One of the best features of your ute is the ability to carry and transfer a heavy load. Whichever purpose you utilise your ute for – it is certain you need to protect your precious items or cargo.
There are plenty of solutions out there. But which one will serve the purpose and help you with storage and security as well. It can get overwhelming when you need to make the right choice.
Below are some of most common ways you can cover your ute and ensure that your load is always safe and secure. Let us not forget – with the right cover you can make your ute or pick-up look real attractive and fancy too!
Let’s get started.
1. Soft Tonneau:
Rubberised nylon or canvas-style fabrics are used in the production of a soft tonneau. In most scenarios, a tonneau can be quickly removed. It can be rolled, folded into a compact size and then stowed away inside the cab.
Presently, there are plenty of alternatives that are available to consumers. However, it is good to note that the humble tonneau is still capable of doing a fine job – considering its versatility and convenience. They are still favoured when it comes to cab chassis and pick-ups.
Generally, a tonneau with the aid of press studs or anything similar – is made to hold tightly at the front. Then, a bungy cord is woven through a sequence of eyelets around its perimeter – and it can be stretched as well. Later, it is made more secure with the help of hooks or buttons.
In the case of a taller load, it can be covered by employing lesser hooks – and subsequently adjust the tonneau cover, in order to cover the load completely.
There have been developments with a soft tonneau. Currently, manufacturers have substituted the front press studs with a sail track. Later, the front of the tonneau cover can be slid along the same track and it behaves as a weatherproof seal.
In addition, by using concealed fastenings – the need for external body hooks is eliminated and it gives a more clean and streamlined appearance.
However, it is important to know that a soft tonneau can deteriorate rapidly – specifically, because of harmful UV rays. Secondly, the chafing tends to tear away the paintwork around the top area of the ute’s bodywork. You should also note that a tonneau offers limited security against theft. Anybody can easily gain access to your items by unhooking the bungy cord or use a sharp knife to tear through the tonneau.
2. Solid Lids:
A solid lid is manufactured from fibreglass and other composites. This makes it stylish, visually appealing and a perfect option for securing your load. They are available as textured or smooth external finishes – and the colour can also be matched to suit your vehicle.
Solid lids are supported by gas struts on each side. They are hinged at the front and open up from the rear. For enhanced security, a solid lid can also be integrated with your ute’s central locking system. In addition, these lids are designed to be compatible with chrome sports bars. Some models will include mounting points on top for the addition of external racks.
Currently, there are lids that will give you the look and feel of a tonneau – and the security feature of a solid lid. They are generally constructed out of a light metal frame combined with a tonneau kind of material.
3. Roll Top:
With a roll top – you will receive the same kind of versatility as a tonneau. However, there is better security for your load or belongings. When it comes its functionality – it works as a garage roll-a-door – that lies flat above the loading region of the ute.
A segmented aluminium screen lies on top of the loading region with sliders on each side – along with a spring-loaded canister at the front. At the rear end of the roll top is a flush-mounted key lock. When it is unlocked it retracts forward into the canister.
When you take into consideration its versatility – you can fit it around builders’ carry racks as well as chrome sports bars. There are options, where you can mount additional racks right above the roll top in order to support different kinds of load. Moreover, you can continue to drive when carrying taller loads by choosing to leave your roll top open.
Additionally, a roll top is an ideal option when it comes to the harsh Australian weather conditions. It will keep your items safe and secure from sun and rain.
A canopy is a perfect choice for ute owners. During the week, it gives you the option to carry your work-related items and in the weekend your recreational, camping or adventure gear. You will have plenty of headroom and take your pet along as well.
They are extremely popular and are designed for both cab chassis and pick-ups. Plus, you have plenty of choices available like vinyl, traditional canvas, pressed steel designs and moulded fibreglass.
Bear in mind that a steel canopy is heavier when compared to a fibreglass canopy. With the vinyl and canvas canopy – you will get easy access from the sides by just rolling up the curtains. There are new designs, where the canopy can be folded in concertina-style against the cab. This way, it gives clear access to the loading area.
Currently, manufacturers are including plenty of features – like roof vents, windows, full-zipper sides and fly-screens. They make a great addition for camping and adventure activities.
With a hard canopy – its strong and sturdy build offers you a higher level of security. State-of-the-art locking system, tough fibreglass, steel shells, hinged or sliding side windows are some of top security features of the modern canopy.
Along with its tough structure and functionality – a canopy can be visually attractive too. With the features like colour matching, interactive designs and shapes, they will certainly complement your ute. On the other hand, you can have many more interesting additions like: roof racks for your extra baggage, a small roof-top tent, internal lighting, air conditioning and window tinting.
If you are planning to purchase a new ute or your existing one needs a new cover – check out the Sports, Top Up and Wildtrack Top Up Lids – we have in store for you.
We are certain you will be impressed with the amazing choices that you will see at PJs 4x4.
The Sports Lid:
It is a brilliant combination of style and security. A comprehensive design that will complement your ute vehicle. With a hand laid fibreglass lid and luxury lined fabric as part of its interiors – you will be impressed.
A twin-side and heavy duty locking mechanism will ensure that your entire load is safe and secure. Even while you’re on-road, off the road or simply relaxing by the stream with your family or friends – you’ve got nothing to worry!
Did you just mention that it’s a tall camping fridge you wanted to take along? No problem, it’ll be effortless!
The Top Up Lid:
A stylish and highly functional solid lid for your ute.
It offers a robust security feature like a fully lockable system, all the way to the tailgate. Features an exceptional 3-point position – where you will be able to increase your load capacity by 10% – even in a closed position.
Its aerodynamic design will increase fuel efficiency and help you with savings up to 15%.
Wildtrack Top Up Lid:
We know you love the Australian outdoors!
In simple terms – the Wildtrack Top Up Lid is perfect for your Ford Ranger. Hit the road with this stylish and visually appealing addition for your ute.
This top up lid is designed to give you more versatility. You can continue to travel even in its fully-extended, open position. We consider it – “Our wildest creation yet.”
Do you have any queries regarding our collection of ute lids? Do not hesitate. Get in touch with us today. Our professional and experienced team will be delighted to solve your queries.
Additionally, our team at PJs 4x4 can assist you with accessories like ProLift and Cargo Bars.
You can call us at 1800 008 458 or email us at [email protected]. Alternatively, you could drop us a message or any query by filling up our contact form.
If you are in the area – close to Kialla, Victoria – feel free to drop by our store. Our staff will be happy to see you.