Best Aluminium Ute Trays For Your Adventure

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What are aluminium ute trays?

The term ute trays refers to the rear bed of your utility vehicle (ute) which can be used to carry gear and equipment or converted with a ute canopy.

While there are a variety of different styles and custom ute trays available, one of our top recommendations has to be an aluminium ute tray.

There are many benefits to using high grade aluminium for your tray.

Strength and durability

Aluminium is a highly durable material which makes it absolutely perfect for use as a ute tray. Your ute is likely to be exposed to a lot of wear and tear, as well as environmental factors. For that reason, having a tray made from as hardy a material as aluminum is essential.


Despite its structural strength, aluminum is surprisingly lightweight. This is important for the balance and weight bearing capacity of your vehicle. Without compromising on its utility or benefits, an aluminum ute tray won’t overload the rear of your vehicle.

Corrosion resistance

Being corrosion resistant is very important. Thanks to a thin coating that is placed over the surface, you don’t have to worry about the aluminium being worn away over time even when it’s exposed to rain, moisture and other things. 


Aluminium is a recyclable material. If being environmentally conscious is important to you, aluminium is a relatively green option for your custom made ute tray.

The importance of a ute tray for your adventure

There are many ways in which you can customise your cab ute tray. Whether you want to keep the bed itself open for further fit out and customisation or want to install a canopy that’s designed for either tradie work or camping, the choice is up to you. 

Storage boxes for ute trays

If you use your ute for work, we’d highly recommend looking into a custom ute canopy complete with pull-out cargo drawers and storage boxes.

From tools to safety gear, you can keep everything you need safe, secure and right where you need it. 

Camping accessories

For the passionate campers amongst you, your ute tray offers huge potential for revolutionising the way you camp. There are rooftop canopy tents, pull out fridges and kitchens, and a whole lot more than can be modified to fit your specific tray and vehicle. 

How to install an aluminium ute tray

Installing a homemade custom ute tray can be difficult and it’s important to know what you’re doing. If you’re going to be driving your ute around, especially if it’s loaded with gear, you want to make sure that everything is secured into place and safe.

We always recommend purchasing a high quality custom tray from manufacturers such as Dunn and Watson. That way, not only can you rest assured that the tray itself is going to be of sufficient quality, but you can receive expert advice and assistance with the installation itself. 

It’s also important to note that while some aluminium ute trays are standard and fit most vehicles, this is not necessarily the case. We recommend speaking directly to our team before attempting to install a custom aluminium ute tray yourself. 

Benefits of ute trays for your trips

So, why do you need a ute tray on your vehicle for your next trip?

1. More storage

Whether you’re heading to a construction site, the next job, or going camping, having enough space to store all of your equipment is always a struggle. With an aluminium ute tray you can enjoy more storage and more accessibility to the main items that you store away. Trays offer added space to customise specialist storage accessories as well to make your life all the more easy.

2. Shelter

Providing shelter to your equipment can help to preserve the items over time. Whether or not you further customise the tray with a canopy or whatnot, the protection provided by it is very important. When you’re considering a custom solution for your ute, take the time to think about what you’re going to be using it for and storing it in/on it. That way you can make the best decision regarding the type and size of the tray to offer maximum space with maximum shelter.

3. Security

You cannot put a price on peace of mind but you can put it on an aluminium ute tray. With lockable drawer add-ons, canopies and many more options, you can rest assured that the items you’re keeping safely stored are away from the prying eyes and itchy fingers of would-be thieves. 

4. More versatility 

Utility vehicles are endlessly versatile vehicles and nothing compliments that versatility more than a custom ute tray. Making the most of your vehicle is easy with the right tray and accompanying accessories. With some smart fit-out, professional installation and a selection of high quality, professionally produced products from Dunn and Watson, you can have your ute running just the way you like. 

Let’s find the best aluminium ute tray for you

At Dunn and Watson we take all things utes, trays and ute trays seriously. We’re dedicated to ensuring our customers enjoy custom solutions that suit their needs and lifestyle. 

Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for and want a hand with placing an order, or you’d like us to talk and walk you through the best aluminium ute trays for your application, give us a call today on 1300 210 549.