A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

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A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#1 Post by DiegoJama » 15 Oct 2020 15:32

So what is the best trailer to buy for the cargo market in Euro Truck Simulator 2? After reading through many posts/threads on the topic, I wasn't able to find a very clear answer. Thus, I decided to do a little research into it myself. Figured I should share my findings here for others to reference.

TL;DR included at the end.

For context, I'm posting this as a Lv54 player (all skills unlocked, and payout increases per level due to proficiency bonus),with all cities discovered (all DLC's except for Road to the Black Sea). The best freight market jobs (any trailer type) I can typically get are above 55 €/km, reaching up to 75 €/km if I get really lucky.

There are 5 trailer classes: FLB, CNT, STD, LOG, and FDT.

I just want to make more money! What should I get?
STD (curtainsiders, dry vans, insulated, and refrigerated/reefers) is without a shadow of a doubt the best class for making money.

Curtainsiders are a fantastic starting point for lower level players, with many cargo types that allow me to earn between 65 and 85 €/km. These were (highest paying options bolded):

Boric acid and performance forks - no skills required
Electronics, transmissions, diesel generators - high value cargo Lv1 required
Motorcycles , scooters , medical equipment , computer processors - high value and fragile cargo Lv1 required
Dynamite, ammunition, explosives, fireworks - fragile cargo Lv1 and ADR class 1 required
Upgrading to dry van is (probably unexpectedly) NOT recommended. The upgrade does not increase payout for any of these cargo types, and dry vans cannot ship the ADR class 1 materials.

Insulated trailers have a largely different set of cargo types; the only thing it can carry that was listed earlier is medical equipment, which still has the same payout with this trailer type. What gives insulated trailers a huge advantage over curtainsiders is medical vaccine cargo , which requires fragile cargo Lv1 and ADR class 6. Now this is where the money is; I'm able to earn between 75 and 95 €/km transporting vaccines (usually somewhere in the mid to upper 80s),and it's a very common cargo type too.

Upgrading to refrigerated is not necessary. Again, it does not increase job payout, doesn't introduce any new high paying cargo types, and is much more expensive.

But standard is too standard! Is anything else any good?
Well, if you really have to be different, a 3 axle FDT (food tank) can pay pretty well. Its only good cargo is milk ; which is the second highest paying cargo in the game...

...assuming you're in a country that will let you move 30t of it. Some countries have a 26t weight limit for these trailers. The countries a 30t limit are Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Sweden also seems to have a higher 32t limit available for jobs that stay within the country, but I've only seen this available for juice concentrate, and am not sure if this applies to milk as well. Luckily, when you take one of these 30t jobs, the country you will finish in will always have the same limit.

[If anyone with the Road to the Black Sea DLC can check Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey, please let me know if those countries have the higher weight limit as well.]

So just boxes and... milk? Isn't there anything a bit more interesting?
Okay, flatbeds aren't too bad for making money. They probably still average out a bit above freight cargo jobs, at least. And yeah, they definitely get a bit more interesting than boxes and milk.

There are 5 flatbed variants: wooden floor, steel floor, drop side, floor with container pins, and drop side with crane.

Wooden floor and steel floor are only different in name and looks; they carry the exact same weight. The issue with these is that they only have three high value cargo types: pressure tanks, train axles, and train undercarriages . I get paid anywhere between 53 and 70 €/km for these, usually in the mid 60s. Luckily these are incredibly common all across the map. All other compatible cargo types pay considerably lower.

Flatbeds with container pins are the best option in this group. Not only can it ship the 3 high value cargo types that wooden/steel floor trailers can; it also has access to many ADR class 2, 4, and 6 materials, many of which also require fragile cargo Lv1. A lot of these pay on par with the high value cargo, maybe even a tiny bit more. ADR class 1 also allows you to play makeshift fuel tanker for half-decent pay, if so tickles your fancy.

The two drop side variants are incredibly limited. They have very few cargo types, and rarely pay any more than 50 €/km. The crane variant actually pays less , due to it being able to carry less cargo. Pretty ridiculous given its price.

What about the other two trailer types?
LOG - Don't bother. Has 5 cargo types, 4 of which are shared with wooden/steel floor flatbeds. Only unique one is, unsurprisingly, logs. Doesn't pay jack diddly compared to any other trailer type.

CNT - Again, don't bother. Flatbeds with container pins can do all the same cargo types for higher payout.

And the other upgrades?
Articulated trailers (Double, B Double) - You can only get jobs for these in Germany, Netherlands, and the Scandinavian countries. A bigger issue with these is that they don't guarantee larger shipments, and for some cargo types even result in smaller shipments. If you're fine with this and just want a challenge, then go for it.

HCT trailers - Jobs are completely limited to within Finland. They can carry more cargo than Double and B Double, so the €/km is definitely higher, but I imagine being limited to one country will get old pretty quickly.

More axles - Increased axles only increases job payout for a few cargo types that are low-paying to begin with. If you want steering axles on your trailer, then go for it.

