There’s no doubt about it, if you’re looking for the ultimate addition to your ute or four-wheel-drive to prepare for your next adventure, an offroad custom canopy is the way to go.
Recent advancements in design, fabrication and manufacturing have developed truly revolutionary ways for customising your vehicle’s canopy in more ways than one.
It’s all about making offroad and four-wheel-driving more pleasurable, luxurious, convenient and–of course–fun.Read More
Choosing the right offroad custom canopy
There are three main factors that you should be considering with most fabricated products you plan on fitting your vehicle out with:
While Dunn and Watson stock a wide variety of products at market-leading prices, if you want to fit out your vehicle with a custom canopy there’s still going to be some financial investment. That’s why you want to choose a supplier with reliably high quality products and fabrication. It will make your investment last longer and go further.
Keeping within your budget without sacrificing the functionality of your chosen canopy doesn’t have to be hard. All of our custom canopies are fabricated right here onsite so we have total control of the manufacturing process. This guarantees high quality as well as cost savings, all of which we pass on to you.
Weight is always an important factor for offroad custom canopies. It doesn’t matter where you’ll be travelling or over what terrain, the lighter the better (assuming you don’t compromise on any other functionality or durability). Using high grade aluminium, we’re able to keep the weight to a minimum while ensuring the weight bearing capacity is at a maximum.
What else do you need to consider when selecting your canopy?
Start with your needs
It can be difficult knowing which canopy is right for your particular application. Especially when you’re dealing with a range of canopies the size of Dunn and Watson’s. The first step when choosing among our options for offroad custom canopies is to understand your needs. Just because the canopy you have your mind on looks amazing on someone else’s ute, doesn’t mean it will be right for you. Conversely, another 4WD enthusiast may have gone with a particular canopy for reasons that don’t apply to you.
Some of the basic questions you should be asking yourself include:
- What type of vehicle do you have and what do you use it for?
- What sort of activities do you intend the canopy to be used for?
- How often do you plan on using it?
- Where do you plan on going with your ute or 4×4?
Selecting the perfect material
It is highly recommended that you only choose a custom canopy made from the highest grade of materials, such as the 2.5 millimetre aluminium checker plate Dunn and Watson uses. Not only will this ensure that you can enjoy peace of mind that your canopy will be durable and long lasting, it will also offer maximum resistance to all manner of environmental exposure. Take the time to check out what sort of material the hinges are made from (such as high quality stainless steel like ours) as well as the canopy cover (think nylon for maximum functionality). All this contributes to the overall utility, durability and quality of your offroad custom canopy.
There’s a reason why our team of offroad enthusiasts at Dunn and Watson favour aluminium canopy set-ups. Not only does it bring high strength to the table without sacrificing its relative lightweightedness, but it also allows for us to custom build and tailor our canopies for the particular application and requirements of our customers. From our customised braced frame to our carefully constructed weather seals, there’s no part of our canopies that isn’t carefully tailored for maximum efficiency and function.
Pick a style that suits you
Fortunately, there are multiple styles of canopies depending on how and for what you intend to use it. Like our ute trays, which come in the Tourer Tray version and Tradie Tray style, our canopies can be customised during the fabrication process to suit your needs. For example, you might want to have a classic tray-mounted canopy or one mounted straight on the chassis with the tray fully removed. Both have pros and cons depending on your preference and use.
Of course, you might not be too sure exactly what sort of canopy design is right for you. Don’t worry – that’s why we’re here. We love helping customers out and will answer all your canopy-related questions.
Peruse through canopy accessories
Again, this consideration comes down to your intention in terms of using your canopy. From roof top tents to power boards, there’s a long list of available canopy accessories. While you might think that accessories are only a factor to consider later on, it might influence the style and size of your canopy. So it’s worth giving some thought to it now.
Let us help you find the perfect canopy
The Dunn and Watson team are offroad enthusiasts as well as experts. That’s why our customers can trust us to help them find the right product for their needs.
Plus, when you take into account the fact that we’re specialists in custom fabrication, thanks to our advanced manufacturing machinery, experience in the industry, and completely onsite fabrication process, there’s no one better to provide advice and assistance on all things canopies, utes, and four-wheel-drives.
It doesn’t matter whether you know exactly which custom canopy you want and are ready to place an order, or simply don’t know where to start. Just contact us today and we’ll help you with everything and anything you need.
Offroad custom canopy guide - Aluminium Canopies
There’s nothing standard about our standard aluminium canopies. Backed by a 2-year warranty, this high grade 2.5 millimetre aluminium checker plate canopy is built to keep up with your off-road and camping activity.
Set with a stainless steel piano hinge with a nylon cover for complete and worry-free dust and water protection, plus gas strut assisted doors, opening and closing this four-wheel-drive canopy is easy.
