When I wrote my first review almost 3 years ago, following my first meeting with Broc and his team from Outback Touring Solutions (OTS), and taking delivery of the canopy he built for me, I could not wait to take it out bush and to put it to the test. Wondering if it would stand the test of time, corrugations, extreme heat, freezing temperatures, wet seasons, bulldust, and the other often harsh conditions our country was throwing at me when travelling through remote locations and some of Australia’s iconic tracks I was very pleasantly surprised.
Like most of us whilst traveling we tend to look at other designs, products and set ups, not just for ideas but also to find out what works and what might not. Also, was the initial design of the layout for the canopy the right choice? Let’s face it, you often only know, once you try it out and put it to use.
Here is the verdict. After approximately 70 000km on the road throughout Australia with my custom designed and built OTS canopy mounted on the back of a 2012 Amarok, I can honestly say that the quality of the canopy from the construction point of view is still as good as it was the day, I first laid eyes on it. The design incorporates up to two (2) spare tires inside the canopy instead of hanging of the back for better weight distribution. A sealed and insulated pantry to keep food free from insects, dust and extreme heat just to name a couple. And no, I am not sponsored by OTS, just giving credit, where credit is due.
Off course the new canopy smell is long gone, and if I had my time over again, I would probably change a few minor things, but overall, the canopy is “bloody great”. Even my wife is wrapped in it as everything got its spot and is easily accessible whilst on the road (you know what they say, happy wife and we travel forever). The canopy is water and dust proof, and the materials OTS used are easy to clean and to keep it in good condition. My initial extensive research into canopy suppliers I believe has paid off in the long run. With many suppliers of canopies and storage solutions on the market, I opted for the OTS system where their team was able to incorporate several of my ideas into the final design to suit my needs.
Basic ideas like Teflon sliders for the draws (meaning more space in the draws and nothing can raddle to pieces) insulated sandwich materials for the shell, are a no brainer for out in the bush (keep it simple). And all that from a local family run business for a very compatible price, which still provided me with enough change in my pocket to put fuel in the ute and to enjoy the open road and freedom we have in this country.
Now back to Broc and Outback Touring Solutions, his after-sale service and ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction, and why I am providing another review.
After recently changing my vehicle (I kept the canopy), I was after a solution to have my canopy fitted to the new and slightly different tray of my new 79LC dual cab. Contacting OTS, Broc was able to slot me into his busy schedule on relatively short notice and undertook the required modifications to marry the canopy with the new vehicle. It was refreshing to see good old fashion customer and after sale service, and him finding yet another solution to the challenge. Thank you team OTS, pleasure doing business with you.
“Pleasantly surprised at how good it is.
I put it in myself and it was easy, it would only take me half the amount of time if l had to do it again.
The workmanship is very good and there is not one thing l can think of to improve it.
All the best for next year.”
We have just completed a seven week camping trip with the system that Broc installed in our VW Touareg. It worked a treat! And that includes the special gas strut system that was installed so we could access the spare tyre under the system - which we had to use when we got a flat tyre in the Barrington Tops. Throughout the whole process of planning and installation, the customer service provided by Broc and Tracey was outstanding. Broc states that custom is his specialty, and we certainly benefited from that. We tried several other manufacturers and retailers to get a drawer and fridge slide out for our Touareg and we were just told all the reasons why it could not be done. Broc grabbed the opportunity to work out a solution (his first Touareg) and he was a real pleasure to work with. After seven weeks travelling, we can see and feel that the quality materials are going to stand up really well - and no rattles! We also bought the OTS fire pit which is an incredible bit of engineering; so efficiently compact for packing and so well designed for great campfire cooking (we even managed a good loaf of bread). Now that we have finished this trip, we have some ideas for additional equipment, so we will definitely be back to see how Broc can work his magic again.
Ian and Helen Harris
Hi Broc and Stacey
Oh wow what a quality job, I finally had a good over it today in daylight. Awesome job and everything works a treat. That is such a quality job, I am so pleased you work to a standard it is just awesome.
"I met the owner operators of OTS (Outback Touring Solutions) at a Sunshine Coast exhibition. I had recently purchased a new Holden Colorado and was wanting some sliding draws manufactured and fitted. Broc and Stacey were exceptionally helpful and their display at the exhibition was outstanding. The draws on display were a high quality product and exactly what I was after so I placed a deposit on the spot. I had done some substantial homework on these systems but these slide out systems from OTS were the best I had seen. I was not to be disappointed in my choice/purchase, OTS contacted me and set a date for fitting in their workshop/factory in Beerwah. I am so happy with the result I have now placed a deposit for a canopy to be manufactured and OTS don't make your ever day canopy, the style, technology, design and strong build means I will have this canopy beyond the years required. My next purchase from OTS after the fitting of the canopy will be a slide out draw system for my caravan. You will not be disappointed in dealing with this exceptional family owned business and having been in sales/service all of my working life you will not find better people to deal with than those at OTS. At OTS you get what you pay for and OTS manufacturer the best I have seen. I would highly recommend Outback Touring Solutions to anyone looking for a draw system, canopy etc, great people, great product, great price, great service."
Banksia Beach, QLD
Good Morning Stacey Broc
Thank you for the great fit out you have done on our Chevy certainly has exceeded our expectations as far as your workmanship and quality, we very happy that everything fitted in ok as planned, as we do not use Facebook is there another platform we can use to help you out in regard to posting a review.
Port Douglas Qld
“Thanks to Broc and the team at OTS, who were able to custom build exactly what we wanted for our camper kitchen. After putting the camper through some rough, tough and dirty tracks we are impressed with how well everything works and the quality of workmanship!”
Just a quick update on how the canopy and everything is going. Following the maiden voyage to Fraser, everything had its designated place in the “box”. Let me tell you, this canopy is fantastic which relates to the design specifics as well as the workmanship. The whole setup now is like a Swiss Army knife on wheels.
Just returned from another trip through NSW and North Qld with varying road conditions. With the old man emu and a couple of airbags fitted the Amarok is going great with the extra weight.
As you can see with the rooftop tent, I am the king of the castle. Also fitted a small section in front of the tent for gas bottles, jerry cans and still have enough space to fit the “throne”, if you know what I mean.
Getting ready soon for the long trip to WA, and can’t wait to get back out there.