4 Wheel Drive Car Canopy.


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 of course.

Adding a fiberglass 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:

  • Adding a cargo net attached to the ceiling to store small light weight items.
  • Adding a few lights (LED light bars) inside the canopy will help when searching for something at night.
  • Adding a 12v DC power point for inverters and a fridge.


Storage Draw systems:

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 fiberglass 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.


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