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Storing Gear

The most basic storage on a ute is on the back of a metal tray. Many of these have sides, but a lot of them don’t. Either way, anything in the back of a ute must be tied down and secured unless you have a canopy fitted. This can be a real inconvenience, as it takes quite a lot of time to tie everything down. The other issue is the weather that can get into a utes storage space. If you don’t have a canopy, expect everything on the tray to get wet, and damaged by the sun.

On the other hand, you have less restrictions for space; if you want to take a motorbike or other large item on the back of the ute you don’t have to worry about height restrictions. This is why a lot of people don’t bother about fitting a canopy. There are a number of canopies available; fibreglass, steel, canvas and aluminum. Some are removable, and some are permanently bolted down. If you have the ute covered over, it becomes easier to set up the inside of the ute permanently.

Drawers are a common addition to utes, to ensure that the gear being stored can be organised properly. A lot of things can be mounted inside a canopy, including fridges and freezers, beds and anything else that makes your travel comfortable.

One thing to consider about ute storage is the type of tray. Some are wellbody, meaning that they are panel material, and considerably larger than normal flat, steel trays. I prefer the flat steel trays, because they allow more room underneath the vehicle to mount water containers, toolboxes, spare wheels and anything else you need to store.