What if Mudrunner borrowed from the Forestry Simulator games where you are given a Forester and has to manually cut down tree's yourself? You can then pick if you want to cut the logs short, medium, or long?
A friend mentioned that to me and while a neat idea I fear it might be to much of a undertaking, at that point you have to go through every map and make every single tree a interactive object, And then can Mudrunner physics handle that, I have noticed them get a little wonky time to time mostly when using the Skidder or K-700.
More realistically I'd like to see the dev's do away with Scavenge and just stick to Log Kiosks. The Ridge is actually a decent little map but the fact the game forces you to just haul whatever it feels like spawning in, I don't like that. I like to haul short longs (a carriage + crane on the truck and a short trailer being hauled behind to equal a 6 point load. With the AW trucks you can even up this to a 7 point load by hauling a medium trailer)
I agree as well that in hardcore mode you should have to manually load a trailer all the way to the top before you can pack it.
Casual mode can stay as is, having the auto-load Log Station or only having to load 4 logs then you can pack it. That's fine on casual, but hardcore should be hardcore.
For Mudrunner 2 they need to work on vehicle spawns as well. I have my game 100% complete so I often just join random online lobbies and try to help people, and sometimes the vehicle spawns are terrible and leave you completely unprepared for a map. Like I joined Mount Logmore earlier, by default I had a Bison and a Blazer which is normal. And in locked vehicles I had another Bison, a Skidder, and a F-150.
So you might be thinking "well what's wrong with this?" Well (1) the map was on hardcore, so no log station. And (2) the Bison doesn't have a crane. No K-700 spawns in AW maps either only a Skidder, which can't load trucks.
So basically the game spawned me into a map and gave me no way to load any logs unless somebody else loaded me up. This is not good, I don't mind if they spawn the Freightliner as a locked vehicle then you have to drive somewhere, get it, drive it back, put a crane on it, etc. Fine. But to spawn in nothing but Bison's?
Every map should provide you the basic tools you need to complete it. Yes you can have 1 or locked vehicles that's a random spawn that could give you anything, but every AW map should be guaranteed to at least spawn in 1 Friegtliner so you at least have a crane.
While more rare, I've had this same issue occur on one of the Russian maps as well in hardcore mode. I'd join a random game, be given the usual B-131 to start with, look on the map and all I'd have is my jeep and a locked B-131. No C-255 or C-375, no K-700 (which I'm pretty certain is supposed to spawn in every Russian), I'd just have my default B-131, my default jeep, a locked B-66 and a locked B-131. So in hardcore mode where there is no log station and you need a crane or tractor, what the hell am I to do with this setup? Again I'm stranded and just have to hope somebody else is willing to load me.
So this is dare I say a game breaking issue that needs to be looked at. Every map should spawn you the basic gear you are required to complete it.
So that's a few of my thoughts.