Originally Posted by farmermark
there use to be a product out called dry slide it was a spray lube that dryed on contact we used this on the splitter on gear shift of the trucks we used when i was on a harvest crew out west. it was made so as to not attract dust which there seem to be an abundence of in those wheat fields.
I was wondering about the generic type of lube as well, as I hate spending premium dollars for "RV" products. There are generally two types I've found Wet (containing teflon/PTFE) and Dry (containing graphite). More importantly though, I acquired the service manual for the slide system from Lippert Component Industries (most of their manuals are online) and the manufacturer states:
"The Lippert Hydraulic Slideout System has been static tested to over 4,000 continuous cycles with out any noticeable wear to rotating or sliding parts. It is recommended that when operating in harsh environments (road salt, ice build up, etc.) the moving parts be kept clean and can be washed with mild soap and water. No grease or lubrication is necessary and in some situations may be detrimental to the environment and long term dependability of the system. Although the system is designed to be almost maintenance free, actuate the room once or twice a month to keep the seals and internal moving parts lubricated
However, one of their manuals is for motorhomes combination slideout/levelling systems. It does have special instructions for those who leave their slides out / jacks down for extended periods:
"If jacks are down and/or slideouts are extended for lengthy periods, it is recommended to spray exposed jack and cylinder rods with a silicone lubricant every seven days for protection. If your coach is located in a salty environment, it is recommended to spray the rods every 2 to 3 days
Hope this is helpful to you. I know it's what I'll follow..