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Old 10-09-2017, 04:32 PM   #1
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Recommended Slide out seal lubricant

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I'm about to take possession of a one-year old Salem 36B this coming weekend. The current owners bought it new last year and the tell me they have not done any maintenance on the slide-out seals. I have purchased two cans of Camco Slide-out seal lubricant, and I was going to use them to treat the seals before we closed the trailer up for the winter, but I just saw a video where the recommended treatment was to use baby powder instead of the spray lube. Has anyone here tried this? I am a complete newby on slide-out maintenance, but I've been told it is critical to ensure the seals dont leak, so I'm eager to do this properly and regularly. Any advice on the subject is appreciated.

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Old 10-10-2017, 10:36 AM   #2
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Baby powder works to keep them from sticking to each other and to the side of the slide. However the 'slide-out seal lube' does that and also conditions the rubber to help it last longer. Since you already have the lube, I suggest you use it. It's designed to be used on seal rubber, so it won't harm the rubber.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:58 AM   #3
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I'll agree with the advice of Bama ^^ provided the stuff you bought is SEAL conditioner and not slide out lube. Two different things.



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Old 10-10-2017, 01:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses!

I actually have 2 cans of the Rubber Seal Conditioner and one can of the Slide out Lube and Protectant. I'll take your advice and use the Conditioner instead of Baby Powder. Now it's off to youtube again to see how to apply the stuff.

On a side note, has anyone else had a good laugh at the big bold "25% more!!" that those cans have on the top of the label? When you read the fine print it says "than a 12 oz can". That made me laugh out loud, as if they had a major technological breakthough and could now make a 16 oz can of the stuff.

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Old 10-11-2017, 01:12 PM   #5
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manufactures who make slides use talcum powder to prevent sticking to surface, which can damage seal.
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:15 PM   #6
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I use a product by Protect All for the rubber seals.

https://www.protectall.com/shop/slid...eal-treatment/

They also have a dry lube for the slide-out mechanism

https://www.protectall.com/shop/slide-out-dry-lube/
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:22 PM   #7
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for treating rubber I use "303 protectant". has no petroleum, silicon etc. also best treatment to prevent or slow tire sidewall ageing.
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Pretty much anything others have advised to treat the rubber seals and flaps will work. Any of them is far better than no treatment at all.
The best...303 Protectant.
It was developed to treat rubber and vinyl, period!!! That's all it was made for, not cleaning, polishing, glossing. Just treating and preserving rubber and vinyl.
Treat the seals and flaps on My Lexi's 3 slideouts, and anything thats rubber or vinyl.
5 years old now and slide seals still look as new.
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:44 PM   #9
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:45 PM   #10
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for treating rubber I use "303 protectant". has no petroleum, silicon etc. also best treatment to prevent or slow tire sidewall ageing.
X2. This is what i use 2-3 times a season.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:29 AM   #12
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Thanks all. I do have a spray bottle of 303 protectant that I normally use on my Weather-Tech floor mats, so I think this year for the seals I'll use the spray foam I've already purchased for the job and next spring I'll give them a 303 treatment.

Thanks for all the helpful responses.

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Old 10-16-2017, 02:59 AM   #13
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What i wanna know can you use regular silicone spray? Dealership in the pdi said that is was safe?
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What i wanna know can you use regular silicone spray? Dealership in the pdi said that is was safe?
You can, but be aware there are 2 kinds of silicone, petroleum and non-petroleum based.
Anything that is petroleum based is not something you want to use to treat/preserve rubber or vinyl.
And the non-petroleum based silicone is hard to find.
Your much better off using a product that is specifically designed to treat rubber.
Lots of products out there, in addition to 303.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:23 AM   #15
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For almost the same price why bother , i alway's use products that are made for RV
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Old 10-16-2017, 12:49 PM   #16
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Thank you i was just going off what the guy said during the pdi, from what he said he has been working on these things for quite sometime..
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Old 10-16-2017, 01:39 PM   #17
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Thank you i was just going off what the guy said during the pdi, from what he said he has been working on these things for quite sometime..
You will find that most of the people who sell rv's know little about them other than what they are taught at the dealership. And, probably a very small % own one.
As far as the salesman giving you a PDI walk through, most couldn't tell you the difference between the furnace and the heat strip, where the electronic supply panels are, or how to manually bring the slides in.
That they recommend silicone...well thats the "pat" answer as everyone knows what silicone is.
Checking on a forum such as this, you will get a lot of input. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, you will run across that someone here hasen't experienced.
Plenty of good info and help here.
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