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The Camper is a camper van featured in Grand Theft Auto London (both 1969 and 1961), Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V. It is manufactured by Brute in Grand Theft Auto V.

Design

Grand Theft Auto London

The Camper is evidently designed as a large 1960s van based on the Volkswagen Type 2 T1 in the 2D and the 3D Universe. The GTA London rendition is depicted with a design proportionate to the Volkswagen Type 2, comes with only one color scheme (orange with a white top) and with a front-mounted spare tire.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition of the Camper features a narrower body and lower ground clearance than its predecessor, and sports more variety in the kinds of accessories featured. It is almost identical to the real-life Volkswagen in front but is longer and with a more modern look in the back half and the wheels; it may be found in a variety of two-tone or three-tone color schemes. The San Andreas' Camper has no front license plate, only the rear one is present, and is a mirror-view (reverse) from the frontal one, even when the front license is not present.

Like most vans in GTA San Andreas, it cannot be modified at any car shop. It can only be resprayed, and if a Camper has the peace sign in front, it will stay after respray. Sometimes, the Camper will spawn with a pop-top on the roof.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Camper reappears much larger than its previous appearances, acquiring the form of a recreational vehicle, specifically a Class-C motorhome. Given it shares the main cab with the 1st generation Burrito, the Camper is obviously based on a 1996-2002 Chevrolet Express, with the large compartment that starts in a V-shape over the main cab and ends with a flat rear end with a large rack on the back.

The Camper always spawns in white with blue, light blue and yellow/gold stripes on it, with the "Camper" texts visible on it. Although it is heavily considered as the successor of the Journey, actually the Camper only takes the role of the Class C motorhome, since the Journey returns as a Class A motorhome, but the Camper is newer and cleaner than the Journey in the game.

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Performance

Grand Theft Auto: London

In comparison to its predecessor, the Love Wagon, the Camper's performance in GTA London is slightly more acceptable with a moderately good top speed, slightly below average acceleration and handling, average weight. While valued as £400 in mint condition, the van cannot be exported as it is "too big".

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Like the Volkswagen Type 2, the Camper in GTA San Andreas runs on a small flat-4 cylinder engine. Acceleration and speed are among the worst in the game, as are handling and braking, which are also inferior with poor hill climbing capabilities but match the vehicle well due to the weak engine and bulky chassis. Also, despite its size and resemblance to a Volkswagen van, the Camper is capable of carrying only 3 people, including the driver; where one passenger sits in the bed while the other sits on the seat. It is probably the only vehicle that can only carry two other people.

Grand Theft Auto V

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

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

n/a 100 / 161 (Handling.dat)

4.5L Turbo-Diesel (Badging)

FWD (Handling.dat)

4 (Handling.dat)

4000 / 8818 (Handling.dat)

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

n/a n/a

n/a

FWD

4

Mass cannot be observed.


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Variants

The Mothership

"The engine block is held together with a macramé hammock and that it runs on 15-year-old cooking oil."
The Truth telling Carl Johnson about his mothership

The Mothership is a variant of the Camper in GTA San Andreas owned by the weed-growing hippie The Truth. The only difference between the Mothership and the Camper vans is the unique psychedelic hippie paintjob. When it is first introduced in the mission "Are You Going to San Fierro?", The Truth mentions that the engine block is held together with a macramé hammock and that it runs on 15-year-old cooking oil. He also claims that he purchased the vehicle in 1967. The Mothership's number plate reads "EREHTTUO" which is simply the phrase out there written backwards (a clear double pun from the saying "The Truth is Out There"), but as mentioned above, this "backwards" license effect is present in every Camper.

The Mothership appears only during the missions "Are You Going to San Fierro?", "Black Project", and "Riot", otherwise it is not found anywhere else in the game. In addition, the van does not have its own index number and internal name, making the Mothership difficult to obtain using conventional trainers. Garages are also notorious for not saving paint jobs so there is a chance of losing the paintjob if saved in a garage.

It is possible to steal a BP/EP/DP/FP proof Mothership during the mission "Black Project", see here.

Khaki-brown Camper

A unique GTA San Andreas Camper with khaki brown paintwork is obtainable during the mission "Jizzy". The van is made available when the player is required to rush to the bottom of a highway intersection near Foster Valley to rescue one of Jizzy B's prostitutes from two abusive clients. The van, parked close to all three individuals, can easily be taken and stored in a garage, to which point the player may either choose to complete the mission or fail it.

Unlike the Mothership, the khaki brown Camper will retain its body color as it doesn't utilize texture-based paint jobs. The combination of colors on the van may vary between each attempt in the mission, including a red-brown-black design or a brown-white design, but generally adopts brown in all its combinations.

Of interesting note is that the van's lights will remain on during the mission as long as the player doesn't store it in the garage, regardless of time and weather.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Are You Going to San Fierro? - The Mothership, Thuth's hippie modified Camper, appears for the first time in this mission, loaded with three tons of marijuana, and ready to go to SF.
  • Jizzy - A Camper is found in the mission, when you rescue a prostitute beneath San Fierro Bypass.
  • Black Project - Truth's Mothership appears in the opening and the ending cutscenes.
  • Green Goo - Truth goes away with the Mothership after receiving the green goo in the ending cutscene.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: London

  • The Camper is commonplace in street traffic, and hence is more easily available for the player to commandeer.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V

Trivia

General

  • "Camper" was the real nickname given for the VW Type 2 in the UK.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Sometimes, the Camper will have a paintjob similar to the German flag, but inverted (red, yellow and black from top to bottom). This is a reference to Germany where the Volkswagen Type 2 was made.
  • The Camper in GTA San Andreas plays the radio station K-JAH Radio West by default when entered.
  • All Campers in San Andreas have a mirror flipped number plate. This is because Rockstar North (based in Scotland) made this vehicle. In the original version, the Camper had a right hand steering and right middle door, like all vehicles in Scotland would have. This problem is also evident on the DFT-30.
  • The Camper is the only three-passenger vehicle in the game, and one of four vehicles with three instead of two body colors (the others being the Cement TruckSqualo, and Rustler).
  • In the GTA San Andreas beta, there was to be a light blue/yellow/black paintjob for the Camper.
  • The rear door of the Camper in GTA San Andreas appears to be a sliding door, but in fact, swings open normally.
  • The taillights on the Camper are different between the PC and the console versions.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • If the player manages to find a way to see the interior of the Camper, it will be just an empty space, similar to the Stockade's rear compartment (the best way to see it is selecting a Camper in a race in GTA Online).

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