November 13, 2023 3 min read
We dig this rig! Tony the zero emission truck has traveled all around the country in all terrains. This gorgeous Rivian R1S electric truck can off-road and roam and with the Sleep System and Rivian Camp Mode, it definitely rivals the comforts of home. Read more on Rivian camping & Tony's EV adventures below:
Rig Nickname: Tony
Location: Jasper. Indiana
Make & Model: My Rig is a 2022 RIVIAN R1S electric vehicle, zero-emissions truck
It is a 3 row 7 person SUV with over 800 horse power and over 900 ft lb of torque with an individual electric motor next to each wheel. It has 4 drive modes in standard configuration and 4 drive modes in off road configuration.
Critical dimensions for your bed platform: Length: 74 inches, Width (at narrowest point): ~48 inches
The overall dimensions of my RIVIAN R1S electric SUV include a length of 200.8 inches, a width of 81.8 inches. and a maximum height of 77.4 inches, but maximum ground clearance of 14.8 inches. with no differential.
HEST products: Hest Sleep System Wide -- I looked at all of the different sleep systems that might fit in the back of the Rivian's cavernous space once the 2nd and 3rd row of seats are folded down almost completely flat. There is about 74 inches of length and close to 48 inches of width in that cavernous space. The HEST Sleep System Wide was most comfortable, fit the best, and was the most affordable quality system I could find. It helps that it is manufactured in the USA also.
Is this your daily driver or getaway car?
What do you like most about your rig?
It pretty much goes wherever I can skillfully take it. I invested in this vehicle because I wanted to be able to sleep in the back of my vehicle and cook by accessing electrical outlets that run off the battery. The all terrain rig has a “camp” mode that decreases electrical usage, but can still provide a set temperature at night allowing you to sleep comfortably. In Rivian camp mode I can have the vehicle self -level on any terrain for a comfortable night of sleep.
On your average weekend adventure, what is the gear set up you bring with you?At night we flip the tailgate down and plug in my slow cooker with a real surface, and a hot pot for hot water along with a folding camp table and various plastic containers to wash dishes. I always had power available because, being an e-truck it runs off its very large electric vehicle motor. The rig has lots of room for storage as it has a front trunk (frunk), and of course plenty of room in the back even with the HEST Sleep System deployed. There was lots of room under and in front of the folded seats.
Any custom details?
The vehicle required no customization in order to accommodate the Sleep System.
Coolest place you’ve taken your rig to?
I tested Tony out on a 16 day road trip out West in Colorado and Utah where I visited the Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison (where we hiked, camping, and fly fished), Moab (at the local KOA campground), Bryce Canyon and Zion National parks. We called the trip Tony’s Big Adventure.
Any projects in the pipeline to get your rig even more adventure ready?
I am not sure I could improve upon the vehicle or the HEST Sleep System. They both work perfectly. The only thing I would add to my adventure is a solar lantern for inside the vehicle at night (which I purchased in Salina Colorado on my return trip).
How'd you sleep?I got so used to the Hest Sleep System on my west trip that I found it a little bit of a challenge to get re-accustomed to my own bed when I got home.
Where's your next big adventure?
I will be driving it through Ohio, Pennsylvania, western New York, and up into Maine looking for big brooke trout this coming spring, as well as west to Arkansas on the White River to fly fish for large brown and rainbow Trout in June.
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