Heavy Duty Truck (3.5e Equipment)
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Heavy Duty Truck
A common sight in modern settings, the heavy duty truck covers both semis and buses as a means of transporting a staggering amount of goods or people. They are a super heavy version of the automobile which trades efficiency and maneuverability for carrying capacity, and comes in two distinct flavors; the bus which is capable of carrying up to 50 medium creatures, or a two seater semi capable of attaching a removable trailer able to pull 3000 cubic feet of cargo space.
Operating a heavy duty truck is a DC 10 Ride check in most conditions, while poor weather and visibility can add +10 to the check. As the automobile is not sentient, the driver must use their move actions to operate the vehicle. Those inside the vehicle benefit from total cover (or partial cover if the windows are down). The doors can be locked, and can be equipped with good locks.
The vehicle has a move speed of 70 feet with clumsy maneuverability (the semi has poor maneuverability without its trailer). This functions like a flight maneuverability for the purposes of how quickly you can turn but limited to ground movement. Difficult terrain increases the Ride checks by +5. When going uphill, your speed decreases by 10 feet, while going downhill increases your speed by 10 feet. On smooth road-like surfaces, the overland speed (but not the tactical speed) of the heavy duty truck doubles, averaging about 80 mph at maximum. The heavy duty truck has a light load carrying capacity of 30,000 lbs, and heavy loads apply their penalty to Ride checks to control the vehicle.
Heavy duty trucks run on F.U.E.L.. The typical heavy duty truck can store 150 units of F.U.E.L., and spends one unit every 10 miles. In high tech settings 15 fusion cells can substitute for 6 months worth of fuel.
Typical heavy duty trucks have hardness 8 and 360 hp, and take up the space of a Gargantuan creature with AC 10 (-5 dex, +9 natural, -4 size), though it may move through spaces as if it were a Huge creature. Add the driver's Dexterity to AC when driven. When the heavy duty truck is reduced to 20% of its health, its movement speed is cut in half and it only provides partial cover.
Craft Technology DC 25; weight 25,000 lbs (bus), 35,000 lbs (semi) or 80,000 lbs (semi with trailer); Price 24,000 gp.