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Bolt-Together Aluminium Ute Canopies Are Not of Comparable Capability
As of late the New Zealand market has a number of relatively new aluminium ute canopies. It's more important than ever to know what you're actually getting before you buy! Some aluminium ute canopies supplied as flat-packs (i.e. requiring you to bolt them together) are of low quality and significantly misrepresent their load capacity.
Despite several relatively new, local brands of aluminium ute canopies claiming to be designed either locally or in Australia, visually it's plainly obvious they're the same thing, offered under different brand names. All these ute canopies are sourced from China and all are copies of the original RSI brand canopy from South Africa. Claims of local design are false.
The original RSI ute canopies have a 150kg dynamic load capacity (half that of a Bushtech ute canopy and barely sufficient for serious overland builds), so Chinese copies claiming load capacities of up to 300kg are highly dubious!
A representative for a Chinese factory making these copy aluminium ute canopies advised us that their true dynamic load capacity is 100kg maximum. Claims of up to 300kg would be a reference to the static load capacity these ute canopies may have. I.e. the load capacity that applies only if you leave your ute parked and never drive it! It is of course seriously misleading for a seller to offer only a single load capacity for a ute canopy and then give the static capacity, without making crystal clear to potential buyers that it is a static limit. A misled ute owner could cause a serious road accident if they drive NZ roads, at up to 100kph, unwittingly up to 300% overloaded!
Bushtech canopies are the only aluminium ute canopies in New Zealand's engineered to handle a genuine 300kg dynamic load capacity. This has been borne out in static load tests of up to 2.5 tonnes.