How well sealed from water is the Patrol?

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 09:21
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I’ve never been through a deep water crossing in our GU III Patrol. But since doing a lot of customising over the last year I've noticed there are a few places where water could get in.

I recall that you can see through the floor where the side floor plastic trim on either side of the front seats connects to the floor.

We spent a few weekends this year in very dusty conditions and noticed a build-up of dust inside the wheel arches at the rear, and wonder that if water could get in there, then it could easily get into the cabin.

We've got a HF radio transceiver sitting low under the passenger front seat and so it worries me that if water comes in we will be in no position to call for help with the HF if we need it.

Against all this, the vehicle seems well pressurised when you close the doors. Am I worrying over nothing, or should I be running sealant all over the car (and if so could someone please advise me of any less obvious places I should be plugging up)?

Any comments appreciated.

PS We have fitted a safari snorkel.
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Reply By: WheelTravel - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 19:02

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 19:02
As far as I am aware, no car is waterproof. If you get stuck in water, it will make its way into the cabin, and there isn't a lot you cna do about it.

Saying that...keep moving and you'll be fine! Good incentive to walk the crossing first, and have someone on standby to snatch you out.

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Follow Up By: brian - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 20:07

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 20:07
Yes water will come in,worst situation if you are stuck in deep water,say waist deep the water will be the same depth inside as outside given a small amount of time,i have driven across a river not stopping with water inside up to the clutch pedal,suggest you raise the radio to cargo barrier or similar.the patrol is not well waterproofed,in latest 4wd monthly mag they talk of opening the door of current model 4wd to let the water out after a water crossing.Patrol is no different.
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Follow Up By: Goona - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:01

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:01
If it is a nissan it wouldn't get stuck therefore it won't leak
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Reply By: wylie - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 23:14

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 23:14
i have been through a water crossing bonnet deep in Gu patrol with no water ingress, unless you get stuck and stop shouldn't be a problem

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Reply By: chump_boy - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 08:42

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 08:42
I don't know about patrols, but I know my 85 sierra/drover hightop used to float just below the bonnet. It was brilliant! The bow wave would come over the windscreen, scaring the absolute bejesus out of whoever was with me. It would then settle down, and just chug away until solid ground was reached. There was no snorkel or anything.

No water ever came in, except for near the back door, which was just a bit of damp carpet.

It's funny. I wouldn't dream of doing that in my 100 series now, but back then I was young and stupid.
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Reply By: Shaker - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 11:15

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 11:15
BE WARNED! ......... Move the radio!!!
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Follow Up By: jdpatrol - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 12:23

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 12:23
I've got the message, thanks Shaker (and to everyone else). Comments have been very informative.

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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:50

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:50
I've briefly seen fish - no joke! No leaks....
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Reply By: brian - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 23:05

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 23:05
Attn GOONA you obviously live without water keep trying they do sink and leak
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