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Old 03-01-2016, 02:30 PM   #1
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Rusted Tail pipe

First thanks to Klucas for sounding the alarm on this issue. I looked at my 2011 and its rusted badly. There are not holes in it yet but it's badly rusted. I cut the Heat guard off and scraped it as best I could. I will need to get a wire brush clean it up better. My idea is to paint it with either a black Rust Oleum or maybe a bbq high heat paint. Do they still make header paint? Anyway I know the other post was locked which is unfortunate because this needs to be out to all Berkshire owners. Any ideas as to what treatment would slow down the rust would be helpful. Ideas as to how rust forms will not be helpful.
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:34 PM   #2
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:37 PM   #3
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As you can see l lot of my tail pipe is on the pad. Not good. I may need to replace it but would like to see if it will last. I also didn't and don't plan to replace the heat shield. Hopefully I don't see any damage form it not being in. It seems to have good clearance so I think I'm good.
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:26 PM   #4
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Wow Phil, if mine looked like that I think I would seriously consider replacing it. I did like the side exit also to get clearance for the mud flap.
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:39 PM   #5
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Phil by the looks of that pipe you are past the scrape and paint stage, give it a squeeze with a pair of channel lock pliers and if it has any give to it, replace it or you are going to lose it driving down the road which could do damage to your unit or to somebody elses vehicle.
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:52 PM   #6
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Thanks for reviving the post. It is a very important discussion for Berkshire owners. If the fix is $85.00 that's cheap for peace of mind.

I think this is a FL or Cummins issue to address. I'm just curious if either company has been contacted on the issue.


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Old 03-01-2016, 04:52 PM   #7
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Phil by the looks of that pipe you are past the scrape and paint stage, give it a squeeze with a pair of channel lock pliers and if it has any give to it, replace it or you are going to lose it driving down the road which could do damage to your unit or to somebody elses vehicle.

I don't disagree with either you or Dan. I was hoping to get a bit more life out of it. Guess I better bite the bullet and get it replaced.
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Thanks Phil, something else I need to take a look at. When/if you have yours replaced are you planning on having the heat rap installed again?
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:29 PM   #9
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Glenn I don't think I will. I believe there is good clearance from anything that might melt. If I did decide to put something to deflect heat I would use a piece of stainless and just block the heat. The wrap is definitely what caused the premature failure of the tail pipe. I wish this post would have been posted a couple of years ago I would have removed it then.
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When I was at FL in Gaffney this Jan, there was a Tiffin next to mine getting a new tailpipe. It was exactly what we are seeing with a rusted section over the fiberglass wrap. I understand the re-gen process and what type of heat it can cause so I'm a bit cautious fix should be. There has to be a better solution than to fix a rusted pipe every 3-4 years.
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