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It’s time for a few repairs on the RV again. The Inverter has failed and the exhaust flange/donut gaskets are beginning to fail. It’s time to replace them!

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  1. No Name
    No Name says:

    Might check around and see if the old 396/454 big Blocks that were for car/trucks had the exhaust manifolds that had the donut/flare integrated into the manifold dump itself. Then you could just get a couple short pipes made up with the correct size swedge/flare to mate to the manifold and swelled at the other end to slip over the old exhaust pipe with clamp. Any competent muffler shop could makes the pipes per your desired lenght and bend specs.

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  2. Ollie & Paul
    Ollie & Paul says:

    Have you tried Mahle Original Exhaust Flange Gasket – Graphite/Wire Mesh With Sleeve… or Walker Exhaust Flange Gasket – High-Temperature Graphite With Wire Mesh Core
    pretty sure they have a direct cross from the Fel-Pro 60584 at auto zone. They may have to order. FEL-PRO Exhaust Flange Gasket 60584 – Gasket / Seal Material: Composite

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  3. Glenn 1843
    Glenn 1843 says:

    Dave I would find a metal shop that has a CNC machine and have some cut or I would cut about a 2ft section out about a ft back and put a 2ft stainless steel flex pike in so you will have some flex in your exhaust system and add a hanger behind the new flex pike

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  4. PRINCESS PRINCESS
    PRINCESS PRINCESS says:

    HI DAVE AND MISS BELLA
    BELLA BELLA LOVE'S AND
    PILOT ARE GREAT FOR
    GIZMO'S GADGETS
    SOME THINGS ARE
    OVERPRICED SOME ARE
    REASONABLE LIKE
    ANYWHERE ELSE
    CONVENIENCE ALSO MILES
    TO OTHER STORES
    GREAT FOR SHOWERS
    GAS REST AND ON ROAD
    AGAIN YOUR A GREAT
    MECHANIC FOR YOUR
    BOUNDER SAVES ALOT OF
    MONEY LOOKS LIKE
    QUARTZITE AREA ?
    LOVE TO YOU AND
    MISS BELLA 😎 🐕 🐾

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  5. Carla Head
    Carla Head says:

    Glad you are able to get some much needed projects done and it’s so amazing that truck stops carry supplies and appliances for both RVs and Trucks alike. Yeah to see a Pittsburg Hat was surprising -my cousins a Steelers Fan and I have a friend who lives in Black Lick,PA -is that near Pittsburgh? Good to see Bella and wishing you safe travels!!! Sending love❤️❤️❤️ to Bella and looking forward to your next adventure that lies ahead. 🙂🙂🙂

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  6. macdaddy macg
    macdaddy macg says:

    Thanks for taking me shopping! I had no idea truck stops had so many cool items. Maybe a custom exhaust for the bounder is in order, so that you can spec it out to your requirements.

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  7. highpower3006
    highpower3006 says:

    The joys of owning an old(er) RV, or any old vehicle for that matter, there always seems to be something that needs attention. The same thing can be said for owning a boat too. The good part is that you aren't afraid to dig into it and figure out what it needs and then fix it. When I built my camper van I decided that too much electrical capacity was barely enough so I went with as much solar as I could cram on the roof, as many batteries as I could fit, along with a 3500 watt inverter. It has been done for a while now and I am completely self contained, including a 120VAC refrigerator/freezer, microwave, toaster oven, etc.. I even use a vacuum to clean with. All that fits in my converted GMC 15 passenger van with a Fiberine high top.

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  8. tom malich
    tom malich says:

    I drove a tractor trailer 20 yrs. Used numerous inverters. I right now am like you. have a class a. I run a 3000 watt pure sine. That bad boy powers everything if needed. I setup a battery bank and have it wired right in. I ordered this inverter off of amazon. Have two that I picked up at Loves. The Pure sine wave costs more but you get a solid performance. The modified sine inverters are good to, Just depends how much you want to invest.

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  9. Sapphire Sword
    Sapphire Sword says:

    Doughnut gaskets may not be the issue Dave.
    Look down the exhaust pipe –
    Look at the mounts for the pipe running the length of the rig.

    If they are solid to the frame – then they are probably your issue.
    The pipe straps should be flexible.
    My bus has a leather strap tying the exhaust pipe to the bus frame.
    Those pipes need to flex,
    if they can't that doughnut gasket will brake or wear away fast.

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