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Turning a Ute Into a Camper


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No matter who you are, your ute is an extension of that. If you are a businessperson, then your ute will probably contain holders for your briefcase, different files, and papers. If you use the ute for a construction job, then you’ve got tools and blueprints beside you in the front seat, and if you are a parent you’ve probably got some food on the floor.

So, a ute or van is the extension of your business life, but is it the extension of your life? Does the vehicle only speak about you as a businessperson, tradie, or parent? What about the fun items that you want to do? How do you turn your vehicle into a fun camper van or ute that will be able to contain all the fun adventures you want to have?

Well, first come up with a time when you can do a deep clean of your ute and put it all together. Separate your business life from your personal life. If you haven’t equipped your vehicle with 4x4 drawers or van drawers yet, then do so to keep your work life organised and out of the way. Then, take the time to figure out what you’d need for a camping trip.

Let’s say you’ve decided to go camping by yourself and are going to be on the road for three days and nights. First, you’ll probably need a canopy. The canopy will protect the back of your ute from the wind and the rain, and also can be extended to give you some shade on hot days. If you want to camp without the hassle of pitching a tent, or simply pause your drive and sit out for a little while, then a canopy is the first step.

Next, you’ll need a place to store your kitchen supplies. Whether you want to cook with a fire you’ve lit, or rely on portable stoves and fridges, the area in the bed for the food needs to be watertight and defended from the elements and the bugs. Make sure you seal all the raw food inside tight 4x4 drawers or a pull-out fridge and inspect them before and after meals.

If you plan to drive your ute into a camping spot and camp out in the wild, then you’ll need to be prepared for the weather. A good waterproof canopy can help with this, giving you some shelter from the rain and keeping your van drawer items safe. That way, you limit the amount of time you spend in the downpour and aren’t restricted to your vehicle or your tent until the rain stops. Outfitting your ute with mud resistant flooring and off-road tires can help keep the vehicle going if you drive through the muck.

No matter what, once you have a personal use for your van or ute aside from work, you’ll be more apt to use the vehicle for those fun personal uses. Who doesn’t want that; to be a more fun person and use their vehicle to get them there?

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