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Rideable Air Balloon

by rebecah Posted 7th Jul 2008 at 10:01 PM - Updated 30th Jan 2010 at 8:43 PM by rebecah : photobucket items not working
68 Comments / replies (Who?) - 12 Feedback Posts, 7 Thanks Posts
This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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July 10, 2008 - A few people have found this not to work without Free Time. I have added a version without the code for the enthusiam, which was causing it not to work for you. If you do not have Free Time you need to download the NoEP version. I have tested this in Life Stories and it does work fine.

A few months ago Kate at asked me for a Hot Air Balloon that could would go up and down. I owe the whole idea for this creations to her. Please be sure to check her site for her "Vintage Hot Air Balloon" and about 1000 new uploads in honor of her sites 5th birthday.

My version works differently than Kate's, and is not nearly as beautiful. The animations took me weeks to get insync. I have found at times during the ride the sims will drop a little too low, but the actual animations are in sync so I think this may actually happen when there is a lag in my computer. If this bothers you please don't download. I get some complaints about my animations and frankly I'm a little tired of them. I do the best I can with the tools I have. Even if I were to charge for my creations, I don't feel I could get much better animations. Milkshape only has the capability of doing 1k animations, while EA creators use Maya that has 2k capabilities.

Entry and exit animations are my manually edit to the hot tub jumpin and out. Credit for the idea for the outgoing sims to get ill after riding, goes to Kate's husband.

I have found a fix recolors will stay after the end of a ride...finally!

This item is found under Hobbies/Miscellaneous for $2500. It does not depreciate.

Sims will gain enthusiam for Nature, fun and Logic skills while riding in the balloon.

Warning the ride is somewhat lengthly don't have your sims take a ride just before school or work. The landing portion does take a little time.

I include 3 recolors.

I have these set to be viewable from the neighborhood also.


Polygon Counts:
Very Low!
Face count 940

Additional Credits:
Thanks to everyone that help make these creations possible, creators of Simpe, Peter & Inge Jones, Echo great tutorials and Delphy for this site.

Special thanks to:
Kate at

Style: Not Applicable
Room: Outdoor
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date

Size: 115.1 KB · Downloads: 10,191 · 11th Jul 2008
115.1 KB 10,191 11th Jul 2008

Size: 114.8 KB · Downloads: 15,774 · 8th Jul 2008
114.8 KB 15,774 8th Jul 2008
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#51 Old 17th Jan 2010 at 4:04 AM
I put this in one of my Sims' houses and after my teen rode it, it froze the whole game. Thankfully I have fixed the problem, but I just wanted to let you know.

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."
- Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 25th Jan 2010 at 5:08 PM
This balloon is sooooo great and beautiful. But I have a little problem: Even though I installed all files to my game, only one colour shows up. I installed the "normal" files, because I have all EPs.
Test Subject
#53 Old 9th Mar 2010 at 10:01 AM
Rebecah Can u do me a BIG BIG Cool Request??? Can u make a rollacoaster that moves PLZ PLZ PLZ!!!! i mean itll be like doing this but a little diffrent Please!! if u caint thats ok ......THANKS !!!
Test Subject
#54 Old 24th Apr 2010 at 8:26 AM
aw cool these will be perfect for my rainbow family. I love it so much!!!
#55 Old 5th Jun 2010 at 11:51 AM
I've downloaded the noEP version, but it still doesn't work. I can't place the balloon
Test Subject
#56 Old 11th Jun 2010 at 7:12 AM
I love this but like vhanster it wont let me place it on my lot,any idea`s anyone,i really want this on my lots
Original Poster
#57 Old 15th Jun 2010 at 8:03 PM
This may require some expansions...I thought I'd tested it with the base game but I'm not sure.
Test Subject
#58 Old 29th Jun 2010 at 1:09 PM
This is absolutely amazing!!! I SOOO downloading it!! THANKS SO MUCH REBECCA U MAKE AWSOME CREATIONS!!
Test Subject
#59 Old 9th Nov 2010 at 6:21 PM
hey, my sims won't ride in it, it just comes with a error mssage.
I have fashion stuff, glamour life, ikea and pets if that helps.

well done, but i wish my sims could ride it :-(
Field Researcher
#60 Old 17th Feb 2011 at 10:02 PM
Genial work, thank you vm.
Test Subject
#61 Old 8th May 2011 at 1:51 AM
The very moment I click on the hot air balloon to put it on my lot, an error message appears. I can't put the object anywhere on the lot unless I use move_objects. Even then, I still can't use it...

Help please? I downloaded the NoEP version because I only have the base game...
Test Subject
#62 Old 15th Jun 2011 at 3:40 PM
can you amke this for sims 3
Test Subject
#63 Old 19th Aug 2011 at 8:24 PM
This is great! Thank you!!
Test Subject
#64 Old 11th Sep 2011 at 5:59 AM
This Is Great! You Should Use Your Modding Knowledge To Make a BIKE!!!!! For Children& Up. :3 or a skateboard. something like that
Test Subject
#65 Old 3rd Mar 2013 at 11:47 PM
Wow! Really, really good! I'm sooo getting this
Field Researcher
#66 Old 29th Oct 2013 at 3:23 PM
I can learn much from you, I can tell by your uploads. Thank you!
Test Subject
#67 Old 11th Oct 2014 at 7:06 PM
Omg I love this thank you so much!!
Top Secret Researcher
#68 Old 27th Oct 2014 at 5:48 PM
Awesome. Thank you.
#69 Old 9th Feb 2018 at 3:34 PM
Great idea! My sims will love it.
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