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Old 10-28-2019, 01:08 AM   #1
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A Good read, am not keen on getting our Landcruiser wet above knee height, good comment about the one way valve in the air filter box.

Recall one river crossing I did, water must have been deeper than knee height and at one stage I thought/imagined that the cruiser started to drift off the underwater road with the current, anyway all turned out OK.

https://magazine.unsealed4x4.com.au/...crossings.html
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Old 10-28-2019, 09:12 PM   #2
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Hi PeterInSa,

Interesting read. I too have had my Landcrusier "floating" crossing at Tom Groggin. Kids had their hands out the window and in the water. Changed the fluids at the next service.

Any recommendations waterproofing a sprinter?
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:11 PM   #3
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Re (Any recommendations waterproofing a sprinter?)...... None

No Creek, or River crossings for our 2wd Sprinter only puddles.
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Old 10-29-2019, 02:57 PM   #4
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A sprinter will float like a boat if you get water up to the interior floor level. There are body drains all along the body skirts. The NCV3 has body cladding which attaches with holes.

There is no reasonable way to stop the water entering the body drains, and still allow it to exit.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:15 PM   #5
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We have done one water crossing recently at El Questro Gorges and it was fairly deep, about headlight high. Just took it slowly and managed to go through without any trouble. Has some water coming in through the sliding door but that wasn’t major
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Old 10-29-2019, 11:52 PM   #6
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Re (Has some water coming in through the sliding door but that wasn’t major)

To stop this happening, maybe use that grey 50mm wide plastic ( Gaffer?) Tape on the bottom/sides of the door and the body.
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:10 AM   #7
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And waterproof flooring, cupboard lowers...
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:59 AM   #8
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My son's 906 is now on it's second transfer box due, I believe, to water and or mud. It seems water gets into the wiring loom/connectors/actuators. So that it will attempt to engage 4wd on it's own at more than crawling pace. So you get some expensive bangs and that's a new transfer box. The first one was under warranty but it took a lot of haggling.
So after his experience I try to keep clear of any water/mud. Which actually suits me fine:-)

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Old 11-01-2019, 02:32 AM   #9
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Default Re: Own a 4x4 Sprinter, Water Crossing Comments from Unsealed 4x4

how high are your headlights?
A bit close to the intake vent? (T1N?)
I passed on that crossing.
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Old 11-01-2019, 11:29 AM   #10
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Default Re: Own a 4x4 Sprinter, Water Crossing Comments from Unsealed 4x4

What an interesting debate . The end result is keep away from deep water crossing with your sprinter .Had water ingest in my front wheel bearings , due to poor sealing of grease caps on my 316 4x4 & the same thing on the freewheel hubs on Landcruiser , my sons landrover 90 had a transfer case failure due to water ingest , **** happens . Crossed deep creeks up over the bonnet with a 75 series landcruiser multiple times when working field service, had all breather tubes raised etc...& of course the snorkel well sealed even crossed a creek near Karatha backward so our 55series didn't drown in the 70's . It's all in the preparation of the car .Seal the transmission/diffs etc... Love to see my 3.5 t sprinter float in any creek , & don't do it alone .Just my thoughts after years, driving 4x4 here & elsewhere .Cautious today , apart from walking the crossing , do I really need to get across now .Cheers Chris
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