3 Main Things to Consider Before Your Canopy Installation

Have you been pondering about installing a canopy in the rear tray of your UTE? What is an open area everyone could reach now is easily transformed into something secure and even more useful. Installing a toolbox canopy in the rear tray is a wise decision.

Before ordering one, you need to consider a few things. You want to pick the ultimate best option for you and never regret the decision. Although it seems like a simple task, there are a few things to ask yourself and think about before getting and installing a toolbox canopy.

In this blog post, we’re sharing three main things to consider before doing it if you’re not sure if you’re missing something following your idea to install one of these excellent items that will improve the versatility of your UTE, follow the tips, and be sure to make the right choice.

Three types of toolbox canopies with a UTE in background

Have You Chosen the Right Canopy?

The main thing to ask yourself before doing anything is - have you chosen the right canopy for your needs? People install toolbox canopies for various reasons. Some of them combine more uses into one, but whatever the reason for installing this kind of item, you must know it and base the installation with it in mind.

Suppose you’re a contractor and you need secure storage for your tools. You don’t need an oversized canopy, but a smaller, 1200mm aluminium canopy that will fit the essential tools you don’t want to drag around on every different construction site.

If you’re a contractor, you know that you don’t need literally everything you own in the workshop with you every time. However, some things are crucial in your everyday job. Placing them inside the canopy means easy access wherever you’re needed.

On the other hand, installing a canopy for camping means you can adjust the entire rear tray to your needs and transform the area into a remote bedroom. Many UTE owners turned their vehicles into one-stop camps, with their canopies adjusted for sleeping, cooking, and resting.

Will You Mount it Yourself, or Should the Pros Do it?

A toolbox canopy is a box whose installation seems like an easy job. Many people love DIY projects and will gladly spend a few hours carefully reviewing the instruction manual and installing the box. They enjoy this sort of task and will do an excellent job.

Others are not as happy to make the installation themselves but willing to try. They will try their best and maybe handle the task. It’s risky to do everything yourself if you’re not highly skilled, as the canopy toolbox needs perfect mounting to last long and be functional.

It is recommended to leave the job to the pros if you’re in this group or not even considering doing it yourself. The pros in our shop will do this quickly and effectively. They are mountain toolbox canopies daily, and they know how to do it fast and without flaws.

Since there’s an option to order a canopy online and have it delivered to your doorstep no matter where in Australia you’re located, you should know that you’ll need to install it yourself. You don’t want to get the box through the mail and drive to the shop again. It’s best to do everything in one effort.

Do You Have the Right Tools for the Job?

If you decide to make it your personal DIY project, the next question to ask yourself is whether you have the necessary tools to do the job. Although this is not something over complex, and you only need experience and tool-handling skills, you still need some basic tools.

Another thing to consider is help. Since the box is often too robust to carry on your own, you will need help from someone who will hold the other side when you put it in place. Even if it’s a smaller toolbox, you’ll still need to be highly careful to avoid damaging the box.

You’ll need pliers, a hammer, measuring tape, a drill, a screwdriver, and safety gloves. These few things are essential for a successful installation. Read the instruction manual before you start, and think about potential problems as you go. You should finish the job in an hour or so if you have no unexpected problems.


These three points explain what you must know and pay attention to before ordering and installing your toolbox canopy. Choosing the one that fits perfectly from the range of different canopies, knowing how to install it, and using the right tools are some of the things to consider before starting to work.

Once you’re done and your canopy installed, you’ll see how your UTE gained even more features you previously didn’t have. A canopy is highly useful, so doing things flawlessly means a true UTE upgrade.

Author: Dean Peechiari Date Posted: 2 March 2023