The interest in RC toys have been growing steadily these past few years. It isn’t really surprising given how much fun they are to play with. RC trucks are a particular favorite pick among RC types, they’re fast, exciting, highly customizable and available in several price ranges.
Here's a video of a RC truck competition, so many enthusiasts gathered to compete and showcase their vehicles:
Considerations in Buying
It’s very exciting getting your very own RC Truck but quite a difficult decision if you don’t really know what to look for. There are several types out in the market with a lot of different features, and for someone new to the hobby, this can be overwhelming.
We’ve made a handy guide to make it easier finding the right fit for you, check out our guide below. Now if you’re someone who definitely like trucks but more of an outdoor explorer – dirt, rocks, mud and any rough terrain, RC rock crawlers might just be for you.
We have also reviewed some of the best RC trucks that we recommend for beginners and veterans alike. There are several types you can choose from: off-road trucks, monster trucks as well as nitro powered and electric types. We’re quite sure that there is a model best suited to your style.
Redcat Racing Volcano EPX
Traxxas 36054 Stampede
Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3 4WD
Redcat Racing Blackout
Traxxas Slash 2WD
Exceed Brushless Pro
Custom-Builit or RTR Units
Once you’ve decided on what powers your RC Truck, you’ll have to select if you want an RTR (Ready-to-Ride) unit or you want to customize your own. RTR units come pre-assembled out of the box and are great for you guys who want to jump into the hobby. Units built from the ground takes up time, but definitely gives you a better feel of how your vehicle works.
Gas/Nitro vs Electric Type
This is probably the first thing to look for in getting your RC truck, you should determine if you want one that is gas powered or an electric powered unit.
Gas/Nitro powered models are more powerful, they produce more speed but generally require more maintenance and tuning.
Electric type RC trucks on the other hand, may not be quite as fast, but they are low maintenance and ideal starter units for beginners. Don’t be mistaken though, just a little upgrade in parts and accessories and they can match nitro models in speed.
Commitment to your Car
Now we don’t want to ruin any of your relationships, but for some units, especially gas powered ones, need more love and attention in order to flourish.
Gas/Nitro RC trucks generally require more maintenance compared to its counterpart electronic models. You will need considerable effort and time to get these models to perform at an optimum level. They require regular tune-ups, fuelling and general maintenance. Although known for being a more powerful alternative to electric units, these models may require considerable spending as well for parts and upgrades to perform well consistently.
Electric cars on the other hand, can attain comparable performance through simple upgrades on parts and accessories. An important thing as well is the battery packs for electric RC trucks, we always recommend buying spares for continued play time fun. This is simply because most stock batteries that come with the unit tend to have weak battery life and need a lot of charging time. We also recommend that you thoroughly understand the instructions that come with your unit to get most out of it.
It’s best to determine on which terrain you would be driving your RC truck. If you’re more of a racer, then we recommend going for an on-road vehicle. It’s lightweight and designed for maximum speed performance. If you’re more of an outdoor person, an off-road unit might be more suitable for you. Now if you like rough terrain, then we recommend checking out RC rock crawlers instead.
You wouldn’t have to worry about electric type models since they run on batteries, they just need constant charging and spares for continued riding.
However, nitro models are powered by a specially formulated fuel and depending on the engine type, it could be unavailable in your area. You will need to take this in consideration especially when you plan on going for a gas powered unit
We recommend going through the unit’s specifications closely to determine the fuel type you need. Once you’ve figured it out, check your neighbourhood if the specific fuel is easily available and how costly it would be for you. It’s really not a good idea to shell out money for a unit that you won’t be able to fully utilize because of fuel unavailability or it’s simply too expensive.