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Slamvan
Slamvan-TLAD-front
The Slamvan in The Lost and Damned
(Rear quarter view).
Vehicle type Civilian van
Body style Lowrider
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) GTA San Andreas
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Manufacturer Vapid (HD Universe)

The Vapid Slamvan is a vehicle available to the player in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and is also featured in the Grand Theft Auto IV downloadable episodic pack The Lost and Damned. The Slamvan is also seen in The Ballad of Gay Tony but only in the mission Frosting on the Cake, where it is unobtainable (unless the Slamvan trick is performed).

Design

GTA San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas the Slamvan resembles a heavily customized second generation GMC C/K. Naturally, it is a two door and can only seat two people. Sometimes the Slamvan will spawn with a custom chain steering wheel.

The Lost and Damned

In The Lost and Damned, the Vapid Slamvan is a different vehicle, as it no longer resembles a heavily customized pickup like it did in GTA San Andreas. It now resembles a Rat Rodded 1953–1956 Ford F-Series panel van. It awkwardly appears to have the windshield and door tops from a 1980's Ford F-Series. The Slamvan comes in only four color schemes, one of which is a two-tone gray body color, and another includes a black body with red wheels. The Slamvan also bears The Lost MC's insignia. The Slamvan has been debadged, but police chatter will refer the van as a "Vapid Slamvan".

Performance

The Slamvan's performance is below average, being attributed largely by its poor acceleration, although the van can achieve average speeds. The van's rear wheel torque makes it prone to fishtailing, but it is capable of relatively good cornering and braking, presumably because of its light weight.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

The Slamvan can only be modified at Loco Low Co. As such, the Slamvan is capable of participating in the Lowrider Challenge.

Type Upgrades Cost
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 $ 500
Paintjob 2 $ 500
Paintjob 3 $ 500
Colors Car Color 1 $ 150
Exhausts Chromer Exhaust $ 3340
Slamin Exhaust $ 3250
Front Bumper Chromer Bumper $ 2040
Front bullbars Chromer Bullbar $ 2130
Slamin Bullbar $ 2050
Rear bullbars Chromer Bullbar $ 1610
Slamin Bullbar $ 1540
Side Skirts Chrome Trim $ 780
Wheelcovers $ 940
Wheels Classic $ 1620
Dollar $ 1560
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Trance $ 1350
Cutter $ 1030
Rimshine $ 980
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000

The Slamvan Trick

The Slamvan only makes one appearance in TBoGT, during the chase sequence in Frosting on the Cake. Once this part of the mission starts, the player is locked into tossing sticky bombs. To obtain a Slamvan, as soon as the sequence begins, frantically begin pressing all the buttons on your controller (excluding the analog sticks), and Luis will "get out" of the car. He'll still be stuck in the sticky bomb targeting mode, but this will end once the mission fails for abandoning the car. Proceed to find a nearby Slamvan and take it to a safehouse.

NOTE: Sometimes the "sticky bomb aim" effect will last after the mission. This effect prevents the player from getting inside vehicles. The solution is to switch to fists or a melee weapon. This will allow Luis to interact with cars normally. Saving and loading the file will also fix this issue.

Source: [1]

Locations

GTA San Andreas

The Lost and Damned

  • Used in the mission "Heavy Toll".
  • Sometimes in a gang war, the Angels of Death will cruise around in one. Kill all the Angels of Death members and the Slamvan is yours for the taking. Try not to tear it up during the gang war though, as these often have unique paintjobs such as blue and white and black and orange.
  • Can be spawned via a cheat code (826-555-0100).

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Trivia

  • The Slamvan plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The Slamvan is mainly used by the Lost MC, having Lost decals on it. Occasionally though, Angels Of Death members may appear using it.
  • The standard Slamvan has a different horn than its Lost MC counterpart.
  • The Slamvan does not have reverse lights.
  • The Slamvan is one of the few vehicles in GTA IV that doesn't have a license plate on it.
  • The Lost MC member Terry Thorpe uses the Slamvan as a weapons transport.
  • In the GTA San Andreas beta, Slamvans had different wheels.
  • Unique to the The Ballad of Gay Tony rendition, the Slamvan occasionally backfires when shifting gears.
  • The police in The Lost and Damned sometimes refer to it as a "pickup," despite it having the appearence of a van. This may possibly indicate that the vehicle was a pickup truck in the beta.

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