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Old 02-25-2011, 06:27 AM   #1
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Slide Seal Chatter on Road: Do You Have a Favorite Remedy?

I've been crawling around the rig, securing wires and pipes, adding rubber gaskets, putting in pieces of closed-cell foam and doing other things do make our interior quiet(er) while driving.

One of the remaining loudest noises is the murmur of rubber-to-rubber as the slides ride down the road stowed. I've sprayed the seals with silicone with some improvement; but, I can't help but think someone here has a better choice.
How loud is your MH? Now, there is a soundmeter app for the iPhone. We ran a test of the Fleetwood and wifey's new Honda Crosstour, our current choice of toad. Same stretch of highway, both done at 65 mph. The Honda rang in at 69dB while the Fleetwood turned in only 3-4dB more.
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Where would you have rubber-to-rubber?
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Where would you have rubber-to-rubber?
I can't verify this 'cause I'm writing from Buenos Aires and the MH is in its Texas berth; but, when the slides are snug their is outward-facing seal mat'l on the chassis around the frame, and inward-facing hollow seal on the slide.

Hey, has anyone tried silicone grease? AKA plumber's grease, sold in small (1 1/4") tubs at Home Depot & Lowes. Okay, it'd take a dozen to lube the slides... We used it in scuba, great stuff.
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Slide seals

RV neophytes 2, do not use silicone or plumbers lube on the seals. Go to a RV supply place like Camping World and buy slide gasket lube spray. There is a different lube for the gears and metal slide tubes. When you spray the seals do not forget to lube the side ones that rub against the slide sides as they can squeak also. Another problem may be that the slide inner stops are out of adjustment and stop the slide before it is totally in. Go to the slide manufacturers web site and look at the adjustment procedure, it is very easy to do on most. Hope this helps. DACOTAH
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RV neophytes 2, do not use silicone or plumbers lube on the seals. Go to a RV supply place like Camping World and buy slide gasket lube spray....
I got the silicone spray idea from another forum; its use on rubber made sense, 'cause we lubed with it in the dive community.

ProtectAll Slide-Out lube is the product available at Camping World, and I'll certainly give it a try. My hunch is that it's silicone, delivered as a foam; but, the latter aspect might be what's needed.

I'll copy below yet another one. We'll see if anyone has given this other strategy a shot.

Meanwhile, I'll try the foam. Thanks!!
When we were at the Winnebago factory in Forest City, the tech there showed me his slide seal lubricator. You take a small zip lock bag, fill it with corn starch, then seal it and put it inside an old white sock. Tie the top of the sock closed, and poke a bunch of holes with a pin through the plastic bag inside. Then use the resulting powder puff to lube around seals on slides and doors. Store the powder puff in a larger zip lock bag. I keep mine under the stairs of my motor home for handy access.
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neophy the reason I ask about the rubber to rubber is that mine is the white hollow seal to side of MH not rubber to rubber. As stated don't use plumbers grease or anything like that, it will pick up dirt and dust and make a black mess. You may also want to try 303 protectant. You may want to check the adjustment as said, I don't think you should have a lot of movement.
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