Premium Ute Canopies

Innovative. Secure. Compatible.
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Premium Ute Canopies

from $4,150

Aluminium canopies are an excellent way to maximise the storage capabilities of tray back utes. They have multiple applications for tradesman, leisure and touring. Our Australian Made canopies are constructed from premium quality marine grade aluminium ensuring quality and longevity. Canopies are available in two types: bolt-down which usually remain on the vehicle for extended periods of time or jack-off that can be easily removed and stored on legs to free up your vehicle for other tasks.

Australian Made
Designed and manufactured at our Brisbane factory.

Extended 10-year Structural Warranty
We have confidence in the quality and workmanship of our Premium Ute Canopies. Our confidence is backed by a 10-year structural warranty for our Premium Ute Canopies against faulty workmanship.

Engineered with Quality Materials for Strength
Because our premium canopies are designed and built to last, we choose only premium grade materials for construction.  Marine grade aluminium (series 5,000) is the optimal material for Ute canopies. This material is lightweight and structurally robust. Our canopies typically weigh between 150-200kgs.

Choice of Finish
Our premium canopies are constructed around a framework of extruded aluminium tubular section, welded, and wrapped in a skin of aluminium. We offer a choice of checker plate, mill plate, or our signature dimple plate as the external finish to your premium canopy.

Choice of Designs
What are your storage requirements? You can choose from a selection of standard designs for dual, space, or single cab utes, or request a custom design to suit your storage and transport needs. Standard or custom design, we will build you a premium canopy that is lightweight without compromise.

Roof Top Capacity
The roof is specifically designed for load bearing applications like roof top tents, ladders, building supplies and tinnies.

Features

  • Australian designed and manufactured
  • 10-year Structural Warranty against faulty workmanship
  • Canopy sizes to suit Dual, Space, and Single Cab Vehicles
  • Manufactured using Marine Grade (5000 series) Checker, Mill, or Dimple Plate aluminium
  • Lightweight without compromising strength or quality
  • An advanced 3-point locking design compatible with remote central locking
  • Quality whale-tail locks with covered keyhole protection
  • The door skin is bonded to RHS alloy framing for additional security and strength
  • The doors are hung on greaseable Pentle Hinges and supported by gas struts
  • Pinchweld door seals make the canopy highly resistant to the entry of water or dust
  • The doors are equipped with a vinyl curtain to direct rainwater to the gutters

Options

  • Canopy attachment to the vehicle using a Bolt-down System
  • Canopy Quick Release System for compatible vehicle trays
  • Roof Racks to suit load-bearing applications like carrying rooftop tents, building materials, or tinnies
  • Flexible Internal Design Options to suit Tradies, Campers, or Travellers
  • Rear wall options: Spare Tyre Mount, Jerrycan Holder, Drop-down Ladder
  • Window Options
  • Powder Coating Options
  • Canopy Electrical Package Options

Vehicle Model Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm)
Dual Cab 1800 1840 900
Space Cab 2100 1840 900
Single Cab 2400 1840 900
STD CANOPY FEATURES: Sealed aluminium floor, Secure 3 point locking, Greasable hinges welded securely into position, Dual gutter system, and Structural aluminium extrusion frame.

Note: Coaming Rail Allowances

Individual trays vary significantly in design from manufacturer to manufacturer. Elements of the tray design that vary include: dimensions, manufactured materials, and assembly techniques. For example, the majority of trays built from aluminium or steel will include a coaming rail down each side of the tray.

The primary purpose of the coaming rail is to provide assembled strength to the tray.  Commonly seen in aluminium trays, are coaming rails that are angular in shape.

The Tong camper is designed to include the coaming rail notch on each side of the camper. This ensures that the camper will suit the majority of Ute trays fitted to 4 wheel drive vehicles.

The term “Marine Grade” is a commonly quoted by aluminium manufacturers.  The term “Marine Grade” refers to a grade of metal that is used underwater or in wet environments. Special metals or special metal alloys may be necessary to prevent the material from failing under these conditions. To be considered a marine grade, the material must be able to resist corrosive effects that are common in a water environment.

