We all buy utes for one reason: the ability to carry large goods at the back. Whether recreational or occupational, these vehicles really come in handy. Unfortunately, the majority of them come equipped with a plain tub unless you go for the factory tray option.
As a result, not only may your load be vulnerable to the elements but it also wouldn’t be safe against theft. What’s next? A cover, of course, but how do you decide among all the possibilities? We recommend a canopy, hands down, especially for sensitive, heavy loads and regular use. Why?
This post will walk you through the different types of ute covers and the reason why canopies give the best value for money.
Let’s Start With The Basics:
So, you need to have a cover that protects against the elements and theft. The first thing to consider is the use of your ute. What items do you carry? What degree of security do you need and how often do you use your car?
Next, look at the installation process, general outlook, ease of maintenance, and cleaning. Lastly, keep in mind that the weight of your covering may affect your suspension, brakes, and steering if it’s too heavy or packed incorrectly.
Popular options are as follows:
- Flat tray
- Vinyl tonneau cover (factory/aftermarket)
- Tray with sides/factory tub
- Sports-style hard lids
- Roll-top lockable cover
Why Choose A Canopy?
A canopy is a structure that is mounted on the tub and has walls, roofing, and access points like windows and doors. It is the perfect choice for ute owners who want to carry their work gear by the week and go camping over the weekend. Here are the reasons why it’s ideal:
- Spacious: generous headroom
- Easy to organize large and small goods
- Safe and secure
- Mobile workspace
- Can be used as a living space with items such as a bed
Choosing a Canopy: 3 Popular Options
1. Fiberglass/Steel/ABS Canopies
These are large fiberglass or ABS canopies that are secured to the top of a tub using a bracket or clamping mechanism. They have windows, roof racks, and an uplifted rear door. They have many advantages e.g. they provide better water and dust protection compared to covers, have greater storage height, and can be color-coded to match the color of the car.
When secured with a lock mechanism, they give good security. The canopy typically permits an increase in weight of 70–150 kg. When it comes to that cons, they may make it harder to see out the back of the pickup and restrict the ute’s ability to haul tall objects and others like sand and dust. They are also rather heavy.
2. Aluminium Canopies
Basically what you see on the rear of every serious four-wheel-drive car on TV. When it comes to ute camping and traveling, these are the best. They can be customized to no end and are frequently built on personal specifications.
They are also durable but lightweight and are better at keeping out dust and water. Moreover, they’re highly fashionable. On the other hand, they are costly, challenging to remove, and decrease rear visibility.
3. Service Bodies
These are far more extensive than regular canopies. They are typically made from steel and are quite large with several, even gull-wing doors, shelves, and other accessories. They can be uniquely tailored to hold a tradesperson’s tools and help them provide a service.
They have a strong, sturdy build, and if purchased second-hand, they can be inexpensive. However, they are quite heavy and more geared toward work than play, which may make them unsuitable for other forms of recreation.
Let MFI Customize Your Canopy for You.
In Australia, we are the market pioneers for ute canopies. We have been involved in the design, production, and installation of strong, fashionable, useful, and long-lasting canopies and service bodies for more than 15 years.
Let us make your life on the road simpler and safer. Contact us at 1300 634 669 or please fill out our inquiry form.