Peterbilt 389 by Viper2

I guess this could be classified as a mod review.  But then again I’ve already reviewed this mod some time ago.  While there are many outstanding mods available for both ATS and ETS2, it is my opinion that the Peterbilt 389 by Viper2 is the VERY BEST!  Just to be clear, I’m not saying his Peterbilt 389 is the best truck mod.  I’m actually saying this Peterbilt 389 is the BEST MOD PERIOD!  At least it is my favorite.

I spent a long, long time playing ATS on the multiplayer servers where mods like this are not allowed.  I really…really….I mean I really missed playing ATS with mods.  As with other simulation based games I enjoy, the mods really make the experience.

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The Peterbilt 389 by Viper2 not only looks fantastic…it performs very well.

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Why haul for Walbert when you can haul for Snap-On Tools?

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The sun may be setting on this game day, but the Peterbilt 389 by Viper2 will see many sunrises and sunsets.

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If you are a fan of American Truck Simulator and you have not tried this Peterbilt 389 by Viper2, what are you waiting for?  You’ll find it in the Steam Workshop.

Enjoy!

Happy Trucking!!!

Jerry

ATS Mod Review–Freightliner Classic

Since the release of American Truck Sim, I’ve been driving the default or in-game trucks.  Like many others, I’ve added sound mods to get a better and more true-to-life sound from these trucks.  It was quite disappointing the first day I played ATS to sound the horn on my brand new Peterbilt and it sounds like beep-beep instead of the HONK-HONK that it should have.  I still tend to switch between my Peterbilt 579 and the Kenworth W900.  However, I was out looking at a few of the mod websites and I saw this Freightliner Classic which had been re-worked and had pretty positive feedback in the comment section.  So I decided to try it out.

Like the Kenworth W900, it has that classic truck look.  The pictures below show the base truck as it comes from the dealership (it can be purchased from any Kenworth dealership).  I upgraded the engine and transmission to better suit my needs (more power).

The interior is nice and clean.  It features an on-dash SatNav and digital gear indicator just below.

I hauled a load of pipe from Los Angeles, CA to Ely, NV and she handled well.

What is the Featured Mod and what does it do?

This mod is the Freightliner Classic Truck mod for American Truck Simulator.  The mod adds this truck to your list of purchasable trucks and can be found at any Kenworth dealership.

 

How can I get this mod?

The Freightliner Classic Truck mod mod for American Truck Simulator is available here.

 

How do I install this mod?

Please see my blog post “How to Install Mods in American Truck Simulator” for complete instructions.

Until next time…

Happy Trucking!!!

J

ATS Mod Review–AI Traffic Pack by Jazzycat

This weeks ATS Mod Review features the wonderful AI Traffic Pack by JazzyCat.  If you want to “jazz” up your AI traffic with all sorts of new real world vehicle types like Ford F150, Jeep Wrangler, Chevy Tahoe, Volkswagen Beetle and even Harley Davidson Motorcycles…then this traffic pack is what you need.   The images below are property of Jazzycat and obtained from the mod.  I included them in this blog article to provide you a better view of what is available from the mod.

 

 

 

What is the Featured Mod and what does it do?

This mod is the AI Traffic Pack by Jazzycat mod for American Truck Simulator.  The mod adds real world AI cars, pickups, SUV’s and even motorcycles to your in-game traffic.

How can I get this mod?

The Freightliner Classic Truck mod mod for American Truck Simulator is available here.

How do I install this mod?

Please see my blog post “How to Install Mods in American Truck Simulator” for complete instructions.

Until next time…

Happy Trucking!!!

J

ATS Mod Review–Better AI Truck Traffic

Would you like to see other types of AI truck traffic in American Truck Simulator than the Kenworth/Peterbilt offered in game?  This mod will introduce many different types of trucks to the AI fleet and provide much variety including cab-over and conventional.

 

What is the Featured Mod and what does it do?

This mod is the Truck Traffic Pack by Jazzycat.  This mod will introduce many different types of trucks to the AI fleet and provide much variety including cab-over and conventional.

How can I get this mod?

The Truck Traffic Pack by Jazzycat mod for American Truck Simulator is available here.

How do I install this mod?

Please see my blog post “How to Install Mods in American Truck Simulator” for complete instructions.

Until next time…

Happy Trucking!!!

