Utility vehicles are among the most customisable vehicles on the road today. They can be altered quickly and safely to suit any tradesperson’s purpose. This versatility has made them the vehicle of choice for those with a trade worldwide.However, even if your ute has been built to deal with almost any situation your work may throw at you, there may be some customisations you may not have considered. Here are just a few of them.
1. Canopy BodyFitting a proper ute canopy to your vehicle offers an extra layer of protection for anything you’re carrying with you. Your tools, your parts and products, or even just your faithful dog along for the ride– whatever you’re transporting will be protected from both the elements and any potential theft or danger. Canopies are easy to open up when required and may even offer a greater amount of storage space than you had prior to installation. It’s a big job, though, so talk to an expert like XL when doing your research.
2. Roof RacksFor many tradespeople, roof racks are a necessity. For others, their benefits may not be as clear. Roof racks offer a huge amount of new storage space and will allow you to safely transport larger loads of a certain weight that just won’t fit in the tray. They’re also extremely easy to install and perfect for the DIY enthusiast looking for a quick weekend project. They’re also the most effective modification you can make on a budget.
3. ToolboxBuilt-in toolboxes create another layer of storage space in your ute and will give those tradespeople who are happiest when organised a place to put their hundreds of tools without them getting lost. Even if you’re the sort of tradie that doesn’t mind throwing all your tools in together, it must be conceded that more storage space on the road isn’t ever a bad thing.
4. Vice And MountThis addition may only apply to a rather specific subset of tradespeople, but you never know when you’re going to need a vice and somewhere convenient to mount it. A vice mount in the truck may ultimately come in very handy. A versatile customisation, it can not only be used as a clam but can be turned to myriad other purposes during the course of an average workday. While it may seem like a frivolous addition initially, you’ll soon wonder how you ever lived without it.
5. Trundle TrayIf you’re constantly moving large, heavy objects or smaller vehicles in and out of your ute tray then a trundle tray is an absolute must. With a trundle tray installed, anything that needs to go in the back can now be rolled in and out with ease. The tray itself is stored under a false floor in the main ute tray. To use it, you simply pull it out and lay it down stably on the ground to form a ramp. Pick it up and slide it back into the false floor to store it. Simplicity itself.
These are just a handful of additions to consider for your work vehicle; there are many others that could go on this list. Have you ever modified your work vehicle with additions like these? What did you choose? Share your stories in the comments below.