Tires - Better tires don't affect what jobs you can take, but of course, it doesn't hurt to have them.

TL;DR
BEST TRAILERS

For newbies - Basic single curtainsider

If you wanna make hella money moving vaccines all day every day - Basic single insulated

If you're a milk chugging freak - 3-axle food tank

If you're not boring - Single flatbed with container pins



Hopefully some people can find this information useful. :D

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Re: A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#2 Post by Thorium Flakk Inc. » 15 Nov 2020 22:36

Interesting guide, thanks. I came right now here looking for exactly this because the alternative was buy them all and test myself, so I wanted to see what others are saying first.

Here's the thing. I'm at level 28 right now. All skills except ADR and ECO maxed, and I have explosives on ADR, and first two slots on ECO. No DLCs yet. I'll be getting France and Italy next tho.

Past few (real) days I've been driving around with a low bed. Pricing was between 40€ and 65€ /km and I could easily score better than 55€/km one job after another. Hauling around those Yachts paid best but that got boring fast. Then I got sick of it and got myself a curtainsider. For two in-game days now I can't find a job that pays better than 44€/km. So if you ask me, this is a bit disappointing and I'm thinking of selling it off and getting a low loader now for a change, see how it compares to the lowbed.

For lower levels and starting up with an owned trailer, I agree, the flatbed hauling around pressure tanks pays out best.

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Re: A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#3 Post by Thorium Flakk Inc. » 15 Nov 2020 23:01

Oooh, you know what, I must correct myself... It's a dry freighter I got, not a curtainsider. Which is weird, why would it have different cargo from curtainsider (insulated and refrigerated is understandable, but this?). So anyway, I didn't have medical eq, explosives or fireworks among cargo, which pays out best for that type. Still those Yachts (with lowbeds) pay out best.

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Re: A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#4 Post by Steve Pitts » 18 Nov 2020 07:57

At least in the vanilla game the only difference between the curtainsider and a dryvan is that the former can take Ammunition, Dynamite, Explosives and Fireworks. There are no cargoes that you can take with a dryvan that you cannot take with a curtainsider.
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Re: A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#5 Post by plykkegaard » 18 Nov 2020 08:05

My garages / employees takes care of the income, what is the most fun trailer to have?
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Re: A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#6 Post by Thorium Flakk Inc. » 18 Nov 2020 11:33

Steve Pitts wrote:
18 Nov 2020 07:57
At least in the vanilla game the only difference between the curtainsider and a dryvan is that the former can take Ammunition, Dynamite, Explosives and Fireworks. There are no cargoes that you can take with a dryvan that you cannot take with a curtainsider.
Yeah, noticed that. Pretty weird and useless IMHO then.
plykkegaard wrote:
18 Nov 2020 08:05
My garages / employees takes care of the income, what is the most fun trailer to have?
Try taking an extended lowbed or loader into Trameri to pick up some forklifts :) that said, I was expecting the ability to have more .... exotic cargo for those. It's just same old forklifts, boats and a few loaders/backhoes/excavators. I think I'll need to fetch the Heavy and Special cargo DLCs...

And while on the subject of that .... do trailers for your drivers make any significant difference in income they generate? I would assume they get better paid, esp. since they'll just grab a trailer whenever possible.

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Re: A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#7 Post by plykkegaard » 18 Nov 2020 11:38

Thorium Flakk Inc. wrote:
18 Nov 2020 11:33
.... do trailers for your drivers make any significant difference in income they generate?
Sorry I really do not know, I have noticed trailers in the garage are in use when I want to do a switch
I can check the drivers log if it is possible to see
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Re: A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#8 Post by Some newbie driver » 18 Nov 2020 13:40

If I had to bet, trailers for drivers will REDUCE slightly the overall income even if they are payed more per travel.

Why? Because AI drivers must always search for a returning trip to base. When they have only a truck, any random generated job is enough and, even so, isn't strange to see they had returned in empty.

But if they pull an specific trailer, then the search for a return job is more limited because it has to match destination AND trailer. So, the probabilities the driver didn't found a job to return should had to be higher (specially if they pick some trailer with limited amount of possible cargoes)

But anyways, unless you modify the base economy of the game, when it arrives the point you start to have a few drivers and are able to purchase trailers, money is a constant flow of positive income and you need not to worry about those details.

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Re: A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#9 Post by plykkegaard » 18 Nov 2020 13:53

With + $500 mill in the bank it is not a concern as long as I have a positive weekly net income
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Re: A trailer ownable guide to ETS 2

#10 Post by Thorium Flakk Inc. » 18 Nov 2020 14:43

Some newbie driver wrote:
18 Nov 2020 13:40
If I had to bet, trailers for drivers will REDUCE slightly the overall income even if they are payed more per travel.
That actually makes sense in theory. But is it so in game mechanics. Nothing short of an "official statement", factual knowledge by someone in the loop, or a thorough statistical analysis (ain't nobody got time for dat!) will answer that tho :)

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