Making the Most of Your Australia Day Weekend with a Canopy or Service Body

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January 16, 2018
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Making the Most of Your Australia Day Weekend with a Canopy or Service Body

The Ute market is growing rapidly in Australia, as vehicles that can offer a combination of convenience and comfort continue to appeal to families, individuals, and business people alike. It’s no surprise that Utes are so popular when you consider their versatility, and their ability to consistently offer top-of-the-line performance in almost any environment.

The question is, if you want to get the most out of your weekend with your Ute, how can you ensure that you’re stocked up with all the right equipment and accessories to enjoy your time on the road? While having your vehicle assessed with a quick tune-up and maintenance check can be a great way to start, there’s one fantastic solution for people who want the perfect weekend warrior vehicle: invest in a canopy or service body.

For help deciding which route you should take for your off-road adventure, vacation, or bonding moment with the family, we’re going to offer some tips and insights on how to get the most of any weekend with a canopy or service body.

Knowing What You Need

Whether you’re new to the Ute world, or you’ve been a fan of utility vehicles for several years now, it’s worth noting that selecting the perfect accessory for your vehicle can be tough. Deciding between a canopy or service body is enough of a complication, and then you need to consider the fact that there are hundreds of different styles to choose from too!

One of the biggest mistakes that many new Ute owners make, is that they see something that looks good on another vehicle’s rig, and they decide that they want to do the exact same thing with their own 4×4. While there’s nothing wrong with looking for inspiration to help move you through your purchasing process, it’s worth noting that what works for one situation, won’t necessarily perform as well for another.

When you work with a professional Ute accessories company like CVS, you’ll often have to start by answering a few questions on how you plan to use your vehicle. After all, the decision of whether you’re going to be using your canopy and service body for business or recreational purposes can be essential when it comes to figuring out what level of protection you need.

Only when you know what you’re going to use your Ute for, how often, and where can you begin to design your perfect vehicle from scratch. Some of the questions you might ask yourself include:

  • Do you want to be able to continue using the tray?
  • Is your canopy or service body going to stay packed with weekend gear, or do you need to use it for business purposes too?
  • When you’re travelling with friends, family, or colleagues, what kind of terrain will you be spending most of your time in?
  • Do you need to dust-proof the canopy, or protect against water and other kinds of damage?
  • If you’re using your service body or canopy for company purposes, do you want it to be painted with your logo, or simply designed to match the rest of the vehicle?

One of the biggest issues you face is bound to be around the concept of weight. Ultimately, when you add a service body or canopy to your Ute, you’re effectively changing about half of your vehicle. If you don’t choose the right strategy and materials, then you could find yourself struggling with things like towing options, off-road capabilities, and even steering performance.

If your vehicle is already close to its GVM or required to tow a lot, too much extra weight could make your Ute virtually unusable. With that in mind, it’s important not to overlook your material decisions.

Installing the Right Materials with Your Canopy or Service Body

The only real way to control the amount of weight you’re adding to your Ute with a canopy and service body is to combine the right material, with the right style of fitout.

There’s a good chance that every Ute expert or mechanic you speak to in the market will be quick to tell you that the materials they use are the best of all, which is why it’s worth getting a good idea of what you really need before you pick up the phone or start typing up an email.

While the cheapest, and the most light-weight option is generally canvas that has been stretched over a steel frame, this isn’t much of a secure choice for those who are going to be putting their vehicle through the stress of off-roading or camping. On the other hand, steel canopies or service bodies can offer a lot more protection from the debris, dust, and water of the outside world, but they’re also much heavier too, which could mean that they have a detrimental effect on your performance.

Currently, the most popular option in the marketplace for both efficiency, and reliability, is the custom-built aluminium or fibreglass option. Each of these solutions is designed to be incredibly lightweight while holding up to various conditions too.

Ultimately, the choice you make will depend on what you need from your canopy or service body. Most people prefer to go for something that they know will last for a long period of time – particularly when they’re going to be using their Ute not just for recreational purposes, but also for business strategy too.

Remember that with many forms of fibreglass and aluminium canopy or service body, you will also be able to style, or design the accessory you’re using, so that it either matches the overall look of your Ute or advertises your company on your behalf. Some specialists like CVS will be able to place your logo or slogan onto your service body or canopy for you – so that even when you’re out making the most of the weekend, you can still be spreading awareness for your brand.

Accessing Additional Features

Finally, before you’ve finished building the perfect Ute for your weekend trips, you’ll need to make sure that you have included any “extra” features to the mix that might be essential for your needs or the requirements of your family. For instance, some drivers will want to have a service body that comes with a roof-rack and ladder, so that they can store extra equipment on top of their vehicle. On the other hand, you might want to fit the inside of your car out with additional LED lights, so you can find what you’re looking for even at night.

There are countless additional features that can be supplied for a Ute alongside a service body, canopy, or even a tub liner tray, so make sure that you think carefully about the things that you need before you agree to a project. Just make sure you don’t get too carried away, it’s tempting to continue adding more things to your Ute over time, but this can end up either weighing your vehicle down or even draining the battery eventually.

When you approach a company like CVS at the start of your search for a service body or canopy, our questions on how you plan to use your vehicle will hopefully help you to pinpoint any additional features you need. At the same time, we might be able to offer suggestions and tips on the kind of fitouts that might deliver additional value to your vehicle.

Creating the Perfect Weekend Ute

Designing the ideal Ute for all of your off-road and on-road adventures has never been simpler thanks to help from the experts here at CVS, and the countless solutions that can be delivered with the right service body or canopy fitout.

Remember, if the rest of this article has left you confused, the key things to keep in mind when you’re choosing the right accessory for Ute, is how much weight you’re willing to add to your vehicle, what kind of material you need to protect your valuables, and whether there are any additional features that might be important for you when you’re constructing the ideal driving machine.

If you have any questions regarding this article or choosing the right canopy or service body for your Australia day weekend please feel free to contact us at sales@arnh.com.au

 

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