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I was wondering, those of you who do light off-roading in your "V"... since this car has independent suspension (varying ground clearance), how do you judge/approach obstacles regarding clearance... thinking rocks and gullies etc.?

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Tape measure???? I'm sure there will be some interesting answers, like hearing thuds/seeing parts on the ground in the rear view mirror.🤷‍♂️
 

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If your concerning yourself with that, your in over your head already and more than a CRV is going to handle. Basically if your questioning the obstacles dont take your CRV down that path, take a more mild route.

Beyond that it's a matter of your skills and being able to judge size with your eyes.

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If your concerning yourself with that, your in over your head already and more than a CRV is going to handle. Basically if your questioning the obstacles dont take your CRV down that path, take a more mild route.

Beyond that it's a matter of your skills and being able to judge size with your eyes.

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Exactly right!

That said.... .. for the stubborn minded driver..... if you insist on going off road in a CRV..... and are concerned about height of obstructions in front of you.. the best practice to overcome being in over your head ---> you mount vertical feeler rods on the front of the vehicle that are 1 foot higher than the height of your vehicle.. and move forward very slowly when approaching something hanging overhead. The feeler rod will visibly hit the overhead barrier and let you know you cannot pass safely.
 

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Thanks folks - maybe I overstated my intended use. I wasn't implying serious off-roading, but as someone coming from a sedan where even climbing a curb results in scraping - one assumes that small obstacles (something the size of a basket ball) can easily be overcome with a ride height like that of the CRV. My concern is the sloping nature of the independent suspension and how one compensates for that - perhaps a technique or thought processes... maybe always place the obstacle in the centre? None the less, thanks for the informative info.
 

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Hi all

I was wondering, those of you who do light off-roading in your "V"... since this car has independent suspension (varying ground clearance), how do you judge/approach obstacles regarding clearance... thinking rocks and gullies etc.?

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I go by ex-wife thicknesses. Though she is fashionably slender, I won't try to exceed one, though in my old Jeep I could do three without having to climb. Just kidding, of course! :giggle: :giggle::giggle:

Having had a fair amount of off-road experience, my advice is that the CR-V is not an off-road vehicle by any stretch. Anything much more than a dirt road would be pushing it. A CR-V will not go over a basketball. But my F250 4X4 will do some serious off-road duty, if you can find some between here and the next gas station.
 

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Thanks folks - maybe I overstated my intended use. I wasn't implying serious off-roading, but as someone coming from a sedan where even climbing a curb results in scraping - one assumes that small obstacles (something the size of a basket ball) can easily be overcome with a ride height like that of the CRV. My concern is the sloping nature of the independent suspension and how one compensates for that - perhaps a technique or thought processes... maybe always place the obstacle in the centre? None the less, thanks for the informative info.
Oh.. I see.. you were referring to ground clearance, not clearance of the top of the vehicle. :)

Specified ground clearance is 8.2 inches for the current generation CRV, and everything related to vehicle operation (exhaust, drive shaft to the rear wheels, etc.) ARE nicely tucked up out of the way.

A CRV should clear normal curbs (6 inches) without issue.. albeit.... SLOWLY and with both wheels perpendicular to the curb ... but I personally would not subject the suspension to this unless absolutely necessary. :)
 

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New ones, a small curb no problem, but dont do perpendicular. Angle it a bit.

My 03 with my oversized tires, as long as the gas tank cage doesnt hang up. I wont rock climb but not scared of rough roads. I grew up in the country and did crap in my first vehicles, a bronco 2 and a ford escort that would make people think twice in a stock jeep wrangler. But the repair bills started to suck after a while lol in the escort, kept to "rally racing" (drifting) on gravels with my buddies.

Newer crvs and similar have become soccer mom urban commuters, country roads ok but dont get into the back woods stuff. Older Vs, decent tires and be smart.

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Dayum! That looks cooooold.
 

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This is the way the day started...

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This was at one of the stops along the way...

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Mine is the Milano Red on the right in the second picture with the black bra.
The black one parked next to me in the second picture was nicknamed "Gadget" because of all the accessories it had (full bull bar on the front, an a bike rack on top that held the bikes upright, and sidebars).
 
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