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Tradie Life - Q&A - Steve McCallum - Plumber


Steven McCallum is a plumber by trade, and has owned his Mitsubishi Triton GLX 4x4 since he bought it new in 2015.

Crafty: Why did you buy your ute?

Steve: The main reason I bought the Triton was I needed a dual-cab ute for work and play – and needed seats for kids. I looked into the other brands, but didn't want to spend as much money and the Triton seemed the best value for money so I bought it and took off the tub and put a tray and toolboxes on it, ready for work.

According to Steve, he will definitely consider buying another Triton when the time comes. According to Steve, he will definitely consider buying another Triton when the time comes.

Crafty: What's a typical work day for your ute?

Steve: A typical work day would be a maximum of 30 minutes travel – usually a lot less – to the job. I sometimes do two to three jobs in one day; as well as picking up materials from suppliers, carrying most tools every day.

"The main reason I bought the Triton was I needed a dual-cab ute for work and play – and needed seats for kids." "The main reason I bought the Triton was I needed a dual-cab ute for work and play – and needed seats for kids."

Crafty: Do you use it outside of work?

Steve: We use the Triton for some weekends away down the south coast with the family and our Jayco Eagle Outback camper-trailer. I unload most of the tools and load up clothes, bikes, paddle board, etc and occasionally head away for long weekends. We also do a little bit of four-wheel driving and driving on the beach.

Crafty: Any mods?

Steve: Redarc Tow-Pro Elite electric trailer brakes, rear suspension upgrade, tow bar, roof racks, nudge bar, and the tray: custom tool boxes each side, oxy/acetylene storage, under-tray box, trundle tray, monsoon roller door to lock everything up.

The toolboxes are alarmed; and the Triton has a reverse camera and navigation in-built in rear-view mirror.

  • Steve added Redarc Tow-Pro Elite electric trailer brakes, rear suspension upgrade, tow bar and roof racks. Steve added Redarc Tow-Pro Elite electric trailer brakes, rear suspension upgrade, tow bar and roof racks.
  • According to Steve, he will definitely consider buying another Triton when the time comes. According to Steve, he will definitely consider buying another Triton when the time comes.
  • Steve added the custom tool boxes with trundle tray. Steve added the custom tool boxes with trundle tray.
  • The toolboxes are alarmed. The toolboxes are alarmed.

I have done approx. 95,000km in the Triton so far and I am quite impressed. It has done everything I've asked of it; the cab is quite spacious, there's plenty of room in the driver's seat. It definitely needed the suspension upgrade as the payload sits so far back.

I did want to put a second battery under the bonnet, but it would be too difficult and would have to have a smaller battery, so I'll mount it somewhere else.

The cab is quite spacious, and there's plenty of room in the driver's seat. The cab is quite spacious, and there's plenty of room in the driver's seat.

Crafty: Would you buy the same vehicle next time?

Steve: I will definitely consider buying another one when the time comes. I think they are good value for money for what I am doing with it.

Need a plumber? Call Steve (SRM Plumbing & Gasfitting Pty Ltd) on 0422 533 046.

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