Plus, we’ve custom fabricated the design with a braced frame and door so that you’ll benefit from its extra strength. The carefully applied weather seal is fitted around the entirety of the door. This ensures that anything closed inside your canopy is completely protected from all the elements and weather.
While our aluminium canopies are versatile for a range of applications, we’re also able to custom fabricate a canopy solution just for you. All you need to do is get in touch with our team and let us know what you’re after. We’ll put together the perfect aluminium canopy to suit your particular vehicle.
Combined with our extensive range of canopy-related accessories, from lift off systems to roof racks and from jerry can holders to drop down ladders, you’ll find absolutely everything you need to get your canopy up, running and working just the way you want it to.
Offroad custom canopy guide - Ute Trays
Utes are only as good as their ute trays… or that’s how the saying should go. From moving cargo to packing up your camping gear, there’s just about no limit to the utility and benefit of a robust, high quality and spacious ute tray.
The Dunn and Watson team knows everything there is to know about customising a ute tray to suit a specific application, purpose or preference. So no matter what you need or what you’re looking for, make sure to speak to us about our ute trays today.
Multiple ute trays for you to choose what’s right for you
We stock two distinct ute tray styles with particular uses and purposes in mind.
- The Dunn and Watson Tourer Tray
- The Dunn and Watson Tradie Tray
Both of these intricately fabricated tray styles come in the standard size of 1800 millimetres by 1800 millimetres. The standard weight available is approximately 120 kilograms.
The Tourer Tray is designed particularly for the camping enthusiast and people who like to travel and tour. Enjoy maximum storage space for your luggage and other equipment so you can take everything you need and want wherever you go.
Is your ute a work vehicle? Our Tradie Tray is the perfect addition to your ute. With plenty of space for all the tools, equipment and accessories you need you can add all manner of drawer and slide systems to keep all your work stuff safely and secured.
Not sure whether the Tourer or Tradier Ute Tray is right for you? Need an individualised tray fabricated to your specific requirements? We can do that for you! Just get in touch with the Dunn and Watson team and we’ll quote you for a custom-built tray that is specifically designed for your particular application.
Dunn and Watson – the best ute trays in Australia
All of our ute trays are fabricated by our Aussie-operated team right here in Australia. Because we fabricate onsite, we can guarantee absolute quality control. When it comes to durability and functionality, our trays operate to the highest of national and international standards.
Using tough 3.0 millimetre and 4.0 millimetre aluminium, you can rest assured that your ute tray will be able to keep up with your touring or work no matter where you go. Long-lasting, highly resistant and super strong, there’s nothing like an aluminium tray as the perfect complementary addition to your canopy.
Why do we use high grade aluminium over steel?
- Aluminium is a lot lighter than steel without having to compromise on strength or durability. This means less weight for your vehicle to tow and less pressure on your ute.
- Another benefit of aluminium is its flexibility in fabrication. This allows our team to manufacture trays to tailored designs as part of our custom fabrication offering.
- Aluminium is highly corrosion resistant. As a tradie or tourer, you’re likely to see your fair share of rain, wet and moisture. That’s why we choose high grade aluminium over steel.
- Steel can create sparks in certain situations whereas aluminium is non-flammable and efficient thermal conductors.
Durable and high weight capacity
Our range of trays are designed and manufactured with practicality in mind. We test every fabrication to ensure that they are built to be durable and heavy duty no matter how much they’re used. Plus, with a high weight bearing capacity (able to hold up to 227 kilograms) you’ll enjoy all of the support you need.
Stainless steel fixtures
From high quality stainless steel strap hinges, to gudgeons and nylon bushes built for heavy use, there’s no doubt that our ute trays are the smart investment to make when you’re custom fitting out your ute.
Waterproof and dust proof
Thanks to the well designed pinchweld seal your ute tray is completely waterproof and dust proof. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that no matter where you go, the interior of your tray and its contents will be completely protected.
Rear facing hinge design
It’s not just about function, of course. Our black rear facing hinge is designed to look great and sit flush against the rest of the back of the tray. Functional, stylish and smart – it’s the best of everything!
Multiple coating options
Whether you prefer a powder coating or a spray paint coating, we can do it! All of our ute trays are available in both coating options. Of course, if you’re not sure which is right for you and your application, feel free to call the Dunn and Watson team today.
There’s a ton of extra, handy little features to our range of trays.
- MAXILAMP lights – enjoy high quality and long-lasting lights to help you see whatever you need to no matter what time of the day or night it is.
- Locks – our trays come with your choice of lock type. We stock a variety of different types, each suitable to different requirements and preferences.
- Additional features include custom headboards, double tapered side boxes, under tray drawers and a whole lot more!
Don’t wait – order your ute tray today!
There are a ton of good reasons why you should get your ute trays from us at Dunn and Watson.
