Alternative to a snorkel ?

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 20:29
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Just wondering if there is such a device. I had a snorkel on my Troopy but not so keen to cut a hole in the side of my near new 100 Series. I'm not what you'd call a devotee of 4WDing. Purchased my diesel Land Cruiser mainly for it's towing qualities however, I'll be doing the Telegraph Track to the Cape in July and was hoping to do so without having to fit a snorkel. This isn't a money issue, I just don't like the look of the snorkels on the 100 Series. Is a snorkel a must on this trip ?
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Reply By: rolande- Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 20:46

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 20:46
Only alternative I can thing of is to extend the outlet from behind the headlight, (I assume), to somewhere closer to the fire wall, don't think this will have any advantages though otherwise others will have done it already. Have you looked at all brands of snorkel, not just Safari???
Rolande
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 21:04

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 21:04
Dad you can tarp up well and make sure you walk the creek first and find the holes.

Keep a costant speed to get a good bow wave.

And have a good trip.

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 21:57

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 21:57
I rekon a snorkel would be a must for the OTL this year.........As Eric said you could tarp up well but you "could" also drown your engine..... Ask Eric if he has a snorkel fitted to his 4x4....
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 06:12

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 06:12
Voxson I do have a snorkel on my truck.
If I get a really deep one I also tarp up.
When we have people along with us who dont have a snorkel we tarp up really well and if they are still worried I tow them across..
Peter has crossed the Jardine without a snorkel in late season a fair few years ago with good preperation and know how this is possible.
But there is no way I would.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 08:42

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 08:42
I dont mind saying that i would never try and cross the Jardine by a vehicle that i own.... Maybe in some-one elses.....

I heard that there is a trench dug nowadays through the middle of the old vehicle crossing?... Any truth to that?...
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 17:11

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 17:11
Voxson urban myth like so many others in the cape.

2 years ago we got to jardine and there was a nissan 4.8 petrol in the midle and wasnt moving.
We had a chat to him via cb and he had been there for about 15 hours and wasnt going anywhere without a salvage, we asked him what he was doing in there to start with, he said the track went that way and so did he.
It cost him many thousands for the salvage and repairs.

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 22:07

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 22:07
Is it worth risking an engine rebuild for the look of a snorkel?
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Reply By: Davoe - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 10:14

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 10:14
I wouldnt be to concerned about the look of a snorkel if you are worried about it affecting resale more people see it as a must have even if the next buyer wont take it past woolies shopping centre because at least it looks like it is ready to "do the cape" like most accessories a snorkel will enhance the value of your vehicle or at the very least act as a selling point
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Reply By: Moose - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 13:25

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 13:25
A snorkel is not a must for the OTL so long as you take the appropriate precautions. Have owned both diesel and petol 4WDs and none have had a snorkel. Done the OTL a few times and heaps of other trips where water has been crossed and never had a problem. And that includes water up over the bonnet. Don't forget to extend the breathers. Hope you have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 17:04

Thursday, Apr 08, 2004 at 17:04
Moose you would have tarped up .

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 09:31

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 09:31
A snorkel should be the first thing fitted to any 4by that will ever leave the shopping centre or the kids sports grounds. IMHO
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, Apr 10, 2004 at 07:23

Saturday, Apr 10, 2004 at 07:23
Dave tell me more.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, Apr 10, 2004 at 07:24

Saturday, Apr 10, 2004 at 07:24
Sorry about that pressed the wrong button Dave tell me more about the reasoning behind that .

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: CruiserHead - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 09:58

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 09:58
a stupid side question: what is "tarping up"?
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