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Old 09-05-2012
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Default blue jean insulation

The photos seem to show that the insulation that burned was the cotton insulation made using the waste from a denim cloth manufacturer. This cotton will burn until it is treated with Boric Acid. I don't know for sure if this type insulation is treated the same way, but when I used to use cotton to make mattresses, we treated it with a powdered boric acid to meet the fire standards. The powder would shake out with it installed in the tailpipe chase.

Bad ideal. Glad it was not worse.
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Congratulation on the close save. Make us shudder to think about loosing a coach. fast thinking and action saved the day. Glad everyone is ok and still able to continue.
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Wow!

Thank goodness for quick thinking! It just goes to show that when there is a crisis, cool heads prevail!
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Kinda makes one wonder at the wisdom of eliminating the ladder.
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Stephen.
I agree on the smaller diameter muffler,more air gap between the muffler ad body is good.
The factory insulation is still in place,but someone added the cotton stuff,which closed the air gap up to nothing,and would not let the chase breath.

The only way you can replace the insulation properly is by removing the muffler.

I was looking at Cliffs coach,and i think theres room for a exhaust system coming out the bottom of the coach.
If i had a 380 i might be moving that exhaust system.
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I thought I wanted a roof exhaust. Maybe not.
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When I got Blue Thunder I was disappointed that it did not have through-the-roof exhaust (the only one of the major 1990 changes it doesn't have), but I've long since been happy it didn't.

Since an M380 is hopefully next for us I will have to think about what I want to do.

At dinner with the Vaughns and Duprees a week ago Joy asked "So, how do you tell you are seeing a Blue Bird when there's no goat rail on an M380?" and the answer was quick: "It's the only two-axle you will see with a roof exhaust." So removing it would remove its uniqueness, unless a goat rail was added as Jim and Nancy did.
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Glad everything worked out...I keep a close eye on mine but will be doing another inspection before leaving on our next trip in a few day!

I keep a sturdy, sectional ladder in my bay for laddering the roof...works well. Think I will buy a bigger extinguisher for the coach as well.

I like the exhaust through the roof...is the M380 exhaust system any different than other Bluebird's with exhaust through the roof?
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I totally agree about the necessity of multiple extinguishers. Very important in my opinion!

Fortunately, I haven't had to use any of them personally, but I have a total of 4 fire extinguishers stowed in my coach:

One in the overhead bay immediately behind the driver's seat.
One in a kitchen drawer below the dinette.
One in an overhead bay in the bedroom.
One outside the coach in the battery charger bay (passenger side front).

Why those locations? If there is a fire, you always want to be able to easily access the extinguisher, so I placed them in logical places based on where people are likely to be sitting at the time the fire is detected. Seconds count, so I want to ensure that I'm prepared!
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Nice save Guys and Gals!!!

This is the major reason I went with a 5" straight pipe in my coach. The exhaust tunnel is 12" square so there is a lot of room for the hot air to escape.The old stock muffler had only 1/4" clearance if that, 11 1/2" dia. so my closet was always like a sauna. I've had broken pipes in my bus to and I have a lot of burnt insulation to show for it, Not a good experience, especially when your bedroom is too hot to touch, I'll let some of you figure that one out

I wrapped my pipes in the engine bay with 6" wide ceramic exhaust tape up to the bottom of the tunnel and bare pipe through and out. Yes we all know the problem with using this on Aluminized metal, but 306 Stainless laughs at rust so a non issue for me.

You did know that sooner or latter this Epic trip would raise your blood pressure,

Glad everyone ones OK,

Frankly the real danger most likely was the traffic gawker's passing by while your trying to save the day. Emergency parking is alway a dangerous maneuver

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