J

ATS Mod Review–Foggy Weather

In a similar theme to last weeks mod review, this cool mod brings about some excellent weather effects such as fog and dust storms in the desert.

What is the Featured Mod and what does it do?

This mod is the Foggy Weather 1.6.3 update.  It produces fog/smog effects along the west coast, sand storm effects in the desert and cloudy/light rainy weather near west coast and desert areas.

How can I get this mod?

The Default Weather Update mod for American Truck Simulator is available here.

How do I install this mod?

Please see my blog post “How to Install Mods in American Truck Simulator” for complete instructions.

Until next time…

Happy Trucking!!!

J

ATS Mod Review–Default Weather Update

Looking to get a little better weather in American Truck Simulator?  This mod may be what you are looking for.

What is the Featured Mod and what does it do?

This mod is the Default Weather Update.  It produces brighter sunrise and sunset and a much darker night.  It updates the color and reduces the yellow tint.

How can I get this mod?

The Default Weather Update mod for American Truck Simulator is available here.

How do I install this mod?

Please see my blog post “How to Install Mods in American Truck Simulator” for complete instructions.

Until next time…

Happy Trucking!!!

J

ATS Mod Review–Real Brands Billboards

Hmmmm, Pizza!!!  Similar to the review I posted last week for the real world branded gas stations, this mod will re-brand the in-game billboards with real brands such as Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola, Napa Auto Parts and even McDonalds.

 

What is the Featured Mod and what does it do?

This mod is the Real Brands Billboards mod for American Truck Simulator.  It simply re-brands the in-game generic billboards with real world American brands of Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola and more.

How can I get this mod?

The Real Brands Billboards mod for American Truck Simulator is available here.

How do I install this mod?

Please see my blog post “How to Install Mods in American Truck Simulator” for complete instructions.

Until next time…

Happy Trucking!!!

J

Coast-to-Coast in ATS

No, it’s not April Fools and No, I’ve not lost my mind.  It is now possible to drive from the west coast of the USA (California) all the way to the east coast in American Truck Simulator with the help of a new map mod released last week.  You may remember, last week I introduced you to a mod developer named Mantrid and his Speed Limit Fixes (and more) mod.  Among other things, this mod corrects two really big issues (my opinion) with the default ATS map.  It adds a traffic light intersection at highways 6/95 in Tonopah and removes the traffic lights on I-80 in Reno.

Well, Mantrid also created a coast-to-coast map mod which allows ATS truckers the ability to drive from the west coast all the way to the east coast of the USA.  You can download this map mod directly from the SCS Software forums.  Now before I proceed, allow me to get some finer points out of the way.  First, this map mod is a Work In Progress (WIP).  Mantrid’s initial interest in creating the coast-to-coast map was simply to be able to drive from one side of the USA to the other.  So as the map stands today, it is pretty basic.  So basic that he only included a handful of cities along the way with just one primary highway route.  The cities along the route are Phoenix, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.  The highway route is basically I-40 all the way to OKC, then I-44 up to St. Louis, then I-70 to Pittsburgh, then I-76 etc.  See map images below.

 

Again, I say this map mod is a work in progress.  The other point I want to make, is much of the terrain areas don’t necessarily match up with the real world.  Yes, you’ll probably notice palm trees in New York City.  There are also a few mileage signs which appear to be in the wrong locations.  An example is just out of Boston I saw a mileage sign for Bakersfield or Fresno.  Anyway…just remember, this map mod is a WIP.

This blog post will be both a Trucker’s Logbook and Mod Review all rolled into one.  If you are interested in downloading this new Coast-to-Coast map mod, visit the SCS Forums via this direct link.  Also, as this is a WIP, make sure you check that thread for updates to the map.  Oh…before I forget.  You don’t need a massive amount of Long Distance skills to pickup jobs with the coast-to-coast expansion.  All you need is one skill of Long Distance and the jobs should appear.

It’s just after 9:30 AM on Wednesday, and we are looking at picking up a job hauling for Walmart from LA to Pittsburgh.  The load is 27,500 pounds of clothing.  The expected delivery time is Sunday between the hours of 6:03 PM and 7:33 PM.  The pay out isn’t the best in the world at only $22.44 per mile.  The trip distance is 2,501 miles and our GPS is telling us that is a little over 65 hours of driving.  A perfect delivery should earn us just over $56K.  Let’s do it!

