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#51 Wango

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 04:29 PM

Having read this and many other threads about this, have a question or two.

Any idea what average speed for a safe crossing would be, I understand the bow wake idea, just looking for a little more info. The deepest crossing for us so far has been just below the pinch weld below the door.

Is there any idea of an average depth. 

FWIW, the truck is a 2016 F350 cclwb with a flatbed.

Moderate lift on 35 inch tires, diff breather tubes raised and relocated, another area of concern is the house batteries for the camper are in a tool box behind the driver side of the cab, box is pretty weather tight, but not water proof.

Am planning a trip regardless of crossing.

Too many great posts about it.

Tnx.


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#52 Dirt Rider

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 05:05 PM

My truck has a 6 inch lift and 35" tires and water came to the bottom of my door, but remember the level changes and could be higher or lower, and there are some tight turns and more water under the train bridge as well. I would mainly worry about how high your intake is. 


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#53 Adventurer

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 05:06 PM

You can do a search online, but roughly 5mph or so.  You don't want it to come back over the hood.  If it does, you're going too fast.

 

Here is a good picture that shows the bow wave and how low the water is at the rear of the vehicle.  It really highlights what you're trying to do, create a bow wave and the water doesn't even come up high enough to reach the doors, or bumper at the rear.  2nd gear, 4-low and just enough to "push" some water.

 

https://www.caradvic...ater-crossings/

ae0838474cca0314d5e493f3fa10b4d3.jpg

 

 

 

 

Here is another (although the person may be going faster, or the water is deeper):

https://www.offroada...ater-crossings/

Jeff-WA_Water_Crossing.jpg


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#54 Wango

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 08:56 PM

Thanks guys, great info. Slow is always a bit subjective, but 5mph or so is a good starting point. 

Also, yes i worry about air intake height as well. 

A fully watertight raised air intake for a superduty isn't something i have found in the past.

Generally with water, i turn around if it goes above my rock sliders.


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Posted 09 January 2020 - 10:08 PM

The Ford Tremor (which hasn't come out) is just a Super Duty with 35" tires (which is basically how they come now if you have the 20" wheel package) which has a fording depth of 33", almost three feet.

https://media.ford.c...ad-package.html

 

 

Safari Snorkel (ARB USA) used to offer a snorkel for the diesel Super Duty, but stopped making them because no one with a Super Duty really goes into deep water (I guess).

 

You can typically drive through water that reaches the top of the tires with your truck, but if the water is moving it'll push your Super Duty down river until it settles at the bottom (ask me how I know...haha).

 

BTW, I've driven in deep water many times.  The scariest part about it is floating sideways, so don't do that.


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 10:26 PM

Have you narrowed down the dates yet 5outta6, and/or the number of days on the actual trail? I'm still interested, but tentative depending on my work flow.

 

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 02:07 PM

I haven't nailed down any dates yet. I'm pretty flexible .     I could meet up anytime  between Feb.- 24 -28th and spend up to 4 days on the trail.

 

As of now, I most probably would go around the water crossings......


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Posted 17 January 2020 - 10:28 PM

Still interested. Feb 24-28th will work for me as would the week before. I will also be skirting the water if it is higher than allowed for my 350.


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 03:28 PM

Is anyone else interested  in meeting up  sometime between Feb 24-28 (2020) and spending a few days on the road....weather permitting...

 

 

K6ON  ??


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 04:57 PM

Looks like the 24th ~ 28th works for me. I'll check with my ride-along and see if available those dates.

Checked with the bro-in-law ride-along and we're good for those dates.
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