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Old 11-25-2014, 11:09 PM   #1
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Ground clearance exhaust pipes

I have a 2014 30DS

I've noticed differences in assembly parts on the same models before. As these coaches have been made it appears they have progressed in design modes on small things. .

Regarding the exhaust pipes I Was wondering if mine was one of the first and therefore Mickey moused.

The pipes look poorly hung. And awfully low. My chassis exhaust exits in front of the driver side duals and hangs low. About 5 inched off he ground. My Onan gen pipe also hangs low. About 6 inch clearance.

Are they all like this?

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I'd like to raise the Onan pipe and point it back 45 degrees. The pipe comes str8t down from the generator and takes a right angle out hanging below the skirt on pipe hanger and would require I remove the pipe at the generator and cut it back up there and refit it.

The hanger for the chassis exhaust is a simple rod welded to a hanger. A crude install with no apparent ability to adjust the exhaust pipe height.

What about yours?

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Old 11-25-2014, 11:14 PM   #2
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The chassis exhaust pipe mounts with a welded rod. Mine looks like they welded a few pieces together. This can't be typical of every F53chassis can it?

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Old 11-26-2014, 09:49 AM   #3
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Looks to be the same as mine. That was one of the things I noticed on our walk through and was worried about it being so low. I also think the the black/gray drain pipe is pretty low as well.

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Old 11-26-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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I have a Gtown 280DS but it is on the same chassis and HAD the same problem...<6" height off road. I had written this into my contract when I noticed it on other models and checked with FR central engineers who verified that 9" is about standard. The larger concern is clearance above the pipe which should be 36". Don't know how that is on yours...but not a problem on mine. In any case...some heat shielding could solve that if it were an issue.
Anyway...despite my precautions...the coach arrived with a 5.5"clearance and the dealer would not mess with it for fear of liability (they said)...Found a local mechanic to put a hanger on it and now it rides 9" above the road with no issues. I did not have the same concerns about my genny pipe since it was 8" from the factory and closer to midships so less prone to bottom out. Hope this helps.
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