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Old 09-17-2016, 06:22 PM   #1
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Lubrication of tracks on tent camper

My son in law bought an old Rockwood tent camper and it almost takes two people to slide the beds in and out. What could we use to lubricate the tracks on the side of the pull outs that wouldn't run the canvass or stain the sheets
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Old 09-17-2016, 06:48 PM   #2
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Silcone spray lubricant. I used it on everything that moved on my tent camper


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Old 09-18-2016, 07:01 AM   #3
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Dry lube...
Does not attract or hold dust or dirt....
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:02 AM   #4
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Agree with the others. I'd hit the insides of the rollers very carefully with WD 40 and dry lube the tracks.
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Everything I have read recommends using silicone spray. It will not stain the canvas. I use it and it works good.
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:50 PM   #6
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Liberal quantities of baby powder.
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Liberal quantities of baby powder.
I wouldn't recommend this for a popup. The tracks will tend to get damp easily from temp swings and humidity since there's just a little canvas covering them. You could end up with mud instead of lubricant.
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Tent camper

I had my Starcraft pop up longer than some on here are old! Always used silicone dry spray annually. First, clean all the tracks and rails. Spray and wipe the tracks and rails liberally. Avoid overspray onto the vynl Windows or canvas. Should work out great for ya.

I would suggest, do not use WD 40 for this application, as it will attract dirt, and get gummy as it dries.
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I would suggest, do not use WD 40 for this application, as it will attract dirt, and get gummy as it dries.
Absolutely, lol. I'll hit the bearings on rollers, but keep that stuff away from the tracks at all costs. I made that mistake on my garage doors once. Once.
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I would suggest, do not use WD 40 for this application, as it will attract dirt, and get gummy as it dries.
x2! Bad recommendation.
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:21 PM   #11
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I have used Slipit Sliding Compound for years.
It can be had with or without silicone, I used the latter for the top of my tablesaw and jointer back when. Use it today on old furniture with wooden drawer slides.
Safe for use on wood and metals including aluminum.
Probably have to order it online but you may find it local.
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Any lubricant that starts as a fluid will attract and trap dust and dirt, making for an exceptionally effective grinding paste. That you do not want anywhere near delicate slide mechanisms.

Best to find a dry wax lubricant, in stick form, that you apply with your fingertips or a wooden stick. Tracks will nicely hold the wax exactly where needed, no dripping of oils or silicones that can stain fabrics or wood.

Liquid lubricants are best saved for use on chains or hinges with pins that are impossible to access without soaking.
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When I had my Colman/Fleetwood. The manufacturer recommended a silicone spray. Used it for years and had no problems.
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The silicon sprays I have used are dry within seconds. Never had any issues of it turning into a grinding paste. The slides always worked nicely.
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I wouldn't recommend this for a popup.
It's OK, really. On my StarCraft the powder sort of "disappeared" leaving the tracks slightly slick.
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