Checker Plate
2mm marine grade 5 bar checker plate (5052)

Mill Finish
2.5mm marine grade mill finish (5005) flat sheet

Dimple Plate
2mm marine grade dimple plate (5005)

Ask about combining external materials, e.g., checker plate canopy with mill finish doors for vinyl wrapping or advertising.

Advanced 3-point Locking System

The 3-point locking system used by Tong Metal in their Premium Canopy range is designed to improve the strength and security of your canopy and in particular, against theft. The Whale-tail Locks can be upgraded for central locking.

There are several elements to the 3-point system:

  1. Tubular RHS alloy frame bonded to the door skin
  2. Quality Whale-tail locks with covered key way
  3. Two pushrod lock rollers are driven from the central lock
  4. Pushrod guides to hold the pushrod secure and firm
  5. Position adjustable gas struts
  6. Rainwater deflecting vinyl curtain and gutter
  7. Pinchweld rubber door seals to restrict the entry of dust and water

There are two possible fitment methods available to secure your canopy to your vehicle tray: 1) Bolt Down System, and 2) Quick Release System. Bolt down system is a universal system that is suited to all vehicles. This system uses four M10 heavy-duty bolts to attach the canopy directly to the vehicle tray.

The other system of fitment is the Quick Release System developed by Tong Metal primarily to attach Tong canopies to Tong Trays. In around 85% of cases, this system can also be adapted to securing Tong canopies to trays from other manufacturers’. Compatibility with other manufacturers trays can only be confirmed by sight inspection on the day of fitment. 

Canopies attached to vehicles when used for any off-road or 4-wheel driving activity MUST have the canopy bolted to the Tray using 4 x M10 bolts and washers. Failure to bolt down the canopy will void the canopy warranty.

fitment-1-s1e2 Heavy Duty M10 Bolts and Plate:
Recommended for off-road 4×4 use on surfaces other than smooth graded tracks.
fitment-2-s1e1 Quick Release System:
Designed to quickly lock your canopy down to your vehicle tray using off center latches. One latch for each corner of the canopy is supplied and fitted.

Please Note: Not all trays are compatible with this system. Tray analysis required.

Jackoff System

(1) Canopy Mounted on Jacks; (2) Top of Jack with Jack Handle Attached ; (3) Canopy to Jack Support Arm; (4) Quick Release System – Tray Attachment Latch

There is no need to permanently attach a canopy. Depending on the type of tray fitted to your vehicle, your canopy can be attached with removable bolts or for faster removal, the Tong “Quick Release System”.

A jack-off-system enabled canopy, allows you to multipurpose your vehicle. The jack-off system combines the purpose-designed jack off canopy with a structural reinforced floor frame. Using a set of purpose-designed Jacks; you can lift your canopy off your vehicle tray. The vehicle can then be driven out from under the canopy. The canopy can be securely stored on the jacks until required and then easily remounted onto your tray.

Jack off System Components (each sold separately)

  • Jack off canopy with the structurally reinforced floor frame.
  • 4x Manutec jacks (1500kg rated) and winding handles (compatible with electric drill fitted with 19mm socket).
  • Quick release fittings (not compatible with all manufactures trays).

MultiRack
This is our most popular choice for a roof rack. Strong and lightweight design. Awning and rooftop tent compatible. Equipped with load guides.

Extended Roof Rack
An over-cabin extension of 700mm. An excellent choice for tradesperson for extension ladders, storm water pipes, or other longer material.

Unistrut Rack
Universal channel is a low profile system excellent for fixing accessories. Unistrut is available in 2 lengths attached to the roof of your canopy.

No Roof Rack
For customers that do not intend to add a roof rack or will bolt an existing roof rack to the canopy.

Fridge Compartment

Fridge Compartment Package

A simple design with a compartment that can house an Upright Refrigerator or Chest Refrigerator and Refrigerator Slide combination. In this design, the Refrigerator is protected from the movement of other items stored in the canopy.

