Berkley's RC Van

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Berkley's RC Van in GTA San Andreas.

Berkley's RC Van is a variant of the Pony van featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Description

Design

Even though Berkley's RC Van is based on the Pony, there are a few minor differences, such as a simplified taillight design and a gas cap door located further to the rear (whereas a Pony's is located directly behind the driver side's door). Supposedly belonging to Berkleys RC and bearing the Berkleys RC livery on the sides and back, the van may occasionally contain boxes of model cars in the back - the same boxes seen at Zero RC.

Berkley's RC Vans are prominently featured in "Beefy Baron", where they appear as targets to be destroyed.

Performance

A comparison of the back of the Pony (left) with the Berkley RC Van (right).

The van has a slightly higher top speed then most; according to the games files it is 80 miles per hour (134 kilometers per hour) and it has moderate acceleration. It can sustain quite a bit of damage due to its large size and it has pretty good stability when rounding corners. It actually has average handling in most scenarios.

Availability

The van is infamous for being very elusive as it can almost never be found outside the missions it appears in. In extremely rare cases, an RC Van will spawn in a random place, most often around the eastern end of Bone County. Additional RC Vans may continue to appear if the player commandeers an RC Vans.

Aside the aforementioned method, the only sure way to obtain one is through glitches:

  • One method is to force an RC Van to appear by activating "Beefy Baron" at Zero RC. Once the mission starts and you have control of the Baron press the change view button (PC default is V). Your view will change to a Berkley Van that has spawned high up above San Andreas with the player in the driver's seat (you can't control it until the mission ends). The van will fall for about 15 seconds before smashing onto the roof of Zero's RC shop. Now fail the mission, (either by keeping the baron still for a while and pressing the LMB (PC) to self destruct it, or by waiting for the timer to run out.) you will appear back in the shop. Quickly run outside and use the Jetpack cheat (or use your own if you have one nearby) and use it to fly up the the roof of the shop. The Berkley Van will be there waiting for you, if it is not, then try again. Now you can simply drive it off the roof of the shop and its all yours.
  • Another method is slightly simpler but you need to be quick. Start the mission and fly the Baron down onto the street right in front of the store. (As close as you can, preferably on the lane closest.) Wait for a Berkley van to pull up beside your plane. Do not get too close, other wise you will damage the van in the process of blowing up. Press LMB to self destruct. Once the camera reverts back to the inside of the store, run outside. The van should still be driving down the road. It's moving rather slowly, so it is a simple job of running after it and jacking it. Then you can save it to any nearby garage.

Trivia

  • The vehicle's ID, model, texture, and text entry names are Topfun. Only the text string has the name Berkleys RC Van.
  • The default radio station in the Berkley's RC Van is Playback FM.