From now on, even if I was just down it a few days ago, I'm scouting ahead before I drive through something. I'd been through that water so many times before that it never even clicked in my mind that it could change so much. I mean, it looked about two and a half feet deep. I'm not saying there was no change. However, here's my truck parked a relatively deep spot a month and a half ago:
Well, I don't mind running water as deep as my tires are tall. I'll run it up to the crank pulley without complaint. It's when the crank pulley gets in the water and starts slinging mud and water that I complain.
I don't start whining until it's up to the water pump. I really don't like going that deep. I've never waterproofed my distributor so I'm fscked if water gets up that high. I figure why bother when I have it pretty well shielded and everything has dielectric grease on it. Once my distributor is in the water so is my air intake.
All my vents are up high, the lowest one is the one for the rear axle which is just above the fuel filler. I've learned as long as you don't park things don't get wet except the outside of the truck because you can use the wave to create a depression. I mean, I had a water line up to my door locks and the wave was about even with my door handle. If you can keep your speed up the water will carry you through pretty good.
The trails around here are plentiful. I don't like going down them by myself though and I hate taking Jeeps because they can't get me out. So I go down the girly ones like this one. It has a lot of tight technical stuff that made my Dad cringe. It's hard to find someone to go down them with me because everyone adores mud or they're worried about their paint.
I can now see why people always tell people to buy a locker or two. I mean, hell, even with just a rear locker I'd be able to go through so much more than with open differentials. I mean, I understand why people were always impressed with how my truck could go through stuff so well with open differentials (used to cheat and use the brakes to control wheelspin). I can just crawl through stuff now and momentum isn't as big of a deal as it used to be. I still think good tires are more important than lockers though.
So when do I get to see pictures of the Rezzybed submersed in water? haha.