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blog large image - Hitting the Open Road? Here Are the Best Dual Cab Ute Camping Setups

Hitting the Open Road? Here Are the Best Dual Cab Ute Camping Setups

Table of Contents

  1. Types of setups
  2. Cost
  3. Where to shop
    1. Canopies
    2. Rooftop Tents
  4. Get out there

As adventure seekers, we often find ourselves off the beaten track, which usually means needing to be prepared for anything. A dual-cab ute makes an ideal vehicle for heading outdoors and weekend camping trips away. They are convenient and reliable, with plenty of room for supplies and equipment. If you're lusting after a dual cab ute, or if you’re lucky enough to have one already, here's a handy guide to some of the best dual cab ute camping setups.


Types of setups

Here at Mazda, we're big fans of the dual cab ute set up for camping in Australia. There are so many advantages over other camping setups, such as extra space, a flattened surface to lay your head, and the ease of having your camping setup always with you and ready to go. 

Whether you want to take a long drive across the coast or spend a weekend exploring the unknown, you need the right equipment to get the most out of it. Due to the wide variety of canopies, mattresses, pad covers, quilts and other items that can get in the way when travelling outside, selecting the best dual cab ute camping setup can be challenging. 

Some canopies are optimised to store tools and utilities like jerrycans, some are used to protect sporting equipment from the elements, while some are customised especially to use for camping with features such as cookers, slide-out cutlery, a drop-down fridge, and space for sleeping bags and clothes. When picking the right equipment for your trip, there are a few things to consider. The best dual cab ute camping setup is the one that works best for you and your family. The basic framework consists of a roof, walls, a lift door at the rear, and some windows on either side. It’s the storage and accessibility options that range so widely. 

For example, some people choose to deck their canopy with a fridge slide, a cooker, and kitchenware, and opt to install a roof tent, while others may reserve the inside of their canopy as a sleeping spot for themselves and a dog pod for their furry friend. The joy of ute canopies is that there is something for everyone, so it’s essential to figure out what you want out of your design and search using that criteria.


Each ute canopy will vary widely in cost depending on the type of build, materials used, and features included. When faced with choosing the best dual cab camping setup, consider your storage requirements, weight and function. The best dual cab canopies are made from high-quality materials like aluminium, fibreglass or carbon fibre. High-quality materials come at a higher price due to their manufacturing processes. 

It’s essential to shop around and find the best price on the product before purchasing to avoid costly maintenance or added alterations in the future. A custom build might set you back a couple of hundred dollars, while fitted luxury canopies can cost up to $15,000 or more. 


Where to shop

As more and more people start to realise that there is nothing better than heading out into nature, the Mazda BT 50 is one of the best utes for the outdoors. It's a car that's as much at home on the road as it is in the water or on a distant campsite. Whether you're after a 4x4 with some real grunt or just a luxury touring vehicle, it's impossible to go past the BT 50. Check out some of the compatible gear we’ve spotted below and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.


Compatible with the Mazda BT 50, tray canopies are a lightweight and safe option with a dry, lockable pod for all your camping gear. Fitted with tinted windows and a central locking rear door, add roof racks to allow for more storage and, most importantly, a rooftop tent to retire to after a long day of exploring.

Rooftop Tents

A rooftop tent opens up a new world of camping possibilities, with sleeping quarters off the ground for added shelter and protection from the elements. A dual cab rooftop tent is the perfect solution for long trips when you need to reserve the ute space for camping essentials.  Pop it open in minutes, leave bedding inside during the journey and pack away easily when you're ready to move on. 

Get out there

Open up new horizons and escape the ordinary with a dual cab camping setup. Whether you are looking for a day trip, overnight adventure or weekend getaway, create your experience with the best camping equipment.

Hit the open road and find out what true freedom is. Whether you choose to sleep in a rooftop tent, a swag, or a mattress in the back of the ute, get out and experience some of the most amazing places Australia has to offer! Whether you opt for the conventional basics or a fancy camping stove and fridge, enjoy the freedom of a dual cab ute setup today.