Snorkel Feedback

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 19:31
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I have a slightly modified Holden Adventra. I am going through central Australia in the second half of the year. Is it worth considering fitting a snorkel, or does anyone even make one for the Adventra. We did the Mereeni Loop two years ago and the result has been modified suspension. resulting in a much better SUV. Yep I know it is not a 4WD, but my wife has a damaged spine and this gives a better/softer ride for her.
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 20:34

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 20:34
I don't think that fitting a snorkel would help your car. Snorkels are mainly for deep water river crossings. It Is said that they could assist with better air intake when driving but that is debatable. Save your money and use it to stay on the road a bit longer :-)
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Follow Up By: The Rev - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 14:27

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 14:27
Thanks Willem, I appreciate the advice. Richard - The Rev
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Reply By: long haired nomad - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 23:06

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 23:06
Like William said, save your money. Probably wont be any water to worry about anyway.
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Follow Up By: The Rev - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 14:28

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 14:28
Thanks this confirms many things. We live in a dry country and have been in drought 11 years or more, so we do hope for rain.

The Rev
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 16:03

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 16:03
Richard,

If you fit a custom made snorkel to it you will not find any water crossing whatsoever :) but if you don't you can credit yourself as being the drought breaker haha

I would not bother with the additional expense, if you encounter a water crossing walk it first and if needed use a blind.


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Follow Up By: The Rev - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:44

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:44
Thanks for the tip. Reminds me of my early married life, Jen & I taking turns wading through huge puddles in the rain while Dad waited to see if we made it through, then he would drive through. Good old EK Holden- it went any where.

The Rev
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Reply By: Member - cuffs (SA) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 16:19

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 16:19
Use a tarp over the front of your vehicle it acts as a wave maker & place a pair of pantyhose over the air cleaner tied still lets in the air. I have only crossed 1 river crossing where the water was over the bonnet for 6minutes. Got water in the XTrail via air vents no problems with motor in the last 10 months so it does work, I had no choice or go back 120km round trip. They don't make snorkel for the XTrail & 4WD did help as the bottom was soft.
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Follow Up By: The Rev - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:40

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 20:40
Thanks for this bit of advise. I have printed it out and put in the book of things to do. Jen & I are looking forward to our three months travelling in the middle of the year. This will be our first long trip, so we want to be properly prepared before going. On our last trip we broke suspension and had to travel 5,000 kms with only three shocks, and no spare rim as one was cracked. No one had seen an Adventra or carried parts for it. The car ended with a distinct lean until replacing springs with progressives on the back and linears on the front & fitting steel rims all round. Drives like a dream now.
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Reply By: psproule - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 21:56

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 21:56
Rev, with respect to your choice of an Adventra for your wife's back pain.... I think you will find something like a factory stock 90 or 120 series Prado would actually ride a fair bit softer and smoother again, particularly off-road. With the damage you have already sustained to the Adventra, and the places you now intend to go it just makes me wonder if it really is the appropriate vehicle. This is from someone who very nearly bought one and now drives a Pajero (don't buy one of those - too firm).
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Follow Up By: The Rev - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 22:07

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 22:07
A bit too late to change now. Still paying off the Adventra. Next time we will look at a true 4WD.

The Rev
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