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Old 03-18-2014, 12:21 AM   #1
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Why does does generator exhaust point out the side???

I've always wondered this, there must be a reason. I've had a couple class A's where the generator is in the middle of the coach so I can see why it would be on them, but my current model has the generator in the back and would have been no problem to route it straight out the back. We take our MH to the coast to ride atv's a lot and most of the campgrounds there we stay in are nothing more than parking lots. Nothing like some rude [moderator edit] running his generator all day blowing exhaust right at you. On more than one occasion have had to go and explain my point of view to my neighbor We run a Honda inverter 2k generator most of the time except when we need to use the microwave just to be considerate of the people beside us. I wish more people would take the hint...

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Old 03-18-2014, 06:09 AM   #2
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Good question. It could be because it would sit too low and get crushed on certain roads. On our coach, the trailer connector is on the bottom of the hitch assembly (lowest point on the coach). Upon entering a gas station with an incline the connector and bracket got crushed.

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I would suggest the back pressure cavity behind the rig as you go down the road.....
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:40 AM   #4
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Maybe they don't want generator exhaust filling your toad.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:15 AM   #5
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Not always... Winnebago Vista/Itasca Sunstar 27 series and 35 series have straight pipes out the back.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:20 PM   #6
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Not always... Winnebago Vista/Itasca Sunstar 27 series and 35 series have straight pipes out the back.
X2 with my 35A.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:36 PM   #8
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Mine is also out the back of the motorhome. It is very close to the bumper so there will be a lot more damage than just a tail pipe if we hit something that high. My guess it was just for convenience. If you want it out the back and there are no windows, openings, or other possible exhaust fume entry points you can just reroute your pipe to where you need it.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:55 PM   #9
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Yup - our Bounder has it exiting straight out the back - never had a problem with it.
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Yup - our Bounder has it exiting straight out the back - never had a problem with it.
Same here ( same MH ). Our bedroom window is directly above the gen set. Exhaust in rear makes sense.

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Some do, some do not, I suspect it is one of two things.

Cost, as someone up-thread suggested or what happens if you "Bottom out' the rear of your coach.

Cost me a supplemental brake controller and a safety cable so far (I am learning how to route those suckers so that won't happen).

The proper way would be to route 'em up up and away,, but alas, that takes a Gen-Turi.
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My gen is out the back. If it went out the side, it would be under the bedroom slide. Not good. Even with it out the back, I use a Genturi to be a good neighbor.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:28 AM   #13
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My answer for a "Why" question is "Why Not"?

The exhaust pipe has to point somewhere!

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Mine comes out about a foot in front of the bedroom slide which is where the head of the bed is. We will NEVER sleep with generator on. Tiffin should have given more thought to its placement of the exhaust. If I find that when we retire that we'll use it more I'll change the pipe to run out the back or get one of those exhaust things that run up the side.

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