While the electric Rivian R1T is technically a pickup truck, it’s designed more for exploring the great outdoors than normal truck work. Fans of traditional pickup trucks may be surprised to learn that the Rivian R1T’s bed can easily handle a stack of 4×8 plywood sheets. Reviewers have found that the flexible bed can handle most things you throw at it.
How long is the bed in a Rivian?
A Rivian truck bed is only 54″ inches long. That’s 4.5 feet and the same length as the Ford Maverick. That said, an innovative design gives the Rivian R1T a cargo floor over six feet long with the tailgate down.
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Which truck has a gear tunnel?
The main compartment of the bed Rivian The R1T electric truck is just one of several spaces for transporting cargo. The Rivian R1T is also known for its 65-inch-long gear tunnel. This step across the width of the truck sits between the cab and the bed and is designed with many purposes in mind.
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The Rivian’s gear tunnel has rubber mats, perfect for hosing down after hauling muddy outdoor gear. The entire compartment is waterproof. Its doors fold and are steps to reach the vehicle’s roof rack. In addition, each of these doors has small compartments.
The gear tunnel is even powered: not only does it have LED lights, it comes with plugs, both 12-volt and 110-volt.
Can the Rivian electric truck haul plywood?
The new Rivian R1T electric truck can absolutely haul a sheet of plywood. Gooseneck hinges increase the load floor of the bed when you lower the Rivian’s tailgate. The resulting space is 6’9″ long. A stack of plywood fits snugly between the wheel wells and hangs from the tailgate a little over a foot.
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When the folks at TFL Off-Road got their hands on a Rivian R1T, they immediately took the 4×4 EV to a ranch in Colorado to put it through its paces. The first test was whether the new 2022 truck could carry a piece of plywood. What they found was very interesting.
When a stack of regular 4×8 plywood sheets was dumped on the truck bed, it handled them admirably. Unlike other trucks, the wheel wells are four feet apart, so the plywood could sit on the flatbed cargo bed. The sheets hung a bit from the tailgate, but not enough to make the load unstable.
But when reviewers attached a piece of plywood to the truck bed, they didn’t have many tie-down options. This is because there are no anchor loops on the floor of the Rivian R1T’s bed. TFL found that you can tie a single piece of plywood to the tailgate latch ties. But otherwise, you have few options. However, a stack of multiple sheets sits on anchors in the truck bed and is easy to tie down.
Then read why the Rivian Electric Truck’s ground clearance is the highest of any pickup or watch TFL test the truck on a ranch in the video below:
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