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For this coast-to-coast run, we will be driving our Kenworth W900.  I purchased it last week for one of my new drivers and at the time of purchase I tricked it out nicely.  In the image below, we have just picked up our trailer and have 2,501 miles to go.  We have approx. 300 gallons of diesel, plenty of coffee and snacks and a bladder the size of a camel.

While the amount of cities are few on this massive map expansion, the fuel and rest stops are plentiful.  At least they are when you have the luxury of 300 gallon diesel capacity.  I was able to drive from LA to Albuquerque on the first day.  Unfortunately, the only state line sign I noticed was crossing into New Mexico (see below).

After a hot shower and wonderful New Mexico Truck Stop breakfast, we are ready to hit the road once again.

The weather on our second day of driving (Thursday), remained mostly cloudy but no rain.

Another full day of driving, we pull into another truck stop along the way.  This one is somewhere between OKC and St. Louis.

Our third day (Friday) finds us hammering down I-70 as the sun rises in the distance.  We are well ahead of schedule and should complete our delivery on Saturday morning.

We spend our third night in another truck stop along I-70 just near Columbus.  This will set us up to make the delivery with over 24 hours to spare.

What’s this?  A California Ambulance all the way out here in Pennsylvania?

Our on-time delivery of clothing items from California to Pittsburgh is appreciated

This job bumps us up to level 25.

I applied my new skill point to the “Fragile Cargo” category.  The next earn point will go in “Just In Time Delivery” to level it out.

But of course, LA to Pittsburgh is not USA Coast-to-Coast.  So while in Pittsburgh, we found a job hauling Lay’s Potato Chips to Boston.

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Another on-time delivery from GrizzlyBear Trucking.

While I discovered a garage in Boston for purchase, I decided against buying it at this time.  I’m not 100% sure how owning a garage on this un-finished map will work.  I’m sure there will be upgrades to the map, so for now I’m just going to pickup a load of seeds and head all the way back to LA.  This job pays over 100K.  See you back in LA.

Until next time…

Happy Trucking!!!

J

ATS Mod Review–Real Gas Stations

Would you like to see more “real world” branding in the American Truck Simulator game?  Of course there is a valid reason why SCS couldn’t include real world gas stations in the ATS game.  It all comes down to licensing and brand issues.  However, mod developers can most certainly release mods which re-brand these gas stations and this one offers you stations branded as Chevron, Gulf, Texaco and BP.

What is the Featured Mod and what does it do?

This mod is the Real Gas Stations v1.0 mod for American Truck Simulator.  It simply re-brands the in-game generic gas stations with real world American gas station brands of Chevron, Gulf, Texaco and BP.

How can I get this mod?

The Real Gas Stations v1.0 mod for American Truck Simulator is available here.

How do I install this mod?

Please see my blog post “How to Install Mods in American Truck Simulator” for complete instructions.

Until next time…

Happy Trucking!!!

J

ATS Mod Review–Paccar Sound

If you are new to ATS or American Truck Simulator, you might also be new to mods.  What are mods?  Mods are modification files which enhance the base or core game application (in this case American Truck Simulator).  I recently wrote a blog post on exactly how to install mods in American Truck Simulator.

In the “How to Install Mods in American Truck Simulator” blog post I actually mentioned the exact mod I’m featuring here today.  Keep in mind that ATS is just over one week old, but of all the mods I’ve found available for ATS, this one is a must have.

What is the Featured Mod?

This mod is the Paccar Sound Mod for the default Kenworth 680 and Peterbilt 579 trucks which are featured in the ATS game.  While these trucks look amazing, the sound is rather weak sauce.  Oh…and the horn…beep beep!  Ugh…

What does this mod do?

Basically it changes the engine sound on both the Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks available in the game to a more real life sounding diesel engine.  It is night and day difference.  I highly recommend this mod!

What else does this mod do?

It turns the little “beep beep” sounding horn which is default in the Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks into a very nice low air horn.  Trust me, you won’t be embarrassed to “lay on the horn” now.

How can I get this mod?

The Paccar Sound Mod for the Kenworth 680 and Peterbilt 579 trucks is available here.

How do I install this mod?

Please see my blog post “How to Install Mods in American Truck Simulator” for complete instructions.

Again, if you only install one mod…this is the one you want to install.

Until next time…

Happy Trucking!!!

J

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