A ladder rack is a very common accessory chosen by ute owners who use their vehicle for work. Ute ladders are custom fitted and installed directly into the tray of your ute and give tradies the chance to carry oversized items – such as pipes, tubes, ladders, wood, guttering etc. safely over the top of the cabin of your ute. This practically doubles the amount of cargo space, and it allows you to carry long items flat. There is nothing worse than long ladders, pipes and poles etc. having to sit at an angle in the tray of the ute, resting against the cabin, or overhanging the tray of your ute.
A ute ladder allows you to carry what you need, safely and securely, no rolling around, no getting bent or damaged. These items aren’t slipping around damaging the tray of your ute either.
A ute ladder practically doubles the amount of cargo space you have available to use.
There are so many options available today when it comes to products to help customise your ute, from ute tool boxes and ute tray liners to ladder racks. It can become quite difficult to pick the ladder rack that suits you, your ute and your needs. Racks play a huge part when it comes to being able to carry all the tools and essentials a tradie needs – from ladders and pipes and boards to other bulky items.
Ladder racks are generally very durable, lightweight and flexible; they can be easy to set up, they are so easy to use and have been made to be able to bear quite a load.
Ladder racks are quite popular these days and are the perfect add on for your ute – from Traddies to people offering transportation services – couriers, movers and packers, home handymen etc. The most important feature of installing a ladder rack is it gives you more load capacity for your ute. Some ute ladders can be removed when they are not in use, while others fold down.
Ultimately when it comes to choosing the best ladder rack for your ute and needs, there are some factors that you need to consider. These include –
- Your needs – you need to work out what your needs are first, THEN you can move onto the next step – choosing the ladder rack that’s right for your vehicle. Racks generally come in two main materials – steel and aluminium. They are then also available in different sizes and designs while others can be custom made to suit your needs.
- Explore your options – ladder racks have been classified into three main categories – Utility, lock-down and drop-down. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the different styles of ladder racks available and get to know the different styles of racks available along with their strengths and weaknesses. This will help you to better understand the basic specifications and limitations, along with the pros and cons and which vehicles each ladder rack is best suited to
- Make your comparisons based on the styles and features of the ladder racks available – Once you have narrowed down your options, then it’s time to compare the prices and features of each rack style to find the one that is best suited to your vehicle and your needs. Steel and aluminium are two of the most used and well renown ladder rack styles globally. If you want a material that looks great, is very lights and is rust and corrosion free then a ladder rack made out of aluminium is perfect for your vehicle and your needs. On the other hand, if you are looking for a ladder rack that is very durable and strong then you would need to install a steel ladder rack as they are the strongest racks available.