Fridge Compartment

  • A 2-sided fridge compartment and structural fridge mount that accommodates most fridges and slides.
  • If you don’t intend to install a fridge or slide, the fridge compartment it is an excellent multipurpose storage area

Package Weight 10-12kg

Trade Boss Package

As the name implies, this package is for the tradesperson requiring a range of storage solutions bundled into one convenient package.

Shelves

  • 1 full medium-sized shelf located within at the top of the canopy to accommodate plastic storage containers: 130(H) x 150(W) x 225(D) mm.
  • 1 half medium-sized shelf to accommodate plastic storage containers.
  • 1 full shelf positioned above the 3 drawer unit.

Draws

  • Three drawer unit.
  • One-handed, unlocking/locking for superior tool access.
  • Alloy construction to reduce excess weight.

Partitions

  • 1 full rear partition to create two separate compartments within the canopy for organized storage.

Package Weight 25-30kg

Two Draw Deluxe Package

Sometimes you just need a couple of big, solid draws, and a decent shelf to store heavy items or tools. If so, the Two Draw Deluxe Package is just what you need.

Shelves

  • 1 heavy duty, full shelf above drawers for optimal storage space.

Draws

  • 2 large heavy duty drawers 200(H) x 710(W) x 620(D) mm.
  • One handed locking for superior tool access.
  • Heavy duty drawer slides.
  • Alloy construction to reduce excess weight.

Partitions

  • Low rear partition behind drawers or full partition to create two separate compartments within the canopy for organised storage.

Fridge Compartment

  • A fridge compartment and structural fridge mount that accommodates most fridges and slides.
  • If you don’t intend to install a fridge or slide, the fridge compartment it is an excellent multipurpose storage area.

Package Weight 45-55kg

Nomad Package

Are you a nomadic adventurer, a tradesperson, or both? The Nomad Package combines a lightweight, robust and ergonomically design canopy, with ample storage, shelves, and a folding bench (885(W) x 440(D) mm). There is even a space for your fridge.

Inclusions:

Passenger Side Folding Bench (885(W) x 440(D)mm)

  • The drop-down bench is the perfect platform for meal preparation, cooking, or as multi-purpose work counter.
  • A series of plasma-cut holes around the edge of the bench are ideal for hanging cooking implements and accessories.
  • Equipped with magnetic locks, the bench in the closed position secures the contents of the lower two shelves, yet allows easy access to the top shelf.

Passenger Side Storage 

  • The 3 large shelves are often used for plastic storage containers to create a lightweight organisation system.
  • The shelf positioned above the folded bench is the ideal location to store a cooktop or similar large items.

Fridge Compartment

  • The standard layout includes a fridge compartment and fridge mount that accommodates the Clearview ES150+ fridge slide.
  • Alternatively, the fridge compartment can be configured to accept the Bushman’s 85lt upright or EvaKool 40lt fridge.

The driver’s side storage

  • The area is large and highly resistant to dust and water entry for whatever you need to carry.

Package Weight: 25-35kg

Canine Package

If you require the creature comforts for you and your 4-legged friends, then this option is for you.

Configure your canopy build and make room for your dog with the Canine Package. Now you can take your 4-legged companion(s) on your adventures. Alternatively, the dog compartment is an excellent storage compartment for items you wish to keep separate from inside your canopy (e.g., fuel, wetsuits or hiking/work boots).

Inclusions:

Dog Compartment

  • 3 door design (Driver Front).
  • Plasma cut holes positioned in the front wall and side door provide adequate ventilation and reduce heat build-up.
  • Three-point locking for superior security.
  • Generous size: 900(H) x 800(W) x 900(D)mm

Dog Compartment

  • Includes structural mounts for either a fridge slide or upright fridge.
  • Accommodates up to the Clearview ES150+ fridge slide.
  • Please Note: The ES220+ is not compatible with this internal fit out.

Package Weight 25-30kg

You can enhance your canopy with a range of options to suit your needs.

1. Drop Down Ladder
For easy access to the load on top of your canopy. The drop-down ladder is located on the driver’s side rear of the canopy.

