Types Of Canopies

 

Utes are uniquely popular in Australia. Unlike other countries who use vans and pickup trucks as their primary working vehicles Australia has a love affair with our utes. There is good reason for this. Utes have long served the function of our main utility vehicle, they offer a great combination of being accessible and offering large amounts of storage for the smaller size. They give tradies a perfect combination of storage, security and function. For many ute owners it is a necessity to get a canopy installed. Canopies allow for a ute to have a weatherproofed storage space that is much larger than what comes with the stock standard tray. For those who are new to utes or haven’t done much research it can be tricky to know what is best for your circumstances and budget. We have put together this article to help get you up to scratch on what is available in the ute canopy market and what choices might be best for your circumstances.

 

Fibreglass Canopies

 

Fibreglass canopies are one of the most common types of canopies. You can get fibreglass canopies for almost any type of ute available in the market. Some will bolt directly onto a flat tray. But for the vast majority they will attach onto the top of the well body. These usually have a window on each side, and a door at the back that lifts up. Fiberglass can be a versatile material but it suffers from breakage and damage a lot easier than metal based materials. It cannot hold up to the same kind of stress or longevity as a steel or aluminium ute canopy. One common problem with fibreglass is that it cannot bear a lot of weight. This can be a big problem if you have plans to put weight on the roof, such as roof racks or mounted tents.  You can potentially get some internal bracing or frame to support extra weight, but it may be worth just getting a steadier canopy made from aluminium or steel.

 

Aluminium Canopies

 

Aluminium canopies have become perhaps the most popular of all canopies. This is due to the inherent strength and security of aluminium canopies. All of these benefits over fiberglass canopies can also come at very reasonable pricing. Another great reason to get an aluminium canopy is the unending modifications and accessories you can get to go along with it. From drawers and shelves to roof mounted tents and ladder racks. There is much more room to move and modify with an aluminium canopy than a fiberglass canopy. Because of this reason aluminium canopies are the go to for most tradies around the country.

 

Canvas Canopies

 

Another popular alternative to both aluminium and fiberglass canopies is fitting a canvas canopy. These canopies are obviously lighter and don’t share the structural integrity or security of the sturdier materials. These are easy to access, relatively cheap and you can be a bit more flexible with them. Canvas canopies don’t have the same amount of security or integrity when compared to metal options. They are not secure and they can be damaged when you are driving in rough conditions such as the bush.

 

Once you have figured out what style of canopy and material is going to work best for you there are three main considerations for every type of canopy that you should consider.

 

Size

 

Weight is your enemy when off-road. Do you really need an extra 200 litres of water and a triple battery set-up for the weekend getaway? It also goes the other way, make sure you are  getting the storage space you will need, either on the job or out Probably not. Do some research and make sure you are getting the right sized canopy for your ute.

 

Price

 

The price range of ute canopies is huge. From the super premium to the very cheap there is something for everyone in between. At MRT we are very proud to have combine quality craftsmanship with modest pricing. Our range of optional extras also lets every customer create the perfect canopy for their own needs.

 

Quality

 

The single most important factor in how much you will enjoy your canopy is the quality. If you get a cheap canopy that is the right size but lacks in quality you will be soon disappointed when it falls apart. Make sure to do your research and get a good quality product the first time around. At MRT we create tough canopies that are ready for all your adventures.

 

Conclusion

 

Whatever you need there is a canopy out there for you. Whether you need some lightweight that you can easily get on and off. Or if you need a rugged canopy to store expensive tools for your job. At MRT we make high quality affordable aluminium canopies, we have stores in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth and ship all around the country. Get in touch with our team online or in store so we can get you on the road with a brand new canopy.

 

Our Fitting kits are the perfect option for fitting your brand new toolbox to your ute. All kits include: 4 x Mounting Washers, 4 x Hex Recessed Bolts, 4 x 10mm Washers, 4 x 10mm Nylock Nuts.

We offer fitting services for all of our trays at our Yatala premises: 1 Computer Road, Yatala, QLD, 4220. We also offer the option of purchasing one of our kits which includes All mounting rails and bolts needed to fit the tray to your vehicle.

 

canopy

We have a large range of underbody toolboxes to suit every persons need, including our S range specifically designed for 4×4.

Our tail light protectors are the perfect option for keeping your taillights safe from damage.

Aluminium mesh protector – Fits to the front of tray above headboard and protects your vehicles Rear window from being damaged by accidental loading or movement of goods

Made from 76mm Aluminium tube, this rear rack mounts at the rear of the tray in recessed sockets making it removable when not needed.

Made from 22mm aluminium solid tube – these pegs install into the front and rear tubes to help tie off ladders etc

Galvanised steel body with dual aluminium lid, and aluminium faceplate. This drawer installs underneath your tray for extra storage.

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We have either a fixed or sliding window option for our driver side windows.
Passengers Side Windows

We have a range of different options available for front and back windows including: fixed and sliding options.

front rear

All of our canopies are built standard to 860mm high and we offer the option to upgrade to 1000mm.

Internal frame made with 40mm x 40mm x 2.5mm aluminium box section. We recommend this option if weight carried on the roof is a little more than just ladders, also ideal for those who like to camp in roof top tents as can safely support 300kg on roof when vehicle is stationary.

The canopy clamps are a quick release clamping system that are used to
secure the canopy to your tray without having to bolt through your tray.

Ladder racks are available on all our canopies, if carrying more than just ladders we recommend the internal support option to give a little more carrying capacity on the roof.

We are able to offer a flat Alloy finish on the canopies, this option is best if the canopy is to be powder coated or vinyl wrapped, please not that this finish does show every scratch, imperfection etc.

We have either a fixed or sliding window option for our passenger side windows.
Passengers Side Windows

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Our Fitting kits are the perfect option for fitting your brand new toolbox to your ute. All kits include: 2 x plates, 4 x Hex Recessed Bolts, 4 x 10mm Washers, 4 x 10mm Nylock Nuts.

Our Fitting kits are the perfect option for fitting your brand new toolbox to your ute. All kits include: 6 x Plates, 6 x Hex Recessed Bolts, 6 x 10mm Washers, 6 x 10mm Nylock Nuts.

Our keyless entry system includes:
• Control system (with 2 x remotes, 5m Power supply cable, in line fuse)
• 6 x T-Locks
*Does not include connection of power supply to vehicle
See full product here

Our keyless entry system includes: • Control system (with 2 x remotes, 5m Power supply cable, in line fuse) • 2 x T-Locks • Not compatible with 4×4 underbody toolboxes and drawers *Does not include connection of power supply to vehicle See full product here