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Old 06-25-2011, 12:16 AM   #1
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How do I Lube Front Power Stabilizers?

I collected my rig from RVW who did zip in the PDI, everything was bone dry, the locks on the doors hardly worked, revived with WD40, the lube on the slide gear was so dry it was coming off in flakes, needless to say I have done the rounds with various sprays and greases, etc

But can't find a way to lube the gears in the front stabilizers, any ideas? Not sure what make they are, there is no sticker and no info supplied.

Its a 2011 Rockwood Signature Ultraliite fifth wheel.
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:52 AM   #2
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If you look inside the front hatch, where the tops of the landing gear are located, you should find grease nipples on the towers. At least that is where mine are, and your camper is the same basic model.
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:05 AM   #3
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If you look inside the front hatch, where the tops of the landing gear are located, you should find grease nipples on the towers. At least that is where mine are, and your camper is the same basic model.
No Nipples. No zerks. Nada!

Where are yours on the square tubes, top, bottom, back, front. my eyesight is not as good as it was, but even with my hands i can't find any?
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:23 AM   #4
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Are we talking about the Lippert power stabilizers? If yes, I have them front and rear, and they are basically worm gear driven by an electric motor. I use Protectall Slide-Out Dry Lube for those, and other like mechanisms on the unit.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:54 AM   #5
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Grease nipples are on the front of the square tubes, near the top. I am not sure of the manufacturer though. Surprising that yours would be different, as our campers should have been built at the same factory!
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Nope nada. I did a thorough check in daylight this time, perhaps someone else can chime in.
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:24 PM   #7
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The answer I got at the cardnal factory in 2003 was to spray them with white grease. That was the landing gear I asked ant. I couldnt find a cert on mine either. May not have looked hard enough.
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The answer I got at the cardnal factory in 2003 was to spray them with white grease. That was the landing gear I asked ant. I couldnt find a cert on mine either. May not have looked hard enough.
Problem is there is no opening nowhere to spray the grease. It may be a sealed unit, never to be greased, made in China, just great!
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:17 AM   #9
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The Zerk brand fitting, (or Alemite type fitting is a metal fitting used in mechanical systems to feed lubricants) are INSIDE the front compartment on the front face of each down tube. They are about 2 inches down from the top where the cross bar attaches to the drive gears.

To lubricate them you will need a hand operated grease gun with the same grease I use to do the wheel bearings.

Note: In my camper, the landing gear was painted with the Zerk fittings in place and one had the check ball painted closed. It took quite a bit of pressure to unseat it initially, now it takes grease just fine. If it won't open you could try this Zerk-Mate Grease Fitting / Joint Cleaner - Alemite

Also, I would never use WD-40 on a door lock. It will attract dust and grit wearing out the lock very quickly. Always use graphite powder (available at any hardware or hobby store). Just "puff" it into the lock and open and close it with the key a few times to lube the lock pins.
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Brought my 5er home from the storage lot yesterday to play with the new pair Honda 2000 gens we ordered and noticed my landing gear was bogging a little. I to have a single Zerk on the front of each down tube. Had to take my nail and scrape the paint off the end to get the fitting ball free. Then I realized I need a trip to Sears for a flexible grease gun hose because the compartment is too tight for what I have.
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