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TruckCabSX-GTA2-withTransporter
A Truck Cab SX pulling a flat bed Transporter trailer, which in turn is carrying an unmarked Z-Type, in GTA 2.
ZSAdded by ZS

Towing refers to an ability in Grand Theft Auto games to tow or pull an object, specifically a trailer or vehicle, using another vehicle. The feature is first made possible in Grand Theft Auto 2, when semi-trailer trucks possess the ability to pull trailers. The feature is also present in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V.

Description

Attachments with trailers simply require the player reverse their vehicle into the front of a trailer until the camera readjusts itself to center on both the hauler and the trailer, confirming the coupling is complete. When pulling a trailer, the vehicle will possess poorer performance due to the need to pull extra weight, especially with regards to steering as the vehicle is now longer. Players have the option of detaching trailers after attachment.

GTA 2

All in all, GTA 2 features three forms of trailers, one of which is somewhat useful in actual gameplay. The Truck Cab and the Truck Cab SX represent the game's only two semi-trailer trucks, and are also the only vehicles in GTA 2 capable of attaching to and pulling trailers. Players may detach a trailer using the attack key or button.

Trailers sustain damage like other vehicles, and also emit fire the same way when heavily damaged, even exploding when destroyed, posing a danger to the player if they are pulling a trailer that is in bad condition.

GTA San Andreas

Tanker-GTASA-withtrailer
A Tanker truck with a "Tanker Trailer" attached in GTA San Andreas.
ZSAdded by ZS

GTA San Andreas is the first game after GTA 2 to reintroduce the ability to pull loads. The game mechanics of attaching to and pulling a trailer is roughly the same as in GTA 2, but trailers may decouple from a vehicle using a specific command or if physical force (i.e. jackknifing, dislodging due to rough terrains or jumps, excessive speed, etc.) is subjected to the trailer. However, there is no single button to detach the trailers. There is a glitch in the PS2 version where taking a picture of the attachment will detach the trailers but the glitch is fixed in subsequent versions.

Along with the game's three semi-trailer trucks (the Linerunner, Tanker and Roadtrain), the game also introduces a different range of vehicles with roughly the same capability, including:

  • The Tow Truck, which employs an adjustable boom at the back to pull any large vehicle.
  • The Tractor, which uses an adjustable tow hitch to pull smaller hauls or large vehicles.
  • The Utility Van and Baggage, which feature a stationary tow hitch to pull smaller hauls.

The trailers themselves consist of a more varied range of items, some of which are not available unless they are spawned using a third-party trainer. In total, GTA San Andreas features eight types of trailers: Four semi-trailers and four specialized trailers.

All trailers in general are capable of exploding entirely if severely damaged or flipped over, but specialized trailers have several other peculiarities, including functional headlights and taillights that light up at night or in a dark location, and the ability to emit smoke if sufficiently damaged (Including those that would never burn, much less explode). This is because all trailers are classified as vehicles, although they are defined with a different classification to other road vehicles.

Truck trailers are prominently used in the Trucking side missions.

GTA V

The ability to tow trailers returns in GTA V, with mechanics almost identical to those in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Any semi with a hitch in the back can be reversed into most trailers, which will then automatically attach themselves. The player can unhook the trailer at any time, even while moving, which can offer a performance boost if needed or aid a getaway if executed properly. On highways, most often outside of Los Santos, semi trucks hauling various forms of cargo can be seen in traffic. Beyond commercial hauling, the Tow Truck returns, with the ability to move vehicles.

GTA: Chinatown Wars

In GTA Chinatown Wars, there is a Tanker. There are also a couple of missions that require either pulling up or detaching a Hellenbach or another object, either with a Recovery or a Reefer.

List of trailers

GTA 2

Image Name Description
Container-GTA2 Container A container trailer.
Tanker-GTA2 Tanker A tanker trailer for liquid loads. Not to be confused with a Tanker truck (Early Ray Larabie design).
Transporter-GTA2 Transporter A flat bed trailer. With the Transporter, the player has the ability to place any car on the trailer using single, unmarked cranes located in each district of the city; likewise, vehicles on trailers can be unloaded using the same cranes. When a gang car is placed on the truck, its gang markings disappears for as long as it is on the trailer.

