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Packer
MTLPacker-Front-GTAV
A Packer in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view).
Vehicle type Industrial truck
Body style Car transporter/Flatbed/Tanker/Tractor trailer truck
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto V
Manufacturer MTL (HD Universe)
Related vehicle(s) Flatbed
Pounder
Linerunner

The MTL Packer is a 2 door Car transporter/Flatbed/Tanker/Tractor trailer truck featuring in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V.

Description

GTA Vice City

Packer-GTAVC-front text

Packer - GTA Vice City
Vice City Port Authority in Viceport
as seen when entered.

Packer bears a resemblance to the 1986 Peterbilt 379 Car Carrier and is an ideal portable ramp to set up for stunts as players usually approach at speed to jump and clear walls, fences and low buildings and to drive onto rooftops, or run up the ramp to climb rooftops and other high places. It can push small cars away without restraint, but it is slow and hard to control due to its long body and wheelbase.

In GTA Vice City the Packer is unable transport vehicles, they cannot be attached, and remain stationary while the Packer simply rolls out from beneath them.

GTA San Andreas

Inferni

A Packer loaded with Infernuses.

SFPD stuck in packer

An SFPD car crushed by a Packer

The In GTA San Andreas it is possible to safely store one car on the Packer due to its ability to move the upper ramp up and down; this is done by driving it onto the bottom ramp and slowly closing the top ramp down. If the ramp goes go too far down, however, the car will get crushed and explode.

In GTA San Andreas, it can transport up to three vehicles, due to the ability to elevate part of the ramp, however, cars can still roll off at sudden stops so the player must operate it with good sensitive touch to keep the cars safely in place. The truck can unexpectedly suddenly stop as if it hit the car you are carrying.

GTA IV

The Packer in GTA IV has a cab over engine design and is manufactured by MTL. Its short wheelbase makes the
Packer decals
truck slightly more maneuverable compared to the previous rendition, but does not make up for its still poor speed at 112 mph. In addition to the ramp that was available on previous versions of the Packer, it now comes with flatbed and tanker variations (the tanker's content is unknown). The ramp does not touch the ground so it can't be used for transporting cars or doing stunts; third party trainers can however be used to spawn a variant with a ramp touching the ground, but performing stunts with non-motorcycle vehicles is nearly impossible. It is based on a Kenworth K-100.

It can be sold to Stevie for up to $4000.

GTA V

The Packer returns in Grand Theft Auto V. However, this time it is a normal tractor trailer resembling a 2004 Freightliner Century Class 112. Players must be careful, for there are two other trucks that resemble the GTA V Packer: the Pounder, which is a truck with a trailer longer than that of a Benson, yet shorter than the real GTA V 18 wheeler trailers, and the Flatbed, the Packer's flatbed version. The truck that closely resembles the Packer in GTA IV is a truck known as the Hauler. The Packer, Hauler and Phantom are the only 18 wheeler trucks that appear in the game.It is to note that Packers can appear tugging long trailers with business ads on them, or pulling tank trailers, or sometimes nothing at all. The performance of the Packer this time is stellar. The top speed is above average and the acceleration is the best out of all semis. However, like a typical semi, handling requires some braking, but not as much as one would think.

Trivia

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The special green Packer in the mission Cop Wheels, GTA San Andreas.

RampPack

A packer with the ramp extended, Achieved using modifications.

  • A unique light green colored Packer appears in the mission Cop Wheels in GTA San Andreas.
  • It is one of two Vehicles to be referred to by its (in-game) name in a Mission, the other being the Merit in the Mission 555 We Tip.
    • Additionally, of the six vehicles referred to by their respective names (if one counts the Blista Compact, Willard, Feltzer and the Romero in GTA 4), it is the only vehicle that is only referred to by its name by the Protagonist (In this case, Carl Johnson) himself
  • The Packers is useful for transporting cars for the imports and exports.
  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie in GTA IV, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, and the Packer fetches $4,000.
  • The Packer plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • A Packer with the ramp down exists in the TLAD game files, but doesn't spawn.
  • The Packer may appear in GTA V as seen in the screenshots.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the Packer can be used as a mobile car crusher. Just park a car on the lower ramp, get in the Packer, and lower the top ramp. This will crush the car parked under it, causing it to explode. There is no practical use for this, other than plain fun!
    • Be careful not to place the car too close to the cab, or the Packer wil explode, too. Also, be careful not to place the car too far back, as it might slide off, or cause many unexpected (and unwanted) glitches to occur.
  • Also, in GTA SA, in mutiplayer, the Packer can be used to transport massive waves of gunmen, with the help of the double-deck, one Packer can be used to devastate a whole street. Just crowd as many armed people on both decks, and drive. Be careful not to make any tight turns, as anyone standing on the back may fall off.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the player cannot transport motorcyles or SUVs on the lower ramp because it's too low.
  • During mission Just Business in GTA San Andreas, the Packer is explosion proof and has unlimited weight.
  • Cars being transported will flip out or fall when the player turns or brakes the truck too sharp. The reason is because the cars cannot be attached on the truck, unless using mod. During the mission Just Business, the truck appears hauling Sultans and in the mission the mission Cop Wheels, it can haul four HPV-1000s. They won't fall because they're attached and scripted.
  • Players can transport cars and unload them with the help of a Tractor either towing/prevent sharp turns when towing, or being carried by the Packer hooked to a car that is already on the Packer. To prevent cars from immediateley rolling backwards when the Packer starts moving, the upper ramp can be used to clamp the cars in place. Click here to see how to load the cars onto the packer.
  • Despite the Packer's 2 person capacity, in the mission Pack Man it seats 3 ( Franklin, Trevor Philips, and Lamar )

Locations

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA IV

  • The Packer spawns at industrial areas.
  • Parked near the old Sprunk Factory, Niblick Street, Tudor, Alderney.
  • A Packer is seen blocking the road in the ending of the chase between Ivan and Niko in the mission Ivan The Not So Terrible. The player is able to take it, unless its driver drives away in it.

The Lost and Damned'

  • Occasionally appears in Gang Wars in The Lost and Damned as a target vehicle to destroy, used by the Albanians. The truck usually appears with the ramp or tanker bed. Sometimes during a glitch it will generate with both tank and ramp on board.

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