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Old 04-10-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Lubricating slide seals

Purchased a 3635 RT cardinal w/ 3 slides. I've read some forums that generally say lubrication of seals is not necessary. Correct? If needed, do you spray directly on the seals or on the slide and run in and out a few times?
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:51 PM   #2
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That has not been my experience.
I discovered the horror of seals stuck to the outside wall when my slide would not open last year.

Use a spray especially made for slide seals and a dry lubricant (not grease or oil) for the running gear.

Slide Out Lube & Rubber Seal Conditioner - Product - Camping World
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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I have seen people use baby power on them so they don't stick to the walls. haven't tried it yet but going to when I get my new TT . sounds like it will work and besides a little baby powder will never hurt any body.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:59 AM   #4
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A small amout of baby powder will do the job.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:00 AM   #5
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There is a sticker on my Columbus instructing me to inspect the seals every 90 days.
I don't know what for, though.
I also use the spray stuff herk7769 mentioned.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:08 AM   #6
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Where exactly do you spray? On the seal itself or on the slide body and run the slide in and out?
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:13 AM   #7
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During the initial inspection at purchase, I was told by the Tech that all was needed was to spray some WD-40 on the seal itself. With that said.... a product specifically designed for the seal may be better suited.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:06 AM   #9
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I too use the seal spray designed for the slide outs. After making sure the seals are free of dirt, you simply shake the can, spray the seal front and back, allow the foam to penetrate for a minute, then wipe the excess with a towel. That's it. You will notice the seals will be more pliable and have a glossy slick appearance, aiding in the travel of the slide across the seal.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:18 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the advice. I'll be lubricating soon. Another question. The camper has 80 psi E rated Goodyear tires. When we bought it the tech guy made it clear the psi stay at 80. I checked my Michelin LTX, also 80 psi E's, and they were at 70. As they are filled with nitrogen, I took to the local tire store and asked they be topped off. They said tires should never be filled to max pressure cold as pressure increases another 10 or so when hot. I want the max load available for my 5er. Is 80 okay?
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