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How To Create The Ultimate Tradie Ute Setup - Mountain Top Australia

How To Create The Ultimate Tradie Ute Setup

For Aussie tradies, ute setups are lifelines. They're mobile offices carrying your tools, equipment, and getting you from job site to job site. But a cluttered ute can waste time, damage gear, and be a safety hazard. This guide will show you how to create the ultimate tradie ute setup with Mountain Top – one that's organised, efficient, and keeps you safe on the road.

Assessing Your Needs

Tradies ute needs come in all shapes and sizes, from sparkies to plumbers to chippies… the perfect ute setup will depend on your specific trade. Consider the tools, materials, and equipment you use most often on job sites. This will help you determine the ideal tradie ute, ute tray, roof racks, and accessories you'll need.

Selecting the Right Ute

The right ute is the foundation of your mobile workspace. It is worth exploring the different types of utes available in Australia, consider the payload capacity, towing capabilities, and fuel efficiency.

Choosing Your Tradie Ute:

4x4 or 4x2? Go 4x4 for off-road conquering and heavy towing, but expect a higher price tag and lower fuel efficiency. Opt for 4x2 for on-road jobs and better fuel economy, with a high-rider option for occasional rough terrain.

Single or Dual Cab? Single cabs offer maximum cargo space, ideal for hauling large materials. Dual cabs provide passenger space or secure storage behind the seats.

Popular Ute Brands: Explore Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, and Mitsubishi Triton. Research, test drive, and choose the ute that fits your budget, comfort, and trade needs.

Organising Storage Space

Keeping your tools and equipment organised is crucial for saving time and preventing damage.
For tradies constantly on the move, staying organised is essential. Here are some ute storage solutions tailored to mobile work environments:

Bed dividers: Take control of your ute bed! This adjustable divider maximises your ute's space, keeps tools tidy, and prevents cargo from shifting. It's your key to a safe and efficient workday.

Bed Management System: is indispensable for maximising cargo space in your vehicle while keeping tools and equipment neatly organised and easily accessible. They also provide an additional layer of safety by preventing loose items from shifting during transit, ensuring a smooth and secure journey from one job site to the next.

Cargo Bags: Durable cargo bags are invaluable for containing smaller tools, hardware, and supplies, preventing them from rolling around and getting lost in the vehicle during transit. These bags help maintain organisation on the move, ensuring that essential items are easily accessible when needed, whether on-site or en route to the next job.

By incorporating these storage solutions into your mobile workspace, you can streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and maintain organisation while on the move, enabling you to tackle any job with confidence and ease.

Securing Tools and Equipment

Loose tools and equipment are a recipe for disaster. The following products are must-haves for a secure load.

Cross Bars: Cross Bars offer versatile storage solutions for tradies transporting bulky items such as ladders, pipes, or materials that won't fit inside the tub.. These bars provide an additional layer for carrying equipment while optimising space utilisation and ensuring safe transport between job sites.

Ratchet Straps: Don't let loose cargo slow you down. Ratchet straps are your on-the-go solution for securing loads of all shapes and sizes. With a quick pull of the ratchet mechanism, you can achieve a tight, secure hold on your gear, preventing shifting and damage during transport

Bungee Cords: The handy helper for lighter items. Think tool bags, camping chairs, or securing a tarp. While bungees offer some give, they lack the muscle for heavy-duty jobs. Opt for them on short trips with lighter cargo that doesn't require a vice grip.

Enhancing Accessibility and Convenience

Forget digging through a toolbox on the jobsite – we're all about maximising your time and keeping your gear within arm's reach. Here's how to optimise your ute's setup for a smooth workflow:

Gear Up for Easy Access:

Cargo Slide: Ditch the toolbox shuffle. Our Cargo Slides, with a massive 300kg capacity, bring your tools and supplies right to you, saving precious minutes on every job.

Ladder Racks: Need to haul long items like ladders, pipes, or timber? Ladder racks are your lifesaver. They mount seamlessly on top of your existing Mountain Top Roll Cover or Hard Lid, keeping your bulky cargo secure and freeing up space in the tray. This is perfect for tradies and outdoor adventurers alike – kayaks, surfboards, and skis can all hitch a ride with ease.

Customisation and Personalisation

Custom modifications for the ultimate ute setup

Experience a new level of convenience and style with our EVOe Electric Roll Cover. Install an EVOe to keep your tools safe and secure while staying protected from the elements.

Cargo Carriers redefine convenience and versatility for tradies, offering seamless transport solutions for both work and adventure. With a robust 75kg load capacity, they handle a wide range of items, from bikes and gear to heavy timber and equipment, ensuring tradies transport tools and materials with ease and efficiency.

Additional Customisations:

Lighting Upgrades: Add LED light bars for improved visibility.

Power Outlets: Install inverter outlets or USB ports for charging.

Branding: Use vehicle wraps or magnetic signs for personalised branding.

With these modifications, your ute setup becomes both functional and uniquely you, enhancing efficiency and professionalism on the job.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Guide to Maintaining Your Tradie Ute Setup:

To ensure longevity and reliability, follow these maintenance steps:

Cleaning: Regularly wash the exterior, including ute trays, and clean the interior to prevent corrosion and maintain a tidy workspace.

Inspections: Check tires, wheels, fluid levels, and lights regularly for signs of wear or damage, addressing any issues promptly.

Equipment Maintenance: Follow manufacturer's service schedules, store tools securely, and organise equipment for safe transit.

Safety Checks: Inspect lighting, electrical systems, and brakes to maintain safety on the road.

By staying proactive with maintenance tasks, you can extend the life of your tradie ute setup and ensure optimal performance on the job.


By following the tips and strategies outlined in this guide, you can create the ultimate tradie ute setup – a mobile workspace that's organised, efficient, and keeps you safe and productive on the job. Remember, a well-designed ute setup is an investment in your business!