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Old 09-02-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Generac exaust pipe

Hi all,
We are still getting used to our new/old National 2001Tradewinds 7373, Cat 330 on a freightliner chassis.
It has been a hoot so far
I am trying to get information on how to replace the missing exhaust pipe for the Generac generator. At present it just vents out of the generator box toward the ground.
On this coach the main engine exhaust vents out through the body at the rear corner (passenger side) and the exhaust pipe seems to heat up the storage compartment next to it. Has anybody made any modifications to that part of the exhaust pipe to protect the compartment from the heat? I also need to find a stainless steel "turn down" extension tip for the main exhaust? Any ideas?
When I picked this coach up at the dealer in Florida, where we purchased it this July, while driving it back to Texas it was a lot of work keeping the coach straight and steady. In San Antonio I took it to a Freightliner shop to have the chassis checked out. They found nothing wrong but agreed that this coach was a little hard to handle. The tech suggested that I might do a front end lube. I did that with front end raised, as suggested by the tech, and it does seem to be somewhat better. A side note: I did have the dealer in Florida run the coach in to have the front end aligned by a real truck shop with a real alignment setup.
Freightliner had also mentioned that "ride height" can have an affect on handling and after measuring that and it being off by 1" in the back, I did have Freightliner adjust that while they were at it.
I also had the tech make a copy of the Freightliner chassis wiring diagram fro me (might come in handy sometime). Are there any comments on that from some of you old timers (with a motor home that is)?
I am thinking about adding a "Steer-Safe" device in the near future. Any comment on if that would further improve handling on this coach?
Looking forward to a flurry of input :-)
Cheers and all that

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Old 09-04-2010, 09:59 PM   #2
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I would recommend a good muffler shop. Not a Chain type store but one that does custom work. IE race cars, off road, classic cars etc. If you get near Victorville Ca "Howards" is the place to go.
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