Create The Ultimate Tub Canopy Setup For Camping
Posted on 28 August 2023 by
Full-tray canopies used to be seen as the “go-to” setup for weekend adventures...
However, a decent full-tray canopy setup is costly and it can be an overkill if your ute is also being used for work or family admin.
If you want something better than a fibreglass canopy, but don't want to go for a full tray canopy setup then a metal tub canopy is the ultimate in-between.
To help you build your dream tub canopy setup, check out these inspirational accessories below:
The Ultimate Tub Canopy
The Utemaster Centurion Canopy offers unparalleled access, strength, and security, making it the ultimate camping ute canopy.
Constructed from aluminium, the Utemaster Centurion Canopy boasts greater strength than any fibreglass canopy. It has an impressive dynamic load rating of 200kg and a static load rating of 600kg.
With these load ratings, you can safely transport your rooftop tent on top of the Centurion Canopy.
Because it is so strong, we can maximise access through full-width doors without compromising on the structural integrity of the canopy, which makes it a breeze when setting up camp and unloading your gear from the tub.
Roof Racks / Platforms
All utes are designed to flex in between the tub and the cab. This can be problematic for roof racks that are mounted to both the cab and the canopy because it can cause damage while the flex occurs.
The Cantilever Roof Rack is an optional heavy-duty rack that extends over the cab of your Ute without requiring any direct mounting points to the cab.
The Cantilever Roof Rack has a dynamic load rating of 200kgs and a static load rating of 600kgs. The dynamic load rating refers to the amount of load you can safely carry at open road speeds, whereas static load rating refers to the amount of weight you can put on the rack when the Ute is parked (For example, a Roof Top Tent with people inside).
Recovery tracks are a staple accessory for any off-road camping mission.
When you get into a sticky situation you need to access them straight away, which is why mounting them to the exterior of the vehicle is important.
After they have been used, they will be covered in mud/sand so you won't want to put them back inside your vehicle.
The flat surface of the Centurion Canopy side doors makes it the ideal mounting spot - This means you'll be out of trouble in no time!
If you are looking to keep your tub area open for flexibility when carrying large loads a Tub Mat is a great option to protect your tub.
Without a rubber mat in your ute tub, gear can easily slide around while you're driving.
The 7mm thick Utemaster Rubber Tub Mat is a non-slip rubber mat that provides a superior grip, protecting your equipment from moving during transport.
This will help to keep your camping gear organised in the tub and it will be easy to wash down after your adventure.
Roof Top Tents
Roof Top Tents have grown in popularity over the past few years and it's easy to see why.
They're easy to set up and keep you high off the ground for maximum comfort.
When you get stuck on a 4WD track, the first thing you're going to do is hop out of the vehicle.
Once you've worked out a recovery strategy, you'll often hop back in the driver's seat and bring the mud in with you!
A set of high-quality seat covers will help make your clean-up fast and hassle-free.
Portable Fridge Freezers
If you want to be the life of the party on your next camping trip, a portable fridge/freezer will keep the beers coming cold...
One customer recently said "I went camping on Fraser in summer for 7 days straight mate and my fridge was faultless. Not a warm beer in sight"
The storage area inside a tub with a canopy is so large, you can pretty much fit any size fridge with a slide in there.
Check out the video for inspiration.
Find out more about the Centurion Canopy: