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Old 12-19-2015
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Go to a metal place and buy a 6x6 piece of 16-18 ga. Alu. and cut it to fit with jigsaw and pop rivet the hinge on near the top. The overhang of the flap should keep the flap from flipping over the top of the pipe. Please share pictures if you decide to make one.
Charles Atkinson
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Old 01-06-2016
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Default Exhaust Rain Cover

Well.... having had issues while camped in driving rain. I took matters into my own hands here in El Nino Southern California.

Have my bus @ home for a couple of days and decided to visit my "backyard" for some simple solutions...

Bag over exhaust, string tied to bag, Pole the bag over exhaust. String pulled tight, string wrapped around power plug... who could forget that?

Wallaa "...now hopefully they won't kick me out of the trailer park.... Just saying.

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I've been parked for 6 weeks in the "monsoons" of North Texas, and had no issues cranking up today to head towards Q, I have a stock exhaust system right now..
Lance & Linda Hall
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Old 01-07-2016
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No ladder required bag idea with "remove before flight" cord is appealing for this straight piper. However, I still like Rubbermaid jug even though a tape reminder over the ignition key hole is a must.
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Old 10-19-2016
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I am about to go back to a bird after unsuccessfully boat shopping for the last six months, but today as I was crawling around the the engine room of a Nordhavn I found what I think is the solution to this problem once and for all. Nordhavns have a dry exhaust system where the exhaust is vented to the top of the boat much like a Bluebird.

The pipe exits out the rear of the engine and then comes back over the top along the valve cover...then at a 90 degree angle heads straight up through the interior of the boat to the top of a fake smokestack mast. The pipe is cut at a 45 degree toward the rear of the boat.

A hard sideways rain could let water drain back down the pipe and into the engine.

To stop that from happening they install a small ball valve at the low point of the exhaust pipe just above the front of the engine where it does an 90 back over the top of the engine. The valve was screwed into the exhaust pipe on one end. A clear plastic hose was on the other end to drain the water into the bilge. On a bigger engine a copper pipe might be better than a plastic hose because of the heat.

The valve stays in the open position when the boat is not running. But, I assume they close it when they start the engine.

This would be easier than removing a bucket or a can from the outside pipe
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Ron & Peggy Carter
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Old 10-19-2016
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Mark Barr from great American truck parts will bring y'all a rain flap if anyone wants one will get his number 7709009421 ask him if was ok to use his phone number said he would like to see the Bird s order by nine will have parts by four
neil owens
1991 wb40

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Old 10-19-2016
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Why not just put on the proper 90 degree turnout? Looks good and works.
Ron & Dorinda Rueckwald
St. Joseph, MI
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Old 10-19-2016
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because under weird weather conditions the only way to keep water out of a stack is a flap with weight!

IMO it aint pretty but works every time.........site 42 come look
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Default Moved Non M380 posts

I moved the posts related to Sam Adams 8V92 "Water down exhaust" from this M380 Thread over to a new thread in the PT and WB Forum:

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