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The Tow Truck (also spelt Towtruck) is, as implied, a name for a series of hook-and-chain tow trucks featured in Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto V. It is manufactured by Vapid in the HD Universe.

Design

GTA 2

The Tow Truck debuted in GTA 2 as a towing vehicle based on the chassis of a Chevrolet COE, and a cab design similar to certain large trucks in the game (including the Van, Ice Cream Van, Hot Dog Van and the G4 Bank Van); the vehicle is also available with yellow body color only. The vehicle also lacks any towing ability, unlike the Truck Cab and Truck Cab SX. It is only in Multiplayer, so most people who have GTA 2 have never driven it.

GTA San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, the tow truck resembles a 3rd generation Chevy C/K. It is useful for stealing locked cars or cars that the player desires and putting them in property garages that CJ owns and keeping them and thus modifying them for performance when desired or for show, or for when CJ gathers GSF members and engage in a turf war.

The Lost and Damned

The Vapid Towtruck in The Lost and Damned shares its chassis with the Slamvan, which resembles a Chevrolet C3100 tow truck, but looks like a 1940-1950 Ford F-100. However, the headlights and grille look like they are from a 1975-'79 Ford Econoline van, and the windshield and door tops awkwardly appear to be from a 1980's Ford F-Series. Like most vehicles in the game, the Towtruck does not feature reversing lights. The vehicle can only be found in a beater condition, with rusty bodywork and faded "Native Engines" logos on its doors. Like the "beater" variants of the Emperor, Sabre, and Vigero, the Towtruck features a distorted horn. Like GTA2, the Towtruck cannot be used to tow vehicles.

GTA V

There are two different Tow Trucks featuring in GTA V. The regular Towtruck looks the same as it did in The Lost and Damned. It always spawns in its beater form, with rusty paintjob and slightly dilapidated bodywork. This Tow Truck is capable of being customized in Los Santos Customs like any other vehicle, as well as capable of being stored in any garage owned by the player. It is capable of lifting and towing any vehicle it hooks to, including transport trucks and attached trailers, although these will require all available engine upgrades and a flat surface to make any progress with large vehicles. It is also capable of creating a chain and staying attached to other vehicles even if the player is not in it, meaning they can create large chains of tow trucks strung together without them de-spawning. These trucks can be found spawning in Paleto Bay coming in off the northern section of the highway, or in tow. For the first time in the series, the amber lights on the Towtruck's roof can be activated by tapping the horn button.

The second variant is the Large Tow Truck, which is larger than the regular Towtruck and has a more modern appearance. The Large Tow Truck is significantly less common than the regular Towtruck.

Performance

GTA San Andreas

Despite being a tow truck, the Tow Truck in GTA San Andreas is very fast, but has a tad understeer. It is perfect for off-road, because of its soft suspensions, great grip, and powerful V8 engine. It is also a durable vehicle, and can even survive a collision with a Rhino, which normally destroys weaker vehicles. This can be especially useful during the Los Santos Riots, as it can take a large number of bullets and survive close up explosions. It has similar handling to the Sadler, but has a stronger engine and higher top speed. Its overall performance is tied that of the Yosemite.

GTA V

The HD Universe rendition of the Towtruck is considerably inferior in performance, possessing average acceleration (owed largely to its light weight) and top speed, but possesses poor steering which requires the aid of brakes to corner sharply. Its rear wheel drive configuration and slightly overpowered engine also results in the Towtruck suffering from minor sliding after tight turns.

GTA V Overview

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

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

n/a 100 / 161 (handling.dat)

n/a

RWD (handling.dat)

4 (handling.dat)

5000 / 11023 (handling.dat)

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded on In-game speedometer.)

n/a n/a

FR V8

RWD

4

Mass cannot be observed.

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Locations

GTA 2

  • The vehicle is only available in the game's multiplayer modes, as it cannot be found in any districts in Anywhere City or any single-player missions.

GTA San Andreas

GTA The Lost and Damned

GTA V

  • Spawns outside Beeker's Garage in Paleto Bay. It can sometimes be found with a unique black and green colour scheme.
  • Can also be spotted on highways
  • Sometimes spawns on the beach down the road from the Sandy Shores Tattoo Parlor next to Marina Drive, though a Rat-Loader may be found instead. 

 Glitches

  • On the PC, Xbox, and Mobile versions of GTA San Andreas, the towing cable and hook may sometimes disappear from the towing arm, especially when losing a towed car due to high speed and sharp turning. It will still be capable of towing vehicles without a visible hook, though.
  • In GTA San Andreas, towing a Dozer and turning the Tow Truck sharply in any direction will throw the two vehicles in opposite directions with great force. Also, if towing a Packer with some vehicles on its back, the vehicles may sometimes be thrown into the air with great force, and the Packer may catch on fire and explode. Similar glitches may also occur if towing a line of multiple Tow Trucks. The same applies to the Tractor.
  • In GTA V, towing a vehicle and storing the Tow Truck in the protagonist's personal garage will cause the vehicle being towed to enter the garage with the Tow Truck. However, the vehicle will remain attached to the Towtruck and may damage other vehicles in the garage.
  • The Towtruck could originally be obtained in GTA Online via the use of a glitch, but this has now been patched.
  • Using Franklin's special ability whilst towing a vehicle will cause it to glitch, resulting the vehicle flinging from the hook when turning sharply. 

Trivia

  • The default radio stations for the Tow Truck are:
  • Oddly, in GTA San Andreas, the Tow Truck shares the same horn with the Super GT.
  • The Towtruck in GTA V and TLAD shares its truck bed with the Bobcat but with a different bumper and tail lights and modified bed sides. This is a reference to the Chevrolet stepside trucks (which the Bobcat in GTA IV is based on) which kept the same basic bed design well into the 80s.
  • Unlike most vehicles, if a Clown horn is installed on the Tow Truck in GTA V and the player activates the horn, it will repeat the horn until the button is released.
  • In GTA V in the custom shops the tow truck does not demonstrate any horns after the clown one.

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