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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Storing Gear

The most basic storage on a ute is on the back of a metal tray. Many of these have sides, but a lot of them don’t. Either way, anything in the back of a ute must be tied down and secured unless you have a canopy fitted. This can be a real inconvenience, as it takes quite a lot of time to tie everything down. The other issue is the weather that can get into a utes storage space. If you don’t have a canopy, expect everything on the tray to get wet, and damaged by the sun.

On the other hand, you have less restrictions for space; if you want to take a motorbike or other large item on the back of the ute you don’t have to worry about height restrictions. This is why a lot of people don’t bother about fitting a canopy. There are a number of canopies available; fibreglass, steel, canvas and aluminum. Some are removable, and some are permanently bolted down. If you have the ute covered over, it becomes easier to set up the inside of the ute permanently.

Drawers are a common addition to utes, to ensure that the gear being stored can be organised properly. A lot of things can be mounted inside a canopy, including fridges and freezers, beds and anything else that makes your travel comfortable.

One thing to consider about ute storage is the type of tray. Some are wellbody, meaning that they are panel material, and considerably larger than normal flat, steel trays. I prefer the flat steel trays, because they allow more room underneath the vehicle to mount water containers, toolboxes, spare wheels and anything else you need to store.

Tricks Use Maxtrax

If you are stuck in sand, simply remove them from their storage location (a lot of people mount them on roof racks with the supplied mounts), dig some of the sand out of the way and put them as far under the wheels as possible. Maxtrax have the ability to be used as a shovel, making life very easy. Once you have a pair (make sure they are used on the same axle or you will get crossed up) under the wheels, gently accelerate until the vehicle grabs the Maxtrax and goes forward. These can be used in forward or reverse motions, and if you have a second set can be used together (1 on each wheel).

There are a number of alternatives to Maxtrax, but you get what you pay for. In mud, Maxtrax also works exceptionally well. Simply move a bit of the mud out of the way (or just jam them under the tyres) and you are set to go. The advantage of storing these on top of your vehicles is that when they are dirty, you don’t have to put them in your car!

Maxtrax come in a number of colours, and can be mounted on the rear tyre, roof racks or inside the vehicle. If you have a dual cab ute its often easy to mount them up against the canopy. If you are going to use the conventional methods of recovering a vehicle (with a snatch strap, tow rope or winch) make sure you always think twice about your safety.

When recovering a stuck vehicle, there are a number of things that can break, creating fast flying object. Snatch straps in particular will take anything they are attached to and shoot it through the air faster than you can see. Dampeners are vital, as they limit how far the strap or cable will go through the air. The advantage of Maxtrax though, is the fact that you don’t have to worry about something breaking or going wrong. You are guaranteed a safe, quick and easy recovery!