- Get advice from the unrivalled experts in all things ute and vehicle customisation and fit outs.
- We’re completely Australian owned and operated.
- Select from the largest range of accessories and vehicle parts in Australia.
- You can enjoy provide custom fabrication jobs tailored to your needs.
- Save more with industry-leading prices.
- Choose from a number of buy-now-pay-later options.
Offroad custom canopy guide - Canopy Accessories
When you shop at Dunn and Watson, you’ll come for the canopies and trays, but stay for the canopy accessories! We mean it when we say that we’ve got everything you’ll need for a complete end-to-end custom fit out of your vehicle.
4WD Canopy Power Boards
Our canopy power boards are designed to bring the power to your adventure. The 4WD board is a plug-and-play model and provides all of the ports, outlets and functionalities you could need. Complete with a solar panel port, easy-to-instal design and specially designed casing to ensure your cables are efficiently stored, it’s simply a must have for your 4×4.
Canopy Roof Top Tent
The canopy roof top tent creates the perfect home away from home. This super lightweight tent doesn’t compromise on strength or water resistance making it the perfect addition to 4WD canopies and SUVs. It’s also extremely easy to mount onto a roof rack and just as simple to set up and pack away in mere seconds.
Adjustable 4wd Canopy Ladder
If you need an easy and affordable solution for accessing the roof of your canopy or 4WD our adjustable ladder is the perfect answer. This high quality aluminium unit is easily and fully adjustable to suit the size of your spare wheel. Make sure you can reach everything you need with Dunn and Watson.
Extra canopy accessories
If you’re ready to take your canopy up a level, make sure to check out our full range of extra accessories. We stock kits, vents, panels and jerry cans all designed to help make your next road trip all the more convenient, laidback and easy.
- Aluminium air pressure vent
- Canopy control panel
- Canopy jerry can holder
- Roof basket
- Wiring kit
- Power kit
- Lift off latches
- Canopy spare wheel carrier
4x4 Roof Top Tents
Offroad custom canopy guide - Tray Accessories
Tourer tray water tank
Making sure you have enough water shouldn’t make you break a sweat, and with our tourer tray water tank it doesn’t have to. This compact water tank is the perfect answer for your 4WD, caravan or camper trailer. Australian designed and made, they’re perfect for use anywhere in the Aussie outback. Our water tanks also come with a filler, breather and overflow for complete functionality.
Clip on tray
When you need some more space, you need our four-wheel-drive clip-on tray. This handy to use and easy to clip on table from Dunn and Watson transforms the face of your tray’s cargo drawer, or the wall of a 4WD canopy into a handy, spacious work area. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working onsite or taking the day off to head to the beach, there’s no such thing as too much bench space. Our clip-on tables are also designed for practical, helpful usage with a tea towel rail, bottle opener and multiple hooks that can be used for hanging either utensils, bags or other accessories.
4×4 and trailer aluminium wheel arches
Dunn and Watson’s range of aluminium wheel arches can be custom manufactured for all sorts of utes, trailers and four-wheel-drives. Sometimes called mud guards, these Australian-made wheel arches won’t just give your vehicle a tough looking exterior, they’ll function well no matter where you drive.
We also stock aluminium tandem-axle wheel arches for dual or tandem axle trailers. These come in a variety of length sizes, so make sure to choose the one that best suits your application. Plus, our arches all come with a pair of Dunn and Watson mud flaps as well!
Extra tray accessories
Don’t stop there: check out our full range of extra tray accessories including:
- Custom mud flaps
- License plate swings
- Water pumps
- Ute drawers
- Window protectors
Offroad custom canopy guide
Offroad custom canopy guide - Tray Toolboxes
Are you looking to make the most of the compact storage spaces in your four-wheel-drive or ute? Our tray toolboxes are a great solution! All of our toolboxes are Australian-made from high quality aluminium. This means your tray will be strong and durable without coming at the cost of being super heavy.
Double tapered tray toolbox
The double tapered ute tray toolbox fits perfectly under your tray and can accommodate aluminium wheel arches as well. Constructed to the highest of standards, this completely weather sealed accessory also comes with a whale tail compression handle for easy use and instant access.
Single tapered rope rail ute tray toolbox
The ute tray toolbox is an excellent storage option for rope rail applications. Like our other tray toolboxes, there’s plenty of space available for tools, equipment and other items. Corrosion and weather resistant, thanks to the quality aluminium, it’s complete with an ergonomically designed whale tail compression handle.
Slide out under tray
The slide out under tray design does exactly what its name suggests: slides out! Enjoy frictionless and seamless access to this deep and stackable storage space solution. Whether you need to keep tools, straps or other items safe from exposure to the weather or other elements, the tight seal will stand up to any off-road adventure.