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The Vapid Towtruck, is, as implied, a tow truck featured in Grand Theft Auto V. It is significantly larger than the Tow Truck and since they both share their GXT names, it's often called the Large Tow Truck.


Grand Theft Auto V

The design for the Towtruck seems to be derived from Grand Theft Auto IV's Yankee, with an identical cab and chassis design. The major differences between the Towtruck and the normal Tow Truck are the model of inspiration, the size and the inability of being customized and stored. Unlike the other version, it has a heightened ground clearance, thus towing vehicles is considerably easier than its other variant. The Towtruck has a slightly rusted body.

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Grand Theft Auto V

The Towtruck is powered by a V8 diesel engine, which is capable of bringing the truck up to great top speeds, however due to its weight, it is sluggish and unresponsive when accelerated. Its long wheelbase and chassis results in it having a large turning radius, but due to its weight, it is very stable when cornering and maneuvering at high speeds. Additionally, it can easily ram smaller cars off the road, and its durability is remarkable.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Cubic Capacity/Layout/Type)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)

(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 105 / 167 (handling.dat)


RWD (handling.dat)

4 (handling.dat)

5000 / 11023 (handling.dat)

(i.e. recorded/tested using in-game data.) (Observed Top Speeds & Acceleration Times)

n/a n/a

FR (rear 4) V8



Mass cannot be observed.


Prominent Appearances in Missions

  • The truck is featured for one of the main heists. First, appears in a setup, which is stolen from its owner to let it prepared. Later, in the heist itself, is used by Franklin to ram the armored van.
  • It is prominently used in a series of Strangers and Freaks' missions encountered by Franklin, with Tonya. In the first mission, the player learns about towing mechanics and the tow hitch controls.
  • It is also used in the side mission, Grass Roots, playing as Franklin. Note that comes in a unique paint scheme.



  • The default radio station of the Large Tow Truck is:
  • All variations of the Large Tow Truck, without exception, feature a transfer on each door: "Casey's Highway Clearance".
  • It's a variant of the Scrap Truck, which at same time is based on a Yankee, from GTA IV. It may also be a variant of the Tipper due to the similar front.
  • Like the Cargobob, the Large Tow Truck can tow most of the land vehicles in the game compared to the Towtruck.
  • The Large Tow Truck can also tow larger vehicles; Bus, Dashound, Packer, Phantom, Stockade, Dock Handler and Dozer.
  • The flashing lights may be activated the same way one would activate the lights and siren on emergency vehicles. However, pedestrian cars will not react to it being active, unlike their behavior with the Lifeguard.
  • Using Franklin's special ability while towing a car tends to be very problematic, usually swinging the towed car very violently from side to side, and a high risk of it becoming unhooked.
  • in Scouting the Port after Trevor takes the briefcase and leaves the restricted area, a Tow Truck can be seen parked outside. This Tow Truck has a unique license plate that reads "5T3ALM3" (STEALME). It can be saved and stored at Floyd's Apartment.

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