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The Trashmaster is a recurring garbage truck. It succeeds the Garbage Truck from Grand Theft Auto 2, and reoccurs throughout the series, excluding Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It is manufactured by Brute in Grand Theft Auto IV and Jobuilt in Grand Theft Auto V.

Design

Throughout the games, its appearance has remained mostly the same, with the exception of the front cab, which switches around from flat cab-over design to a conventional cab in-between the games.

3D Universe

The Trashmaster has remained mostly the same in design throughout the 3D Universe games, with two different cab designs in the era. It has generally kept a cab-over-engine design with three axles and a large rear-loading container.

In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the Trashmaster resembles a Mack MR, but has squared headlights placed above the grille and a small windshield.

In GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, and GTA Vice City Stories it has a cab similar to the Yankee, but the grille is slightly altered. The GTA San Andreas's version also has different headlights, added turning signals and bears Sanitary Andreas logos.

The Vice City and Vice City Stories renditions retain the rear of the vehicle from the GTA III version, including the waste compartment, chassis and fuel tanks, with only the upper rear lights being rotated to a vertical configuration. The GTA San Andreas version changes the majority of the rear's design, but continues to retain the waste compartment's design.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The truck is revised in GTA IV and now resembles a 2000 Mack LE series refuse chassis, particularly those utilized by the DSNY (Department of Sanitation New York). The front light setup is similar to the Packer which appears to be derived from numerous Peterbilt models. The truck appears as a cab-over engine single-hopper refuse model with three axles. The front is equipped with a plough attachment. An airhorn is seen mounted on the passenger side of the cab roof. Along the chassis, two chrome fuel tanks are mounted near the front end on either side, and a storage box on the driver side. Behind the cab is an exhaust stack and the truck's filter system. At the bank of the truck, a functional (but not to the player) "trunk" serves as the compactor which opens and closes slightly. It does not appear open during normal gameplay, however.

The entire truck is only seen in a white base colour with Liberty Sanitation Department decals across the vehicle, including the company logo on the sides.

According to the police scanner, the Trashmaster is manufactured by Brute.[1] Moreover, both internally and by the police scanner, the Trashmaster is referred to as the "Trash" as oppose to its full name.

Grand Theft Auto V

Now manufactured by Jobuilt, the Trashmaster appears mostly unchanged, although numerous edits to the cab have been made. The truck now appears in a permanent worn, rusty texture and may appear in several different shades of grey. The cab's grille is no longer made up of vertical elements and is instead a much narrower grille with three vertical elements. The front indicators have been moved underneath the headlights. Handles have been added underneath the windshields, and the windscreen wipers have been swapped in a way that means they would rotate in the opposite direction. Marker lights have been added to the cab roof and an additional airhorn has been added. A chrome sun deflector has also been added in front of the windshields. The original bumper on the GTA IV model has been replaced with a single, flat-fronted chrome bumper with two tow-hooks. The passenger and driver-side doors also lack the beveled border edge found on the Brute model in GTA IV.

Several changes have been made to the rear compactor too; a small "Keep Los Santos Awesome" sign has been added to the front of the compactor. More marker lights have been added to the sides, and the ladder found on the GTA IV model has been moved to the other side and toward the front. Large advertisements have been fitted to the side of the truck that read "Little Pricks" and "Butt Lovers". An access hatch has also been added to the left front side of the compactor. At the rear of the compactor, the original lighting setup has been altered slightly; the inner taillights at the top are now reversing lights, and the rectangular indicator and brake lights at the bottom are now circular lights.

Along the chassis, the smaller chrome fuel tanks have been switched out for larger ones on either side. Fender flaps have also been added in front and behind the rear two axles. The exhaust stack has also been modified with a slightly curve at the top.

In game, the vehicle features the City of Los Santos seal on the front doors. Despite the fact that the vehicle has no badging, police radio chatter reveals that the manufacturer is Jobuilt. The truck itself now appears to be a combination of the Mack LE and Peterbilt 320 refuse trucks.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

The Trashmaster has a slow but powerful engine, and when at its top speed, is a threat to other motorists on the road. However, durability is slightly worse than expected for a truck of its size, but deformation/body damage is mostly unnoticeable. The truck has a high chance of rolling over when cornering at high speed.

