For a similar looking van in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, see Camper.
"If you're looking to bang freshmen, haul surfboards, or run weed across the border, this is the camper for you. Membership to an elite group of dropouts, degenerates and dudes stuck in the past is only a few thousand bucks away."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The BF Surfer is a vintage camper van that appears in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Grand Theft Auto V

The van's design is heavily inspired by the styling of the VW T1 (Type 2) Bay Window and Splitscreen vans. The front section (front end and front doors) resembles the VW T1 Splitscreen van, the second section (sliding doors) resembles the VW T1 Bay Window van, the third section (square window and flat metal behind) resembles the VW T1 Splitscreen (excluding the runners for the sliding doors) and the fourth section (rear end) resembles the VW T1 Bay Window van.

In-game, the Surfer is available in two variants:

  • A clean variant named surfer, which comes with small wheels with five-spoke aftermarket wheels, roof racks and, sometimes, a surf table mounted on the same.
  • A beater variant named surfer2, which has a rusty color, rusty bumpers and uses medium-size wheels with centercaps.

Both models are available in a two-tone paintjob, with stripes of both colors on the middle section, where it starts in a V-shape stripes on the front end of the vehicle.

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Grand Theft Auto V

Much like its real life counterpart, the Surfer is very slow due to its small engine. However, acceleration is not that bad, and handling is average, but overall, it is sluggish and is not a good choice for pursuits due to its weak resistance against heavy collisions.

The beater variant has higher suspension compared to the clean one, making it a good vehicle on bumpy, flat terrain. However, it is significantly inferior in terms of overall performance.

GTA V Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
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Gears Engine Drivetrain
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N/A 62 / 100 4 N/A RWD 2500 / 5512 65
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N/A N/A 4 RR RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $30,000
Brakes Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $6,700
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,375
Respray - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $1,100
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 $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Grand Theft Auto V

  • Spawns on the side of a road, along with a Radius in Blaine County.
  • A uniquely colored Surfer is seen abandoned near the Sandy Shores Airfield on Smoke Tree Road in the Grand Senora Desert, near Harmony and Sandy Shores during the abandoned vehicle Random Event. When approaching on foot, an unknown man will hit the protagonist with a tazer. The player can obtain this by either towing the van, or as Trevor only, can use the special ability so the Stun Gun has no effect, and then the enemy can be killed.
  • The Surfer's clean version can also be found randomly near the first bridge north of Fort Zancudo. Coming up from the south side of the map, drive through the tunnel under the fort, and the player will come to a right-left series of turns in the highway; after these turns will be the bridge. A dirt trail branches off the eastern side of the road, marked by a roadside parking lot and a shack. Turn down it, and follow the trail as it wraps around back under the bridge. The dirt path lets out onto a beach with a party going on. If no cars appear at first, keep driving and they should spawn. If the Surfer does not spawn, get back on the road and drive a good distance before returning. Repeat as many times as needed and one will show up. This is also a good way to get the Journey, the Sandking SWB and the Regina, which all spawn here more commonly than the Surfer.

Grand Theft Auto Online


Special Variant

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • A uniquely colored Surfer is scripted to spawn in Setup: Signal Intercepts, once at least one player has reached the first objective. It is unobtainable. (See Trivia)


Grand Theft Auto Online

  • In the enhanced version, the NPC-modified Surfer nets the player a very small value of $2,850 in Los Santos Customs.



  • This vehicle is named "Surfer" because its inspiration, the Volkswagen T1, is famous for its association with the 1960s surf culture. In reference to this, it often spawns with a surfboard on the roof.

Grand Theft Auto V


The Surfer as it's seen in Righteous Slaughter 7.

  • When damaged enough, the sliding doors open outwards like normal doors. Even though there are door railings on the sides.
  • A red Surfer appears in the game play video for Righteous Slaughter 7.
  • The clean Surfer has five-spoke aftermarket wheels and a lowered suspension compared to the beater Surfer. This causes the license plate to clip through the geometry on rough terrain.
  • Similar to the Journey and Youga Classic, the Surfer has an anachronistically modern interior, fitted with a plastic steering wheel and dash, even though it is a '60s van.
  • During Signal Intercepts, after reaching the Deluxos a blue-and-white Surfer will drive past. This is a reference to the first Back to the Future film, as in that film shortly after the DeLorean time machine is revealed the two main characters are attacked by terrorists driving a blue-and-white VW van.
    • Curiously, despite the van and its driver not being marked as hostile, it is a valid target for homing missile lock-ons.

See Also

  • Camper - A similar vehicle which was previously a camper van.