantage of the truck battery to run lights and charge electronics from the comfort of their tent.
SUV Tent on a Rivian SUV?
Any tent designed to fit over the tailgate of an SUV would work well on the Rivian R1S. You can also use the 120V outlet in the cargo area at the back of the vehicle.
Can You Charge a Rivian While Camping?
Rivian is installing a network of fast chargers across the country that will provide enough energy to power their vehicles for 120 miles on a 20-minute charge. But they have also designed a portable charger for use with 240V and 120V outlets. Drivers can charge their Rivians at a campsite with plugins or a generator.
However, it will take quite a while to complete the charge. The battery will recharge at a rate of 16 to 25 miles per charging hour in a 240V outlet. In a typical household outlet of 120V, it will recharge at a couple of miles per hour.
The Best Way to Take Your Rivian Camping
With the thoughtful and tested design, Rivian has created trucks that you can use as a camper just as easily as they can tow one. Jumping into the all-electric market, the company produces vehicles with realistic driving ranges and power to spare. That power will provide great off-grid camping experiences and adventures for weekend travelers looking to make less of an impact on our environment.
Would you rather have an electric motorhome than an electric tow vehicle? Let’s see if one is in your future: Are Electric RVs The Future? This Is The Reason We Haven’t Seen One Yet
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