GTA San Andreas

Semi-trailers
Image Name Description
ArticulatedTrailer-GTASA-artict1-front
Articulated Trailer A trailer designed to carry solid loads. The trailer is available in three forms, two fully covered (artict1 and artict3) and one hopper (artict2).

artict1: Boxy design and bears companies.

artict2: Looks like a dump loader, with some solid material on it.

artict3: Looks like the Artict1, except a flat space on the rear. Some players believes that the trailer belongs to Roadtrain.

ArticulatedTrailer-GTASA-artict2-front
ArticulatedTrailer-GTASA-artict3-front
TankerTrailer-GTASA-front
Tanker Trailer A fuel tank trailer bearing Xoomer livery. Tanker trucks always uses these trailers. Spawn with a cheat.
Specialized trailers
FarmTrailer-GTASA-front
Farm Trailer A cultivator intended to be pulled by a Tractor, complete with functional chisels that move as the Farm Trailer is in motion. The Farm Trailer can be found at a farm in Tierra Robada near the Bait Shop, although no Tractors can be found in the desert. It is also found at the Blueberry Acres farm near Blueberry in Red County. It can also be found at the East side of the farm buildings across the water, West of Palomino Creek
UtilityTrailer-GTASA-front
Utility Trailer A black utility trailer intended for the Utility Van. The trailer is not normally available in game, and can only be spawned using a third-party trainer or car spawner. The reason for its lack of availability in-game is unknown. If the trailer is spawned at night, connected to the Utility Van, then turned on its side or upsidedown a headlight can be seen[1].
TugStairs-GTASA-front
Tug Stairs A mobile staircase commonly found in airports, intended for the Baggage and ideal for access into an AT-400 where a permanent platform is not available. Its high center of gravity may often lead it to topple over during high speed cornering. It is classed as a vehicle as a Heat Seeking Rocket Launcher can lock onto it and if shot at enough it will explode like an ordinary car.
BaggageBox-GTASA-bagboxa-front
Baggage Box A luggage box commonly found in airports, and intended for the Baggage. Available open (bagbox a) or closed (bagbox b), and may also be attached to other Baggage Boxes or the Tug Stairs. The Baggage Box also features its own steering axle.
BaggageBox-GTASA-bagboxb-front

GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V includes several trailers:

Semi-trailers
Image Name Description
Trailer-Boat-GTAV Boat trailers Pulled by Sadlers and Bison (vehicle)s. They usually spawn with boats on board. The player back the trailer into water and use the boat.
Car-Trailer-V-Trevor Leisure trailers Spawn frequently being towed by Sadlers and Bisons. Often carry objects that can fall out if the trailer is flipped or hit with enough force.
Car-Trailer-V-Trevor-2 Generator trailers Pulled by Sadlers and Bisons. The generator trailer is used to supply electricity in remote areas, but is useless in actual gameplay.
Trailer-Artic-GTAV Artict trailers Standard variation with boxy design, similar with GTA San Andreas. Also bears companies, such Up-n-Atom Burger.
Trailer-CarCarrier-GTAV Car trailers Sometimes spawn with cars on board.
Trailer-Tanker-GTAV Tanker trailers Used to carry gasoline. Can explode if shot enough times, potentially bearing danger to a player hauling it. A camouflaged variant is used by the military. These trailers can often be found when driving in Paleto Bay
Trailer-Flatbed-GTAV Cargo trailers (i.e. lorries/trucks) Flat trailers are used to carry things. Logs or containers usually spawn on these.
Big boat trailers The semi trailers that haul large boats. Once appears in the mission Father/Son.

Trivia

  • In Online, other players can ride on top of certain trailer types. This can be used to transport more than two people while driving a semi, but low structures, and crashing can sometimes knock players off while on the trailers.

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