2. Spare Wheel Mount
Spare tyres for your trip are a handy addition, mount one or two on the rear of your canopy.

3. Jerry Can Holder
Do you need to carry extra water? Add a Jerry Can Holder for additional storage to the rear of your canopy.

Dual Jerry Can Holder
If one Jerry Can is not enough, add two with the Dual Jerry Can Holder.

Note: Not all options can be combined – call Tong Metal Pty Ltd on (07) 3256 9633 and ask if you need help.

Canopy Rear Door Options​
Full Rear Door Need additional access to the rear of your canopy, add a full-width rear door.
Half Rear Door Need additional access to the rear of your canopy, add a half-width rear door.
Note:
Not compatible with any rear-mounted accessories.

Canopy Window Options
Fixed Window Let in the light. Add a fixed window in clear to the front and rear of your canopy or 31% light grey to the rear of your canopy.
Sliding Window Let in the light and airflow. Add a sliding window in clear or 31% light grey to the rear of your canopy.

You can enhance the look of your canopy camper with the option to have it powder coated.

  • Powder coat adds colour to your canopy camper to give it that individual touch. There is a range of colours available. For examples, please see the “Guide to Powder Coating”
  • Powder coat seals the aluminium for easier cleaning and ultimately keeping your investment looking good for longer.
  • Quality Preparation: Once manufactured and dry fitted, the project is disassembled into its components, sanded, acid washed, dipped in chromate.
  • The project is then sprayed with the powder coating material, baked in an oven at 200 degrees, and then once cooled, reassembled and finished.
  • Powder coat is hard-wearing and more UV fade resistant than other sprayed applications.
Please Note: On average powder coating will add approximately 2 weeks to your expected delivery time; this may vary due to peak business periods.

 

Canopies for a very longtime have essentially been a mobile storage solution. Occasionally, they have been equipped with a dual battery system to provide power for an onboard chest refrigerator and canopy lights. For remote work applications such as construction where power tools were required, a generator was stored in the canopy,

In recent years, battery-powered tools suitable for the construction industry have been developed. We now see battery power in a wide range of tools from construction to landscaping and beyond; all powered by batteries. How do you keep your tool batteries at full charge while on the move?

At Tong Metal we have created four solutions to meet your canopy electrical needs.

Dual Battery

*Electrical components shown in picture may differ from
current electrical system build.

Canopy Dual Battery System

The Tong canopy, Dual Battery System includes everything required for a comprehensive 12volt dual battery system: LED lights and 12 volt power using a 120 Amp Hour AGM Battery. An Anderson Solar Connector is also provided.

Products and Components:

  • Anderson VSR Kit – Ute to tray headboard connection
  • Anderson Connector – Headboard to canopy connection
  • Dimple Plate Electrical Wall Panel
  • 1 x 135 Amp Hour AGM Battery
  • 1 x 200 Amp Low Battery Cut Out
  • 1 x DC2DC Smart Battery Charger
  • 2 x LED White/Yellow, Dimmer Enabled Switch (1,000mm)
  • 1 x Dual USB Sockets
  • 1 x Cigarette Sockets
  • 1 x LED Volt Meter to manage the state of charge
  • 1 x Anderson Solar Input Connector
  • 1 x Anderson Battery Charging Connector

System Weight: Approximately 42Kg (Battery 35Kg)

Canopy Electrical

*Electrical components shown in picture may differ from
current electrical system build.

Canopy Trade Power System

The Tong canopy, Trade Power System takes the comprehensive 12volt dual battery system to the next level: more lights and more power using a 220 Amp Hour AGM Battery. This system also includes a battery monitor plus an Anderson solar connector.

