Australia has some of the most magnificent natural attractions in the world. The exceptional natural beauty of the country and the varied climates and landscapes which make up its continent-sized mass make it the ideal playground for those who want to enjoy the sheer exhilaration of exploration. For those who want to immerse themselves in the varied delights of Australia’s landscapes a 4×4 or ute can provide the perfect transportation solution.
However, to get the most out of that coastal driving experience drivers should evaluate some of the great accessories that have been specifically designed to cater not only to the needs of the amateur explorer but also to those who use their ute not only for leisure activities but also for day-to-day business functionality. Fortunately for these ute owners Australia has some of the most innovative designers of ute accessories in the world, like Norweld Australia.
There are two accessories that will make the crossover between working vehicle and leisure platform that much more simple and increase the functionality of the vehicle. These are canopies and ute trays.
Canopies are essential for those wishing to venture off the beaten track. They are perfect for keeping gear and supplies stored in the tray of the ute dry and safe from the elements. In addition, a high-quality canopy provides additional security, reducing the likelihood of opportunistic pilfering. Many modern ute canopies also have venting features that will increase the air pressure in the covered tub limiting the entry of fine dust, something that has plagued ute owners who spend much of their leisure time on dust or dirt roads. Those in search of the perfect ute canopy will be faced with the choice of which material is best – composite, steel or aluminium.
There has been a recent move towards aluminium as the ideal material for ute canopy manufacture. Aluminium has a variety of advantages over other materials. Unlike steel, it is corrosion resistant. This extends the life of the canopy, especially when the vehicle operates near coastal areas where the salt-laden sea air can quickly corrode canopies manufactured from steel.
Ute trays are also a must-have accessory, especially where the vehicle will serve as a workhorse and for leisure transportation. The sheer number of options as far as pull out trays and storage compartments that can be incorporated into the tray design increase the utility value of the tray and can make camping easier and less stressful. Again, the owner of the ute is faced with the decision of what material to choose for their ute tray. For vehicles that are used in construction or service industries where heavy equipment is transported steel trays have been an industry standard. However, times are changing. Although steel is tougher pound for pound than aluminium those pounds quickly add up. Aluminium is lighter and new designs mean that aluminium ute trays can stand the rough and tumble of even the toughest of outback conditions.
When all is said and done the choice of accessories will depend on the individual needs of the vehicle owner and their leisure choices. However, aluminium accessories are well worth evaluating, especially given the wide availability of custom designs. Plan your next Australian adventure today but don’t forget to accessorise.