Making the Most of Your Rivian Reservation: The Manual Cover and No Cover Options
Rivian has recently announced the discontinuation of its powered tonneau cover option, while a redesign is being completed. This has left many reservation holders wondering what to do, as the manual cover or no cover are now the only options available. While there is no time table on when the redesigned powered version will be available, and no idea what it will cost, some have already received a prototype fix that may not be part of a wide production rollout.
The issue with the gear tunnel and tonneau cover are seen as relatively minor teething pains, but Rivian will still need to expend technical resources to get them fixed. This could have a knock-on effect that may further delay the Max, but there's really no way to tell. The manual cover comes in 4 removable sections that can be stacked up and stowed in the gear tunnel, and does not slide open like the powered one.
Rivian has stated that reservation holders will see more information about vehicle delivery on their accounts page by the end of this month. This should provide some clarity on when the redesigned powered version will become available, and if it will be offered as an add-on after taking delivery. Until then, reservation holders must decide whether to wait for the redesigned version or go ahead with the manual cover or no cover option.
The manual cover is a good option for those who don't need the convenience of the powered version, and it does provide some protection from the elements. However, it's not as secure as the powered version, and may not be suitable for those who need to store items in the gear tunnel. The no cover option is also an option, but this leaves the gear tunnel exposed to the elements and could lead to corrosion over time.
It's understandable that Rivian has had to delay the production of the powered tonneau cover while they work on a redesign. However, this has left many reservation holders in limbo, unsure of what to do or when they will get their vehicles. Hopefully Rivian can provide more information soon so that reservation holders can make an informed decision about their options.
In the meantime, reservation holders can take comfort in the fact that Rivian is taking the time to get the powered tonneau cover right. This could be a sign of their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, and hopefully the redesigned version will be worth the wait. Until then, reservation holders must decide whether to wait for the redesigned version or go ahead with the manual cover or no cover option.
What happened to the powered tonneau cover option?
Rivian is currently redesigning the powered tonneau cover and it is not available at this time. There is no timeline for when the redesigned version will be available or what it will cost. Currently, the only options are a manual cover or no cover.
How does the manual cover work?
The manual cover is in four removable sections that can be stacked up and stored in the gear tunnel. It does not slide open like the powered one.
Has anyone used the manual version?
Yes, some people have used the manual version and reported that it works great and is quieter than the original one. The slats overlap instead of butting end to end, and when it retracts it sticks out just a touch so the last slat does not go in. It is unclear whether they are offering this to everyone or just to those that have broken covers.
Is there any information about when the re-design will be available?
Rivian has not provided any useful information about the Max for many months, which may indicate a larger engineering design issue. Reservation holders should see more information about vehicle delivery on their accounts page by the end of this month.
Are there any other changes being made to the R1T?
Rivian has removed some Gear Tunnel options and discontinued the powered tonneau cover option while they redesign it. It is unclear if these changes are part of a larger effort to reduce costs or if there are other issues at play.
What other options are available for the R1T?
Rivian has a range of accessories and packages available for the R1T, including a camping package, an off-road package, and a tow package. There are also several interior and exterior styling options, such as wheel designs, paint colors, and trim levels.
Are there any other changes to the R1T that I should be aware of?
Yes, Rivian has made some changes to the suspension system on the R1T. The new system is designed to provide better handling and improved ride quality. Additionally, Rivian has added a new air suspension system that can be adjusted to different heights depending on the terrain.