3D Universe Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 68 / 110 4 Diesel RWD 5500 / 12125 (GTA III - GTA SA)
10000 / 22046 (GTA LCS - GTA VCS)
Observed
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

Returning in the HD Universe, the Trashmaster comes much slower and harder to handle. The truck is powered by a large diesel engine, with a RWD layout, and a 6-speed gearbox.

The truck is very slow at accelerating, due to the large and heavy rear, and the unequal weight distribution. The Trashmaster is also hard to turn quickly, due to the weight of the rear, which can cause mistakes when reversing down alleys and attempting to turn around.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 62 / 100 6 N/A RWD 6500 / 14330
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 6 FR RWD (rear 4) Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

In GTA V, the Trashmaster is no longer heavily dragged by its weight, and is now more secure and stiffer in suspension. Cornering is much of an improvement, but oversteer is still present. Acceleration is more responsive, as are the throttle and brakes.

The engine sound remains the same. Its gearbox is reduced to a 5 speed gearbox and weight is increased by 2500 kg.

GTA V Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 68 / 110 5 N/A RWD 9000 / 19842 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
12.1 Seconds 91 / 146 5 FR (rear 4) RWD (rear 4) Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Trashmaster-GTAV-RSCStats
Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

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Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto Online

An alternate version of the Trashmaster appears in the Heists Update, in the heist setup mission Series A - Trash Truck. This version only differs by having a very rusty rear, most notably at the bottom. It also suffers from numerous quality control issues.

Compared to the regular version, players are able to stand on top of the Heist variant without the risk of falling off.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Psycho Killer - A Trashmaster suddenly try to block Tommy's Limo in front of the stairs near Ammu-Nation.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Trash Truck - Michael, Trevor or Franklin have to steal a Trashmaster as a setup for a heist.
  • Blitz Play - The same Trashmaster from the mission Trash Truck is featured in the heist mission, used as the blockade vehicle.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Can be seen driving around near airports and docks throughout the state.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia

General

Manhunt2-Trashmaster-rear

The Trashmaster featured in Manhunt 2. Notice the same textures as of Grand Theft Auto III.

Manhunt2-Trashmaster-front

Front of the truck featured in Manhunt 2.

Grand Theft Auto III

  • In the Japanese version of GTA III, the Trashmaster is known as the Dustcart.
  • In the mission Blow Fish, the Trashmaster with a bomb installed is immune to flames and explosions, it might be immune to bullets as well. This can be collected by ditching it at the beach near Portland harbor

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • The GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition of the truck is unusual in that its door will not be closed when the player exits the truck on a flat surface; the player must disembark onto a surface more elevated than that where the truck is in order to close the door. This peculiarity is also seen on other vehicles with high driver compartments, such as the Dumper in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Trashmaster is usually scheduled to roam Liberty City picking up trash on Tuesdays & Fridays.
  • It is not possible to carry four people using the Trashmaster, even though it can be seen with two LSD workers on the back.
    • These workers are also immune to any crashes as long as they do not start leaving the truck.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The livery on both sides of the truck shows a cartoon, with the left livery saying "Little Pricks" and the right saying "Butt Lovers", further showing Rockstar's crude humor.

Bugs/Glitches

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Trashmaster's front turning lights will not light up. However, only the light reflection on the ground is visible. This is most likely a minor cosmetic glitch.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The right-side center fender flap is not present on the first level of detail model.
    • Both rear-most flaps are missing on the second level of detail model.
  • The side warning markers are missing on the second level of detail model.

Grand Theft Auto Online

The "heist" Trashmaster model suffers numerous quality control bugs, alongside the aforementioned bugs present on the standard GTA V model:

  • The "Keep Los Santos Awesome!" sign mounted on the front of the trash compacter has rust textures applied on its level of detail model, but not on its highest detail model.
  • The utility access door on the left side of the compacter is not present on the highest level of detail, despite the hinges and lock remaining. It appears on all other level of detail models.

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