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#5766170 - 05/30/15 09:59 AM Floating 4 wheeler
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Registered: 11/21/14
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Loc: Arlington Tx
Looking for several ideas to build floats for my 4 wheeler. The low water crossing at my lease is not so low and cannot get to my hunting area.
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#5766199 - 05/30/15 10:16 AM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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Is a bridge out of the question?
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#5766200 - 05/30/15 10:20 AM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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#5766242 - 05/30/15 10:44 AM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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Reminds me of when my Dad learned that a 3 Wheeler would float. Only problem was that it didn't float right side up. Was fun to watch.

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#5766272 - 05/30/15 11:07 AM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 11/21/14
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Loc: Arlington Tx
The Jim Ned creek is actually a river and runs thru the middle of our lease. Normally the water is a trickle or is dry at the crossing but all of the rains have caused it to be a little too deep for the 4 wheeler or my truck. It can run about waist deep for weeks after heavy rainfall as the drainage is slow. If it rains heavy the creek can get about 20 feet deep which i would never think about crossing and then drains quickly back to waist deep. At waist deep the water moves very slowly, no quick currents, no rapids. It is thigh deep in the picture and is too deep for the 4 wheeler so just looking for pontoons or barrels to mount to the 4 wheeler.
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#5766279 - 05/30/15 11:11 AM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 11/21/14
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Loc: Arlington Tx
In the warm months I have actually plugged the muffler and walked my 4 wheeler across but in the winter it is too cold when the water gets close to the family jewels. 12 of 14 years there has not been an issue with high water but need to figure something out in years of heavy rain.
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#5766369 - 05/30/15 12:27 PM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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Maybe a cheap Jon boat? May be safer.


Edited by fonzie (05/30/15 12:27 PM)
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#5766375 - 05/30/15 12:31 PM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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This summer, set a pole on each side of the river. Run 2 cables parallel to each other approx. 3 ft. apart. Create a block/ tackle gurney system to lift your ATV. Use your safety harness to secure yourself to the top cable. Walk between the cables to the other side and then pull your ATV over by using a long rope attached to the block/tackle. I would use at least 3/4" cable if not larger if you can find it.

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#5766392 - 05/30/15 12:46 PM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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How far from one side to the other? Maybe a few 20' 2x12's...
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#5766486 - 05/30/15 02:45 PM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 11/21/14
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Loc: Arlington Tx
The only thing preventing me from a bridge is the river can become roaring rapids when it rises. I was trying to brainstorm a floating dock to drive the 4 wheeler on and go back and forth across. I thought I would check out youtube and may have found a great idea. Just need to make sure enough ground clearance to get out of the water and up the bank. I still think this is more work than I want to do but may not have a choice. Did a search on floating 4 wheeler.

https://youtu.be/f4nCvl7hfVw


Edited by allterrain (05/30/15 02:47 PM)
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#5766498 - 05/30/15 03:00 PM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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Id get 4, 55 gallon sealed drums, build a treated deck over it. Then a rope across and pull yourself and the ATV across, like they did covered wagons back in the day. Or if you can find those huge blocks of Styrofoam like they use to float those big azz boat docks.
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#5766564 - 05/30/15 04:01 PM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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Registered: 02/18/15
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^^^^^^^^^^^ This.

I built a duck blind in a similar manner and pulled it all over a lake.
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#5766577 - 05/30/15 04:22 PM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
allterrain Offline
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Registered: 11/21/14
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Loc: Arlington Tx
here we go a multi purpose atv.

https://youtu.be/SjNq_hm-63I
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#5767142 - 05/31/15 02:05 AM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Id get 4, 55 gallon sealed drums, build a treated deck over it. Then a rope across and pull yourself and the ATV across, like they did covered wagons back in the day. Or if you can find those huge blocks of Styrofoam like they use to float those big azz boat docks.

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This is a good solution the only change I would recommend is to build or "suspend" the platform inside the drums not sit it all the way on top. After making the float or "raft" turn it into a ferry and manually pull yourself across.

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#5768052 - 05/31/15 08:56 PM Re: Floating 4 wheeler [Re: allterrain]
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Find an old pontoon boat…strip it down to a floating deck barge.
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