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Old 08-21-2008, 01:29 PM   #1
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We saw a strange "smokestack" looking pipe attachment on the side of a motorhome in an RV park in Washington state. I put a couple of pics on my website, and would welcome speculation as to what this thing is for. You can view the pics at http://www.pjrider.com/Pipe.htm
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We saw a strange "smokestack" looking pipe attachment on the side of a motorhome in an RV park in Washington state. I put a couple of pics on my website, and would welcome speculation as to what this thing is for. You can view the pics at http://www.pjrider.com/Pipe.htm
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Why didn't you ask the guy? Now I'm curious! Where did you see it?
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My first thoughts were the guy installed an on demand gas water heater. I can't imagine why the rubber thumb nuts unless it is necessary to disconnect the stack for highway travel. Would be really interesting to learn the answer.
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Old 08-21-2008, 06:28 PM   #5
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It is in the RV park we are in North of Seattle -- a bit down the street from us. Like I said on my site with the pics, we haven't seen anyone around to query. Maybe we'll see someone around in the next few days between runnning to family activities and our niece's wedding.

It does stick up a bit high for me for peaceful highway travel -- and sticks out the side a bit too.
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Pellet stove maybe? Seems about the right diameter for one, comparing it to the size of the slide topper rooler. Maybe part of a bootleg still?

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Wonder how he keeps from ripping it off near low tree branches? Yellow rope could be a wire for a SW radio ant?
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I agree it sure would be nice to get the scoop on exactly what that setup is. Hope you are able to get the answer for us.
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I am betting on an exhaust system for his generator.There have been situations when I have avoided the use of my genset to accomodate others who would be affected by the exhaust discharge (at knee level).
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Look at the picture again. Looks like the stack is on his slide. No where near a Gen.
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If the pipe is indeed an exhaust stack for something hot (pellet stove, genset or even a wood heater) the fiberglass side would suffer greatly where the base is attached to it. There is no heat protection etc.
First glimpse made me say it was a vent of some sort. But venting what? Does the slide contain a kitchen?

What about the yellow 'rope'? I think this looks more like a yellow wire. I have a a very old drop cord that belonged to my dad that looks just like it. Antenna of some sort possibly?
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GOT THE ANSWER...

I chatted with the owners last night. They installed a free-standing wood burning fireplace in the slideout for their frequent ski vacations (more for ambiance than for heat). After about a year of fighting the wood smoke inside, even after putting a glass front on the fireplace, they converted the fireplace to gas. The stack does remove when driving, and is replaced by a metal plate painted to match the motorhome wall.

The yellow rope is indeed a rope, easy to tell that in person -- yellow nylon type. We didn't talk about that, but I suspect earlier responses along the line of keeping birds etc off the roof is the answer as we have had some large crows land and walk around on our roof, and there also are geese and ducks in the park.
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Thanks. Now we can all rest.
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AFChap: Thanks for solving this puzzle. Most interesting post I have seen for awhile. The guy must be a bit of an innovator.
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