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Old 03-25-2019, 01:29 PM   #1
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Baby Powder and 303 Aerospace UV Protectant

Relative newbie, I have searched the forums and I cannot find my answers.

We were caught in a horrendous downpour and now our 4 month old coach has developed very loud screeching when full wall slide is extended or retracted.

It looks like posters on this forum use both Baby Powder and 303 for squeaky slides.

Are these 2 products to remedy the same issue, or are they doing something different.

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Normal baby powder has mineral oil in it
Mineral oil softens and rots rubber.
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:54 PM   #3
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Both are used for the SEALS/WIPERS not as a 'lubricant' for actuating mechanisms


Need to ID source of noise....scraping due to misalignment, binding, broken gear drives, rollers etc




FYI........
I use a sock FULL of baby powder to DUST my slide out seals/wipers.
Been using it since 5th wheel was new.....2007. That is 12 yrs and OEM seals/wipers are great ....no deterioration etc.
Just soft as a freshly powdered babys butt



Talcum Powder is a mineral made up of magnesium, silicon, oxygen
Baby Power can contain Talc or Cornstarch
No mineral oil.

Both absorb moisture and reduce friction
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:38 PM   #4
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Baby powder (talc) is what Newmar recommends for lubricating slide seals.
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I use the baby powder for a different reason. Often you'll open your slides after sitting for awhile and you can hear them pop lose. That's the seal getting stuck to the coach. About once a year, I fill a sock with about a 1/2 cup of baby powder and attach it to a pole. I get up on a ladder, and with the slides open, I stick the pole under the slide cover and whack the sock against the seals from one end to the other.
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check the rub plates under the fws and see it they are scratched. I found one spot that the wood was grooved...factory fixed it but never said what caused it!
I am curious what people have used on the HWH FWS for the nylon rub pads.
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check the rub plates under the fws and see it they are scratched. I found one spot that the wood was grooved...factory fixed it but never said what caused it!

I am curious what people have used on the HWH FWS for the nylon rub pads.
On the 5th wheel I used teflon spray, worked very well

On the slide seals 303 and it works well
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Mine really screech but I believe it is an excellent warning sign for anybody standing next to the slide so they will know to move out of the way.

Hence I don't do anything to them. They don't leak so I'm a happy camper.
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On the 5th wheel I used teflon spray, worked very well

On the slide seals 303 and it works well
Dry Teflon spray here as well.
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No, the two don't address the same issues. 303 is a UV protectant, and as mentioned above baby powder helps to keep the rubber from sticking to itself, thus reducing friction.
As another poster stated, check where the noise is coming from and be sure your slideout mechanisms are properly lubricated. Boeshield T9 is excellent for lubrication.
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I had my bedroom slide adjusted, but it still made some noise. As I watched from the outside, I realized the Girard awning covers were really stout and appeared to be binding just before full closure. I got on a ladder and sprayed both ends of the metal interlocking cover strips, about three joints. I think they bind as they fully close and encase the cover. Spraying the joints at both ends seemed to help.
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You guys are the best !

Thank you for giving so freely with your hard earned knowledge ...

Now do you have a solution for my old body not to hurt after crawling under the beast ?

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I don't know what kind of slide you have but mine is a Schwintek/Lippert In Wall and they recommend CRC Power Lube, https://www.amazon.com/CRC-Industrial-Performance-Lubricant-weight/dp/B000P1E7ZS/ref=sr_1_1?hvadid=177808162495&hvdev=t&hvlocphy=90 10693&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=b&hvrand=1085760123 0250946014&hvtargid=kwd-75742155416&keywords=crc+power+lube+with+ptfe&qid= 1553601391&s=gateway&sr=8-1.
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