Products and Components:

  • Anderson VSR Kit – Ute to tray headboard connection
  • Anderson Connector – Headboard to canopy connection
  • Dimple Plate Electrical Wall Panel
  • 220 Amp Hour AGM Battery
  • 1 x 200 Amp Low Battery Cut Out
  • DC2DC Smart Battery Charger
  • 1 x Battery Management system
  • 1 x 1,000 watt inverter
  • 2 x LED White/Yellow, Dimmer Enabled Switch (1,000mm)
  • 2 x Dual USB Sockets
  • 2 x Cigarette Sockets
  • 1 x Anderson Solar Input Connector
  • 1 x Anderson Battery Charging Connector

System Weight: Approximately 73Kg (Battery 65Kg)

*Electrical components shown in picture may differ from
current electrical system build.

Canopy Trade Power Advanced System

You want even more power; the Trade Power Advanced System is what you need. This ultimate system includes a 200 amp hour Lithium battery, a 2,000w inverter, and 200 watt solar panel. With this system, you can use the power of the sun to keep your tool batteries charged. And if you need to pull out the big tools, you have 2,000 watts of 240 volt sine wave power at your fingertips.

Security: Now all this power and your tools are expensive and need to be kept secure. So we have included security and safety into the Trade Power Advanced System; you also get central locking and open door alarm.

 

The Electrical Component

  • Anderson VSR Kit – Ute to tray headboard connection
  • Anderson Connector – Headboard to canopy connection
  • Dimple Plate Electrical Wall Panel
  • 1 x 200 Amp Hour Lithium Battery
  • 1 x 200 Amp Low Battery Cut Out
  • 1 x DC2DC Smart Battery Charger
  • 1 x AC2DC Smart Battery Charger
  • 1 x Battery Management system
  • 1 x 2,000 Watt Inverter
  • 2 x 100 Watt Solar Panel
  • 2 x LED White/Yellow, Dimmer Enabled Switch (1,000mm)
  • 2 x Dual USB Sockets
  • 2 x Cigarette Sockets
  • 1 x Anderson Solar Input Connector

The Security Components

  • Central locking for two doors including remote fob remote control
  • Door open alarm for two doors

System Weight: 55KG

Canopy Electrical Options

Additional Lighting
If you add additional doors to your canopy you may wish to consider the addition of additional lights. There are two options available:

  • 1,000 mm Orange/White LED Lights
  • 500 mm White LED Lights

Fixed Solar Panel (SP-EN100W)
You have installed either the Canopy Dual Battery or Trade Power System and would like to add a matched fixed solar panel. The Enerdrive standalone, fixed solar panel is the solution. The panel can be installed onto the roof of your canopy and wired into your DC2DC charger.

Enerdrive 160W Folding Solar Panel Kit (SPF-EN160W)
Enerdrive offers a great Folding Solar Panel Kit to keep your battery and 12 volt equipment charged from the sun. The 160 watt mono-crystalline folding panel kit (Im 8.61amps) is easy to stow and carry. When you arrive at your destination, unfold place in the sun and connect to your camper via the red Anderson solar connector.

240W Solar Blanket (SPF-EN240W)
All Electrical Systems have an Anderson Solar Connector available. As an alternative or addition to a fixed solar panel, you can choose to add a 240 Watt solar blanket. Solar blankets provide flexibility to their positioning in sunlight to gain the greatest level of energy capture.

Door Open Alarms
Almost weekly we see a canopy returned with a damaged door; the door was left open when the vehicle was moved and the door has caught a tree, post, wall or similar object. We can replace damaged doors, but the best option is to prevent the accident from occurring. We now have available an “Open Door” alarm system. If you leave a canopy door open and turn on the vehicle ignition, a loud alarm will be triggered to remind you to stop and close the door.

Central Locking Security
The introduction by Tong Metal of the 3 point locking system including  framed doors significantly increased the security of the Tong toolboxes and canopies. This new design toolboxes and canopies make them highly suited to central locking.

Central Locking Features

  • Central locking of 2 doors on Tong boxes and canopies
  • Add locks to additional doors if required
  • Connect to the vehicle’s electrical system
  • Uses separate fob remote that can be added to your keyring
  • Does not interfere or impact on the vehicle’s computer system
  • Uses solenoid enable whale tail locks

Additional Options

  • Add 2 x 1,000mm LED Yellow/White Lights
  • Add open door alarm

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