Originally Posted by TitanMike
Really important but often overlooked. Especially if one likes to boondock and they drive a lot on unpaved roads.
A dry swiffer sweeper to clean the side of the slides before retracting can go a long way to keeping the seals both quiet and long lasting.
Regardless of what is used, clean the sides before retracting.
I didn't and I don't do that but we were parked in Florida for multiple weeks and that sandy soil got everywhere
. I don't know if it was fine grands of sand I could not see, salt from the air, or what. I was really surprised when I ran my hand over the sides because they looked brand new but they sure didn't feel that way. The paper towels just looked dirty, not salty but salt does dissolve in water.
Thanks for the Swiffer idea. It would have saved me from dragging out the ladder and moving it all around the RV.
Why do you suggest a dry pad? Because of the alcohol-based ingredients in a Swiffer pad may damage the rubber seals or something?
"There are 4 ingredients listed: Water, Propylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether, and the mysterious “minor ingredients” and “preservatives”."