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Old 10-07-2015, 09:41 PM   #1
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A different type of trawler

Hope he wasn't in a no wake zone!

https://youtu.be/Xl2rCWGgyog </SPAN>
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Old 10-08-2015, 06:08 AM   #2
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Hope he wasn't in a no wake zone!

https://youtu.be/Xl2rCWGgyog </SPAN>
The guys' an idiot.
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semi displacement ?
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Old 10-08-2015, 07:24 AM   #4
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:42 AM   #5
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Probably delivering a load of Raymarine MFDs to West Marine.
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Clearly not an owner/operator.
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:25 PM   #7
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Clearly not an owner/operator.
Exactly!
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Whether the driver did this consciously or not we have no way of knowing, but he (she?) actually drove through the water correctly. When we bought our Range Rover it came with a very good video demonstrating the proper ways to drive in various conditions including snow, mud, sand, deeply rutted roads, deep water, etc.

For deep water, the method is exactly what that semi driver was doing-- drive at a steady speed that pushes a bow wave ahead of the vehicle. Doing this creates a lower water level under the engine compartment.

When I saw that video of the truck I saw the driver was doing exactly what is demonstrated in our Range Rover video. Whether or not the driver used the technique deliberately is another matter but regardless, he or she was doing it the right way if one has to wade a vehicle through deep water like that. I've had to do it once on a hunting trip in BC and the technique works as advertised.
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Old 10-09-2015, 04:45 PM   #10
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Textbook water crossing as Marin said. You guys don't do much off-roading it seems. My money is on that guy knowing exactly what he was doing.
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:44 AM   #11
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Yup. He knew how to do it and did it successfully. I used to have a '72 Blazer that could handle water up to the top of the hood as long as I kept it going and pushed that bow wave in front of me.
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Good trawler, single engine, but sadly no flying bridge !
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Old 10-10-2015, 01:32 PM   #13
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The kind of trucker who made their reputation as "professionals". You don't find too many of those anymore!
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At least he didn't need his anchor-he probably had the wrong one!
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I don't do too much off-roading, so his technique may be perfect. But I have almost 3 million miles in a class 8 truck. So I feel pretty secure in saying his truck driving is pretty poor. If it's his truck, not too bright as he will be paying for maintenance that he wouldn't otherwise. If it's someone else's truck, he should be fired for willfully damaging the truck.

The reason you don't see many drivers like that anymore is because their trucks are in the yard, waiting to be repaired!
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If it's his truck, not too bright as he will be paying for maintenance that he wouldn't otherwise.
Maintenance of what? It was fresh water (I assume) so no harm done to anything assuming it was driven in the proper manner so as not to get a lot of water up into the engine compartment. My own vehicle has suffered zero problems after being waded in fresh water in the same manner that semi was.
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Yup. He knew how to do it and did it successfully. I used to have a '72 Blazer that could handle water up to the top of the hood as long as I kept it going and pushed that bow wave in front of me.
Oh yeh, the pop type Blazer.
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Maintenance of what? It was fresh water (I assume) so no harm done to anything assuming it was driven in the proper manner so as not to get a lot of water up into the engine compartment. My own vehicle has suffered zero problems after being waded in fresh water in the same manner that semi was.
As I said, if was his, he's welcome to the issues that might arise.

Most of the trucks in our fleet cover over 100,000+ miles a year. Our head mechanic had a different take on the driver than you did. Even if there were no immediate consequences, the driver would be providing his excellent off- roading skills to another company.

I guess, like most topics on this forum, there are different opinions. Let's enjoy them all
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Maintenance of what? It was fresh water (I assume) so no harm done to anything assuming it was driven in the proper manner so as not to get a lot of water up into the engine compartment. My own vehicle has suffered zero problems after being waded in fresh water in the same manner that semi was.
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Toward the end of the video one can see what appeared to be sudden bursts of light colored exhaust and then dark. Certianly not normal. I agree w bcam. I also have lots of semi truck experience and would never do what that guy did.
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Maintenance of what? It was fresh water (I assume) so no harm done to anything assuming it was driven in the proper manner so as not to get a lot of water up into the engine compartment. My own vehicle has suffered zero problems after being waded in fresh water in the same manner that semi was.
And it's a diesel. I have splashed a few fire trucks through streams to get to fires on the other side in my career, it didn't hurt them one bit. No telling how it got to the point where he had to drive on through it. I have no doubt he wouldn't have gotten into it in the first place if he had much choice about it, and I doubt turning around was an option.
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