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Old 06-02-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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Tailpipe broke off, should I drive it to shop?

While washing my coach today, the 12" long stainless exhaust tip fell off. Glad it happened at my home and not on the road .

My tail pipe had rusted out and gave way where the tip was attached. So now I have a broken tail pipe that ends about 6 -7" inside the exterior opening thru which the tip passed. I have not been able to get the tail pipe out of the muffler since it seems rusted fast. This will not be a DIY project so I will be taking the coach to a local shop.

My question....should I cut the tail pipe off some to increase the distance from the coach exterior? As it is now, it will blow directly onto the rear of my rubber full length ultra guard and the backside of the fiberglass rear body panel. I am concerned about the heat causing damage to the ultra guard or maybe the body panel. If I cut some of the pipe off, exhaust will still exit under the coach but farther back from the original opening.

I will need to travel about 50 miles to the FL shop.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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if you can cut the rusted piece off you could fashion a temporary pipe with flex pipe from autozone it will be worth the few bux to put your mind at ease
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There is not an exhaust/muffler shop within 50 miles of you? That surprises me. Stick a cheap piece of anything you can find on and go to the shop. Don't be too surprised if you end up with a complete new exhaust system.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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On the way home from Florida mine rusted off, when we stopped for break I looked
and there it was just hanging by a litttle chunk of metal, rip off and drove the rest of the way home which could have been atleast 700 miles. no problems.
Put new tip on when we got home.
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There is not an exhaust/muffler shop within 50 miles of you? That surprises me. Stick a cheap piece of anything you can find on and go to the shop. Don't be too surprised if you end up with a complete new exhaust system.
Several auto muffler shops but I don't think any of them have 5" pipe and are set up to handle diesel motor homes. I plan to call around Monday to see.

I do expect to need to replace the muffler and tailpipe. The exhaust pipe coming down to the muffler looks fine.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:13 PM   #6
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I would drive it 50 miles to the shop. If you are concerned about the temp, stop at 25 miles and check the area for heat, if to warm take a rest then be on you way.

A handi tool I use to do a quick check on tires and exhaust mainifolds is a IF temp gun (Harbor Freight $28.00 read to aprox 900 deg F)
quick way the find the temps
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I might would try to find a piece of 5" flex It's fairly common, NAPA may have it along with a clamp to get your exhaust out from under your coach. At the very least it's going to soot things up, and could possably cause some damage from the heat. If you choose to drive it to the shop for repairs make sure you leave some front windows open for fresh air, you could possably get some exhaust fumes in the coach, although not likely.
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