SUV's water fording ability
Please state your SUV and the amount of water that can be forded. By experience.
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From my own experience...
Range Rover 20 inches or there about but it will do more as that is the conservative published number.
LR3 and Range Rover Sport 28 inches but again published conservative number.
My old Jeep cherokee would do about 24 inches on oversized tires.
Gas powered Series Land Rovers will do about 30 inches or so without a snorkel. A diesel model will drive in as deep a water as you dare as long as you have a long enough snorkel.
A foot of water will float many vehicles.
Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pick-ups.
FEMA and NOAA
Where's Mac24's photo of his H1 mudbogging up to the windshield? Couldn't find it in a quick search earlier.
Flash floods sweep SUVs off Speedway (KVOA Tucson)
SUVs are great, everyone should own at least 2. But oh dear, I see they are getting a mite less popular these days. Oops, $2.50 gas again, forget that.
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We'll have to send that one over to Mythbusters. They love that stuff!
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I have crossed a number of shallow streams (at 1&1/2 feet in depth or less) in my 2006 5.7 Grand Cherokee Limited without any problem but I know how to do it and I make sure that I am not getting rocks into the brakesby going more than dead slow and then I makesure the bearings are dry before traveling at road speeds.
Anyone who crosses 30" of water in any vehicle is headed for the garage. One does have to consider the maintenance costs
for vehicles used this way-it's really,really expensive. They may make it across but the cost is very high. So get a boat.
No matter. Anyone who drives through water of unknown depth even in a SUV, deserves what they get.
I've forded more water than I probably should have, and although it was standing still, it wasn't any less scary. My truck was stock height, with no aftermarket additions, and I was pushing water approx. 4 to 6 inches above the bottom of my windshield. I would imagine that this is approx. 3.5 to 4 feet of water. If I would have stopped in the water, I would have gotten water in the engine and inside the SUV, but since I kept moving and only submerged for 5 to 10 seconds, the water stayed out of all important areas, namely the intake. Stock, the intake gets its air from inside the left fender, and since I had enough speed, I guess there was enough air trapped in the fender to keep moving.
I DO NOT recommend you try this without the the proper water fording kit.
;Two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups. The vertical buoyancy force of about 1,500 pounds lifts the vehicle, while a lateral force of 1,000 pounds (or more if water is flowing faster) pushes it downstream."
The Underrated Power of Water (wunderground.com)
Tried our 2013 2.0L EcoBoost out on Manila (urban) floods, it did pretty well for a crossover. 650mm/26in at 10kph/6mph. Being a force induction rig made me nervous as [non-permissible content removed] lol. Good run nevertheless!
2004 Grand Cherokee (stock) through about 24 inches of water (just below headlights). Ran like this for about 2 city blocks. Have done this many times since I bought it new, never had a problem.
It floods a lot here in Houston.
FYI: I do have the "Special Edition" model with very tall 16 inch tires. Might be different than other models?