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Old 09-17-2021, 11:17 AM   #1
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Darn Traffic cone bent generator exhaust pipe again Class C

This will be the 3rd time in 5 years that I've had to straighten the exhaust pipe that peeks out behind the driver's door. Always seems to be at least one cone in the highway construction zone that someone has clipped and it is now sitting out in the lane a couple of feet. I know it protrudes past the coach for occupant safety. Anyone else experience this?
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I have seen 'errant' traffic cones while traveling thru construction/road service zones but if possible I avoid hitting them (room to maneuver around them)

If not possible I drive over them ....they fold/flip/bounce
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Old 09-17-2021, 02:06 PM   #4
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I ran over a traffic cone and knocked my muffler off.
They can also get trapped under there and cause all sorts of problems .

I wouldn't run them over unless I had to.
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I wouldn't run over a traffic cone if there was any way to maybe slow down and ease around it. If there was no way around it, I would slow down to a crawl and ease over it.
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Old 09-24-2021, 05:18 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input. Each time this has been at a lane closure with no workers present so traffic is clipping along at 50ish, the lane is narrow and I tend to not jerk the wheel in those conditions unless I have to. We just returned from a 3 week 3500 mile loop mid-west Georgia - Estes park and I kind of did my own reconnaissance. I saw several that looked like they had been slapped back flush with the coach. I'll pull it off, heat it and straighten it again. Thanks again for the replies.
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Move or shorten the pipe.
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Hmmm. Ok, thanks
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There are heavy duty hangers you can add to exhaust.... they are under 10 bucks.. it's a 6in long thick heavy duty bar with pre drilled holes..and thick rubber strap and get the right size clamp.. like 1.25 in heavy duty..... get two each and add them.. you will need some mounting bolts, washers and lock nuts.. so you can stiffen up exhaust a lot more.. you can add as many as you have room for.. yes it will take you time.. do a neat job.. keep clamps pointed up.. so they will not hang on anything.. or exhaust shop can do it for you at $$$.. that is what I did.. good luck and keep us posted
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Thank you.
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Move or shorten the pipe.

That's what I did. The Onan instructions are that it should extend 1 inch past the bottom edge of the RV. Mine was ~5 inches out, so I cut it with a tubing cutter. Simple and quick.
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That's what I did. The Onan instructions are that it should extend 1 inch past the bottom edge of the RV. Mine was ~5 inches out, so I cut it with a tubing cutter. Simple and quick.
I believe I'll do that. It straightened back out again without cracking, but it's got to be getting work hardened. Thanks!
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I believe I'll do that. It straightened back out again without cracking, but it's got to be getting work hardened. Thanks!


If you are heating it enough you are annealing it. But try to eliminate the problem.
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Like Twinboat I knocked my muffler and tail pipe off on a traffic cone. My toad then ran over it destroying the muffler and pipe. Over $1000 in parts to repair. Avoid traffic cones.
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