Tradie Life Q&A: Campbell Sullivan - Electrician
- Volkswagen Amarok
- Volkswagen Commercial Range
- Volkswagen Ute Range
- Volkswagen Amarok Reviews
- Tradie Life
- Volkswagen Advice
- Off road
Campbell Sullivan is an electrican by trade, and bought his Volkswagen Amarok dual-cab TDI420 Highline 4x4 new in 2015.
Crafty: Why did you buy your ute?
Campbell: I preferred the look of the Amarok over all of the other dual-cabs in the market. It wasn't as popular, obviously, and I didn't want to just go with the stock-standard Hilux or whatever, and I'd heard pretty good reviews on it as well.
When I drove it, it was more like a car to drive, whereas a lot of the other dual-cabs are still real trucky to drive, so it was probably because of comfort as well. When I drove it, it was more car-like than any of the rest.
Crafty: What's a typical work day for your ute?
Campbell: It could be anything from going to site, a construction site, and there could be a lot of mud around, and dirt and all that sort of stuff. So the Amarok, with constant 4WD, comes in handy.
Plus you've obviously got to load up a fair bit of tools and cabling – and all that weighs a lot, so having the wider tray definitely helps to fit all that in and handles the weight pretty well.
Work days are generally shorter trips, around the metro [Sydney] area, but if I take it away camping, I obviously do a fair bit of kays of highway driving and things like that.
Crafty: Any mods?
Campbell: I've done everything, pretty much: bullbar, side steps, I've got a steel tray, I've got a big aluminium canopy – that's fitted out with a full 12-volt system with a dual-battery, CB radio, suspension upgrades ... everything. I've also got BFGoodrich K/O2 All Terrain tyres.
Crafty: Do you use it outside of work?
Campbell: Yeah, I use it to go camping, four-wheel driving, and that sort of stuff.
I can vouch that it can do pretty much anything that any of the other utes can do. It definitely performs on-road and off-road.
Crafty: Any problems?
Campbell: Personally, I haven't had any issues with it – no mechanical or electrical faults. Overall, I've been stoked with it.
Crafty: Would you buy the same vehicle next time?
Campbell: To be honest, I probably would stick with one but I'd probably go the V6. That's the only thing ... the 2.0-litre gets a bit sluggish with all the extra weight on, besides that I'd definitely buy another one but I'd just go for the V6 because it's got a lot more power.