...Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help me figure out how to get my 5 year old son's 50cc mini-ATV across Jim Creek, with minimal effort. These kid ATV only have 16 inch tires, and Jim Creek is usually closer to 2 feet deep.
I don't think that anyone makes hip or chest waders small enough for him, so snorkeling his ATV and having him ride across won't work for a more few years.
I've come up with two concepts, to basically tow it across. The first would be to significantly lift the front end, and somehow secure it to the rear of my ATV (kind of like a towtruck configuration). With the front end picked up, it would raise the mini-ATV's air intake high enough that it won't flood out. The challenges, however, are how to single-handedly raise his mini-ATV into a wheelie, and then while it's up on two wheels, how to then attach it to my ATV.
The other concept is to temporarily attach floats to it, so that it will float as I tow it (riderless) across the creek. With fuel, it weighs about 220 lbs. If I calculated correctly, the tires alone should give around 140 lbs of buoyancy when fully submerged (plus however much additional water the lower engine and frame displace, which I'm not going to try to figure out). For additional floats, I was thinking of quickly attaching boat fenders, or 2-3 five gallon cat littler buckets. This way, it would (theoretically) float with about 2/3 of the tires submerged--low enough to be stable, but high enough to keep water out of the intake.
While these small ATVs have sealed CVT housings (so I don't have to worry about ingesting water through the CVT air intake), the air filter intake is just below the seat, or about 18-20 inches off the ground.
I don't have a trailer small enough to tow with my ATV,which I could them put his on.
So, before I can respond to requests like "let me know when you are going to actually try this hair-brained idea, so I can be sure to have a front row seat and plenty of beer", I have to first figure out how to actually make this work!
Does anyone out there have experience (successful or not) trying something like this?
...my dignity will now self-destruct in 5 seconds...