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Tradie Life - Q&A - Campbell Sullivan - Electrician

Campbell uses his Amarok for work around Sydney, and off-road camping trips.
Marcus Craft
Editor - Adventure
CarsGuide

1 Apr 2019 • 4 min read

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.

Campbell prefers the look of the Amarok over other dual-cabs in the market. Campbell prefers the look of the Amarok over other dual-cabs in the market.

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.

The wider tray handles the extra weight of tools and cabling pretty well. The wider tray handles the extra weight of tools and cabling pretty well.

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.

  • Campbell has added a bullbar to his Amarok. Campbell has added a bullbar to his Amarok.
  • Featuring an aluminium canopy. Featuring an aluminium canopy.
  • Campbell's fitted out his ute with a full 12-volt system with a dual-battery. Campbell's fitted out his ute with a full 12-volt system with a dual-battery.
  • With CB radio on hand. With CB radio on hand.
  • Campbell's ute also has suspension upgrades. Campbell's ute also has suspension upgrades.
  • Campbell has BFGoodrich K/O2 All Terrain tyres. Campbell has 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.

The 2.0-litre engine gets a bit sluggish with all the extra weight. The 2.0-litre engine gets a bit sluggish with all the extra weight.

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.

Need an electrician? Call Campbell on 0403 269 538.

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