"Don't think of this as buying a rusty pick-up truck with shoddy brakes; think of it as buying a piece of history. The 1930s look is huge right now, so you'll have to act fast if you want to beat the hipsters to the punch. We know you'll treasure this classic Rat-loader from Bravado just as much as the previous 19 owners did."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Bravado Rat-Loader is a pickup truck featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Grand Theft Auto V

This vehicle appears to be based on a 1939 Chevrolet Pickup Truck. It features a ramshackle flat bed covered with random trash, but can be given a standard bed at Los Santos Customs. The Rat-Loader features crooked and bent front and rear license plates, a crooked front grille with missing and bent bars, and a bent hood. The stock Rat-Loader has rusty "Smoothie" wheels wrapped in discolored offroad tires. The truck has no front or rear bumpers; the license plates are instead mounted on the bars the bumpers would normally connect to. It also features a rusted and faded paint job. The Rat-Loader has no tail light cluster, and as such does not feature reverse lights, turn signals or brake lights. The vehicle is also equipped with a CB radio, with indistinctive chatter occasionally audible.

Most of the above damage can be repaired at Los Santos Customs, or, if desired, complete removal of the body panels. However, no matter what, the faded and rusted paint job remains. The body modifications available for this vehicle can make it look more like a Rat rod.

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Grand Theft Auto V

Although the Rat-Loader comes with a modern V8 engine producing a fair amount of torque, the weight and thin tires make it prone to wheel-spin both off the line and on the way as well as giving it very poor braking. Its acceleration is average for the class, but its top speed is lacking for a Muscle car. The suspension and direction setup also cause it to have a very wide turning radius causing massive under-steer and making maneuverability quite the challenge. Fish tailing is not uncommon due to its engine power. Durabilty for the Rat-Loader itself is much lower, taking only a few collisions for the wheels to get jammed.

GTA V Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 84 / 135 4 N/A RWD 1200 / 2646 45
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A 4 N/A RWD 1200 / 2646 N/A
8.9 Seconds 85 / 136 4 FR SOHC V8 w/ 4 Double-Barrel Downdraft Carburetors (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

In GTA V, the Rat-Loader can be customized at Los Santos Customs and Beeker's Garage.

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $1,250 $5,250
Armor Upgrade 40% $3,125 $8,750
Armor Upgrade 60% $5,000 $14,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $8,750 $24,500
Armor Upgrade 100% $12,500 $35,000
Brakes Street Brakes $5,000 $10,000
Sport Brakes $6,750 $13,500
Race Brakes $8,750 $17,500
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,250 $4,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $3,125 $6,250
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $4,500 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $8,375 $16,750
Engine Bay Chromed V8 $550 $1,100
Exhaust Short Exhausts $375 $750
Straight Exit Exhausts $899 $1,800
Stinger Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Side Exit Exhaust $4,770 $9,550
Fenders Remove Fenders $450 $900
Cycle Fenders $750 $1,500
Grille Grille with Fixed Bars $375 $750
Grille Bars Removed $670 $1,340
Vintage Grille $825 $1,650
Grille Cowl Removed $1,500 $3,000
Hood Remove Hood $325 $1,700
Repaired Hood $750 $2,400
Single Scoop With Hood $875 $2,900
Single Scoop Without Hood $1,000 $4,450
Triple Scoop With Hood $1,200 $5,000
Single Scoop Without Hood $1,450 $5,600
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $5,000
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Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $750
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $600
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $7,375 $14,750
Sports Transmission $8,125 $16,250
Race Transmission $10,000 $20,000
Truck Bed Basic Truck Bed $350 $700
Basic Truck Bed With Arches $575 $1,150
Wooden Sided Truck Bed $800 $1,600
Chopped Truck Bed $975 $1,950
Turbo Turbo Tuning $6,250 $35,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Grand Theft Auto V

A clean variant, known as the Rat-Truck, was added in the Festive Surprise which removes the rusty paint damage, features a tailgate, but has no available modification options for the truck bed, unlike its rusty counterpart.


Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can be bought for $6,000 (formerly free) on Southern San Andreas Super Autos.
  • As in the single-player game, one may spawn at Beeker's Garage in Paleto Bay with various customization options added onto it. It can be kept and stored, or sold for $12,500. (Enhanced version)
  • It can also be found in Sandy Shores.


Grand Theft Auto V

  • The Rat-Loader is one of the oldest cars in the game, along with the Rat-Truck, Duneloader, Z-TypeHotknife, the old Tractor, the Roosevelt and the Fränken Stange.
  • The default radio station for the Rat-Loader is Rebel Radio.
  • When the game was released, the Rat-Loader was classed as a Utility vehicle. Following update 1.07 it was classified as an Off-Road vehicle, and since update 1.10 it has been classified as a Muscle vehicle. Also, due to a bug following update 1.07, the Rat-Loader could not be stored in a player's garage in GTA Online. This was fixed following update 1.10.
  • When the player enters the vehicle, the manufacturer's name does not appear. Also, despite being a Bravado vehicle, a Vapid logo can be seen under the steering wheel.
  • A glitch occured if the vehicle was taken to Los Santos Customs. If the player cycles through all the available truck bed modifications without picking any of them, the truck bed would disappear once the player leaves the shop.

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