What happened to smoke stacks?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Lucy in the Sky, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Lucy in the Sky

    Lucy in the Sky Medium Load Member

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    O sure, you see them on some new trucks. But all the big fleets have gone to those grass burner types. What gives? Why the switch. I'm sure it's to reduce cost but then what was the purpose of a smoke stack to begin with. I haven't had a truck with a decent stack in over 2 years. Sucks that trucks are getting more ugly as time goes on. Hopefully we can do something before we are all driving one of those elon musk futuristic looking dildos lol
     
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    tnevin225 Medium Load Member

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    It has nothing to do with the big fleets. It's the engine manufactures that put them under the truck.
     
  3. Knoff1

    Knoff1 Bobtail Member

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    Grass burners are lighter, thats what I been told.
     
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  4. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    Engine manufacturers have nothing to do with how a truck is ordered by the customer. The easy answer is that a 2ft piece of pipe is cheaper than a couple of elbows and clamps and an 8ft piece of pipe. And with many people running some type of anti-idling equipment it’s not as big of deal to dump the exhaust out under the truck as it used to be.
     
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  5. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

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    I miss seeing the "con trail" rolling off to the back and side on those 0 F mornings as you begin your day. Now you can't tell if maybe you're on fire or what.
     
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  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Because cheapskates need the 0.01 MPG gain in fuel effiency to stay afloat.
     
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    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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  8. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

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    But really. how can a round 5 inch pipe pointing straight up, parked in a period of 4-8 inch rain be better off with that water sitting somewhere in the exhaust system?
     
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  9. pmdriver

    pmdriver Road Train Member

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    When the new trucks go for that def burn those stacks that point at the trailer or fuel island canopy can start a fire, having them under will only start that grease strip on the ground, lighting the truck up also and making a great you tube video.
     
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  10. AZ Pete

    AZ Pete Medium Load Member

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    I doubt it’s even that much.
     
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