The Two BIG Decisions You Must Make Before Buying RC Nitro Trucks and RC Electric Trucks

So, you have your heart set on an rc truck, huh? But are rc nitro trucks really the way to go?

Or, are rc electric trucks a better match with your interest in this hobby? That's the first decision you'll have to make. The second decision is whether to go with a build-it-yourself rc truck kit or a Ready to Run (RTR) truck that requires no assembly? Here's what you need to know to find your perfect machine:


RC Electric Trucks

  • Use battery packs and electric motors for power.
  • Are quieter and easier to use than rc nitro trucks, but don’t quite have the power or speed to match.
  • Can reach speeds of 10 to 25 mph.
  • Have to be recharged about every 10 to 15 minutes. This can vary based on the size of the truck. It can also take 15 to 30 minutes to recharge the battery packs, so you should consider buying extras.
  • Recommended for beginners who may be trying to get an initial feel for this hobby. But this is only a suggestion. Like many others, you may decide to dive in all the way and go with an rc nitro truck.

RC Nitro Trucks
  • Run on specially formulated nitro fuel. It's not as combustible as gasoline, but it's still quite flammable. And you'll also smell the exhaust vapors produced by these powerful machines.
  • Rc nitro trucks can run about 15 minutes on a full tank of fuel. But as long as you keep the nitro gas coming, rc nitro trucks can run virtually forever.
  • Can reach speeds between 20 to 40 mph.
  • RC nitro trucks require a bit more tuning and maintenance than rc electric trucks.
  • Are recommended for serious or experienced hobbyists.


If you're new to this hobby or aren't sure how much time you want to devote to it, I strongly recommend that you go with a Ready to Run rc truck.

You can pull that baby right out the box and be enjoying the thrills in no time at all. On the other hand, if you want the satisfaction of knowing your rc truck down to it's last detail, then a kit is a great choice. But be prepared to spend at least a half a day or longer assembling it. The most serious rc truck hobbyist generally choose to build their own vehicles.

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