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You have to cross a river?
There is no bridge or ferry, all you need is a tarpaulin and many hands ....... take care you don't pierce the tarpaulin ..... That's how is done in Africa!
Sorry it's not a G-wagen but I will give it a try [;)]
 

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The pix do seem a little misleading.

You'd have to have one LONG tarp in front of the vehicle. The wheels are going to stay on the ground until enough water is displaced to equal the weight of the truck whereupon it starts to float. Until that point, you have to keep driving forward. You can also see from the pix, by the position of the guys holding the tarp in the first picture, that the depth drops off pretty darned quickly in this location. They needed to get the full length of the vehicle into water deeper than the height of the tires (estimating from the 3rd pic) before it would float. This location offered that opportunity, but the location would have to be chosen carefully. And having a village full of heplers around to hold the tarp doesn't hurt either.[:)]

Great picture in your bio area, Bruce. You need to post a larger version!

-Dave G.
 

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You can try this at home!

Fill a basin with water.
Take a toy-car (preferably a G-wagen), place a plastic foil or unopen plastic bag on the water surface, carefully place the toy-car on top of the plastic surface, making sure that no water does seep above the foil.
As the foil wraps around the object it will start to float!

Honestly, in a real situation I would rather travel miles to search for a possible river crossing than attempt the tarpauling exercise with a fully loaded vehicle[;)]
 

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RE: The pix do seem a little misleading.

Hipine - 3/10/2005 9:18 PM


Great picture in your bio area, Bruce. You need to post a larger version!

-Dave G.
Thanks Dave. That's my wife last fall on the AZ strip.

I tried to post a big pic like Dutch does one time and couldnt get it done. Guess I'll have to get a lesson for dummies sometime!

Bruce
 

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RE: The pix do seem a little misleading.

WOW .. that's pretty wicked. Amazing how they did that. Personally though I would rather find another way across.
 
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