A car canopy is the
most important thing for any touring/expedition 4WD, regular camper and tradesman.
They are constructed from either fiberglass or steel.
Most fiberglass canopy brands are rated to take about 50-100kg on top if adding
a roof rack. Steel/metal ones can handle above 100 kg depending on which brand
Adding a fibreglass or steel car canopy to a single cab, extra cab or dual cab Ute will increase storage space immensely.
This allows the safe and dry storage of camping gear, fishing gear, tools, recovery gear, and a place to store a 12v fridge, inverters and lots more.
Any Ute with either a tray back or tub body will benefit in a big way.
Side doors on a car canopy allow easier access and packing/storing.
Remote central locking can be integrated to the system for safe lockable
storage to keep the thieves honest.
Canopies do lack the airtight tight seals that the 4 wheel drive wagons have but this problem can be overcome with a bit of clever DIY rubber or foam seals (trial and error is the only way to make sure).
Extra DIY mods for canopies:
Roller drawers are another excellent way of storing items and they make it really easy to find things.
In 4WD wagons the top of a draw system is great to use as a shelf, the shelf could even be used or changed to a fridge slide. (see DC fridge and fridge slides)
In 4WD Ute or utilities the entire draw system can act as a very useful false floor inside a fibreglass canopy or even just under a hard lid cover.
Storing items in the drawers and still being able to store bulky items on top off the drawers make for a very organized system and yet plenty of room for a fridge slide.
Draw systems are a must for any keen tourer or tradesman as it really makes good use of limited space.