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Old 01-15-2018, 02:44 PM   #1
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Who's lubed their slide mechanics ?

I tried to avoid the obvious double entendres and this is the best I could do.

I'm seriously interested in what product, and the application thereof, any of you have used to lubricate the mechanical components of your slide outs.

Under mine, I think it's an LCI system are two square metal gear tracks that run across the chassis, one of which has a screwjack in a round tube attached to it. And a drive shaft running between the two tracks running fore and aft with a pinion at each end engaged in the tracks presumably to keep the assembly moving squarely when the screwjack does all the work.

Everything seems to be devoid of grease, and being old school (If it moves grease it, if it doesn't move paint it, and if you can't grease or paint it polish it!) I'm tempted to slather it on all the matting surfaces.

Here's your opportunity to lead me in the right direction please, or if nothing else add some humor by describing your preferred method of lubrication......... There, I've opened the door for you....
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:02 PM   #2
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It doesn't need grease.
When you are moving down the road, it's not subject to any road grime because it's retracted. If you do (slather) grease all over it, be prepared for a mess inside on the floor/carpet.
When you have the slide out, look it over and see if there is any dirt, sand, crud in the splines. If there is wire brush it out. They use to have an aerosol for spraying on the splines, but I really don't think it's necessary. After all, it's not a high speed mechanism by any means.
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:48 PM   #3
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Lci states wash with soap and water only.
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I use a dry spray-on graphite. Just a light coat on the gear teeth.
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I use a dedicated product. Spray about twice a year after cleaning it.
https://www.amazon.com/Premium-RV-Sl.../dp/B000TRBIG4
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I use the same product as Mark5W. I usually only do one month long trip per year and lube it before I go.
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Old 01-15-2018, 07:00 PM   #7
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I use a dedicated product. Spray about twice a year after cleaning it.
https://www.amazon.com/Premium-RV-Sl.../dp/B000TRBIG4
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I use the same product as Mark5W. I usually only do one month long trip per year and lube it before I go.
Why do you guys do it?
It's not necessary. I've had a can of that stuff sitting on the shelf for years.
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Old 01-15-2018, 07:13 PM   #8
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I've used this for years on the hydraulic slides, Schwintech slide motors & gears (recommended regularly), door locks, hinges, if it moves it gets sprayed. It has the same ingredients ( Ceflon/Teflon) as the higher priced sprays for about a 1/3 of the price from Wal-Mart. DO NOT use regular WD40, it's a dirt/dust magnet, but they do make a silicone spray that can be used.
While speaking of slides, the factory service center recommended using Pledge furniture polish on all of the slide seals & any other weather seals throughout your rv, dirt doesn't stick & is much cheaper (I buy the imitation at dollars stores) than the dedicated seal conditioners from rv stores.
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Lci states wash with soap and water only.
Probably the best answer on here.

Just because a person gets in the habit of doing the same thing for years, doesn't mean it's right.
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