water crossings

Submitted: Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 13:21
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Hi all.
Can anyone out there give me any idea of the depth of water we are likely to encounter at the King Edward river in July or any other rivers we may encounter on the Kalumbaru road.
Have a Rodeao diesil Am trying to work out will I need a snorkel or whether a tarpaulin tied over front will suffice for the water crossings. Thank you in anticipation of your replys.
Cheers Bungarra
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Reply By: Member - George (WA) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 13:55

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 13:55
Best to phone Drysdale River Station, the water levels can change from one week/day to the next. Sometimes the KE River crossing is completely washed away and it will depend when the dozers have been there to restore it
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Reply By: signman - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 13:58

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 13:58
Probably wouldn't be a waste of time to phone Kalumbaru Police or the airport. I think 'local' current information would be more helpful.
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:28

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:28
As above, also when we passed trough last August there was no water to speak of and neither would have been needed.

Kind regards
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Reply By: greydemon - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 18:18

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 18:18
I agree with the other posts about getting local knowledge, the level can change in a very short time. When I was up there in July a couple of years ago in a Diesel Disco the King Edward River crossing looked fine, only about 40 cms on the marker and someone had crossed recently, and it's not very wide .... so I didn't walk it first.

Of course the depth marker doesn't allow for the fact that the riverbed gets worn away by vehicles crossing and is generally deeper than indicated. Also it doesn't show the unexpected deep pot-hole. No major problems other than surprise as the wave swept over the bonnet and up the windscreen but I was glad I had fitted a snorkel before I left home.

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Reply By: Sara&Mark - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 21:09

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 21:09
We went through yesterday it was approximately 85cm. We have a diesel patrol with snorkel. However petrol Prados and Hi lux's are getting through with no problems either. Petrol vehicles have been using blinds. All the rivers up here are a bit high at the moment after such a good wet but buy July should be quite reasonable.
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Follow Up By: darcla - Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 09:58

Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 09:58
Hi Everyone .
Thank you to all who have replied to my question . Very much appreciate your replys from which I have been able to make a decision right or wrong only time will tell.
Cheers Bungarra
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Reply By: Gerhardp1 - Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 10:50

Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 10:50
A friend drowned his petrol rodeo a couple of years ago. Engine relacement cost in Melbourne was $14,000. It was covered by AAMI. Before AAMI admitted the claim, we tried to find a SH rodeo engine and could only find one at $4000.

If you drown your diesel in a remote location, you will most likely abandon the car as a total loss.

So for $500 a snorkel is a good idea if you love your rodeo (and you should - they are a top vehicle).

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