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I would do the same way you planned plus plastic bags and film attached with magnets to the screw heads on amps (if there are no covers).
But I doubt that Tesla could protect from the heavenly waters a freight team of musicians.
Good idea! Love the magnets.

Agreed!!

 
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Gig’d in the 60’s throughout Midwest with a B3 Leslie and 6 bandmates gear plus lighting, FoH and PA towers.

Go the trailer route. You can pack-up after a practice, hook and go for the weekend. No re-meet tp packout your CT before getting on the road. Trailer flex means a road, friend or other can hook and deliver to your gig - freeing you to fly first class in that CT.

We made an Econoline van work, roadies and friends. That was too small but creativity we had in abundance.
Right on! Thanks for the message. Definitely been thinking about a trailer for a number of years, just need to figure out where I would store it!
 

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Man....totally! I had not even considered the frunk/side pillars for band gear storage. It's gonna be a game changer. Love the sliding, but one thing I am really looking forward to is dropping the tailgate ramp and rolling gear in and out of the truck bed!
I think the frunk and sail pillars are going to be awesome for a band. Big gear like amps and drum kit in the bed, cables and smaller gear in the frunk, and line the 2 sail pillars with foam and just slot the guitars right in. (I kid on that last bit… mostly).

Having separated storage is super nice for keeping organized.
 
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Why not consider a SMALL covered trailer for that stuff? Would make it easer to load/unload I think.
Totally, great idea. I've been thinking about one for a number of years. Just need to figure out where I would store it, but yeah could make things WAY easier
 
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The best vehicle for loading/unloading in rain/snow is a minivan, in my experience.

The rear hatch becomes a rain-cover when opened.

The automatic side-doors make it easy to open and close them quickly when carrying large objects.

Minivans are awesome. The Sienna/Pacifica is a living room on wheels, and the Transit Connect/NV200 is a garden shed on wheels. A pickup truck is a Swiss Army knife of a vehicle -- it can do many things, but that versatility often comes with compromises.

I keep hoping Tesla will announce a van-like vehicle based on the same chassis as the Cybertruck.
Oh you know its coming man!
 


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I love the liftgate/tailgate of the Landcruisers of the last 40 years. Liftgate for rain, tailgate to sit on and dangle your legs without a wet/muddy bumper dirtying up the back of your legs!

Hopefully Softopper makes a canvas convertible topper for the Cybertruck. I love the ones I have had on my last 2 trucks. Admittedly it's less necessary with the vault cover. But as easy as it is to install and remove, it would be a great accessory, if it is within ones budget.

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I love the liftgate/tailgate of the Landcruisers of the last 40 years. Liftgate for rain, tailgate to sit on and dangle your legs without a wet/muddy bumper dirtying up the back of your legs!

Hopefully Softopper makes a canvas convertible topper for the Cybertruck. I love the ones I have had on my last 2 trucks. Admittedly it's less necessary with the vault cover. But as easy as it is to install and remove, it would be a great accessory, if it is within ones budget.

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Softopper + vault cover could be a great answer. I just wonder how much traditional shaped truck toppers would effect the range of the cybertruck. Thanks!
 

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I have a shell over the 6’ bed of my 2003 Nissan Frontier. Our band packs all of our music gear into the covered bed of the truck. We are based in Salt Lake City, UT and on occasion will arrive to a gig and unload in the snow and rain. I reserved a dual motor CT a week after they started taking reservations and cannot wait to (hopefully) fly down to giga Austin and pick it up when it’s ready. I am trying to imagine how it would work to unload all of our gear in the rain with the the ”vault cover” on my CT. I wonder if I can drop the back suspension a little bit so the bed has a slight downhill tilt to let water run away from the equipment and then roll the cover back a little at a time so the gear we haven’t gotten to yet remains dry. Anyone else have similar concerns or thoughts? Thanks! - James
You make an excellent point. What would be easier is if there were simply a hood that flips back to cover the opened vault. That would make a likely aftermarket item.
 
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You make an excellent point. What would be easier is if there were simply a hood that flips back to cover the opened vault. That would make a likely aftermarket item.
Totally! I think this would be an amazing option.
 

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I love the liftgate/tailgate of the Landcruisers of the last 40 years. Liftgate for rain, tailgate to sit on and dangle your legs without a wet/muddy bumper dirtying up the back of your legs!

Hopefully Softopper makes a canvas convertible topper for the Cybertruck. I love the ones I have had on my last 2 trucks. Admittedly it's less necessary with the vault cover. But as easy as it is to install and remove, it would be a great accessory, if it is within ones budget.

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Wow! Likewise, from a long time Landcruiser and Sequoia owner
 


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Good question.

Currently I have a truck shell, and a utility trailer which I like for working in any weather. Also both are deliberatly extra height so I can stand up in the utility trailer, and not have to bend over so much in the truck shell, which is hard on my back with heavy materials and tools.

Here's an idea for someone: I think it would be neat to have a shell for the CT that would raise and lower, similar to a pop up camper, but better and designed just for the CT. You could have it down for driving to keep drag down at speed, and then raise it up to be able to get in it for ease of accessing your stuff.

Don't know if anyone will produce such a thing. But if they did I would be a customer for it.
 

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I ordered the Cybertruck specifically to replace the Yukon XL that I've used for 20 years to haul my music gear - a Hammond XK organ, a Leslie 3300, a digital stage piano and a keyboard amp, plus stands, a drum throne and a couple of cases with misc cables, pedals, mics and stuff. My gear is all in waterproof or resistant covers and cases. I'll just lower the rear of the truck, drop the gate and ramp, roll open the cover and haul the gear out quickly. I thought about a camper cover but (according to my measurement and some educated guesses about the detailed dimensions of the vault) all of my gear will fit under the rolled down cover. I used to haul a full sized console organ and Leslie plus the rest of the gear in a 4x6 trailer that I still have; the only reason to use a difficult-to-park and easy-to-steal trailer rather than some kind of vehicle is if the gear is simply too heavy to lift high enough to load it into the vehicle. I do use a load table table in my garage to unload my Yukon at home. It's just a home-built platform that is the same height as my Yukon's load floor; I drop a hinged ramp from the table to the edge of the truck's floor and roll and slide my gear onto the table. The table may not be needed with the Cybertruck.
 

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I ordered the Cybertruck specifically to replace the Yukon XL that I've used for 20 years to haul my music gear - a Hammond XK organ, a Leslie 3300, a digital stage piano and a keyboard amp, plus stands, a drum throne and a couple of cases with misc cables, pedals, mics and stuff. My gear is all in waterproof or resistant covers and cases. I'll just lower the rear of the truck, drop the gate and ramp, roll open the cover and haul the gear out quickly. I thought about a camper cover but (according to my measurement and some educated guesses about the detailed dimensions of the vault) all of my gear will fit under the rolled down cover. I used to haul a full sized console organ and Leslie plus the rest of the gear in a 4x6 trailer that I still have; the only reason to use a difficult-to-park and easy-to-steal trailer rather than some kind of vehicle is if the gear is simply too heavy to lift high enough to load it into the vehicle. I do use a load table table in my garage to unload my Yukon at home. It's just a home-built platform that is the same height as my Yukon's load floor; I drop a hinged ramp from the table to the edge of the truck's floor and roll and slide my gear onto the table. The table may not be needed with the Cybertruck.
Hadn’t really thought about this, but the Cybertruck is the perfect compliment for a band and impromptu outdoor venues.

Roll up, unload the gear, plug your amps, lights, and gear into the truck for power.

Party ON
 

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Oh, yeah, being able to run sans generator is a big advantage for a venue.

When I first wired together LED lighting and my car battery and solar the guys on the rave circuit were amazed. I would have this bright, comfortable space without the intrusion of the noise from a generator. And it'd run all night!

And in the last morning, I used a panel to recharge a car whose battery went flat ^-^

-Crissa
 
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I ordered the Cybertruck specifically to replace the Yukon XL that I've used for 20 years to haul my music gear - a Hammond XK organ, a Leslie 3300, a digital stage piano and a keyboard amp, plus stands, a drum throne and a couple of cases with misc cables, pedals, mics and stuff. My gear is all in waterproof or resistant covers and cases. I'll just lower the rear of the truck, drop the gate and ramp, roll open the cover and haul the gear out quickly. I thought about a camper cover but (according to my measurement and some educated guesses about the detailed dimensions of the vault) all of my gear will fit under the rolled down cover. I used to haul a full sized console organ and Leslie plus the rest of the gear in a 4x6 trailer that I still have; the only reason to use a difficult-to-park and easy-to-steal trailer rather than some kind of vehicle is if the gear is simply too heavy to lift high enough to load it into the vehicle. I do use a load table table in my garage to unload my Yukon at home. It's just a home-built platform that is the same height as my Yukon's load floor; I drop a hinged ramp from the table to the edge of the truck's floor and roll and slide my gear onto the table. The table may not be needed with the Cybertruck.
Right on! Thank you so much for the comment. Waterproof cases would solve it and would probably keep us even more organized. Can’t tell you how excited I am to roll the gear in and out ?? No more squatting in the bed if my truck under my shell.

 

 
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