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Old 04-21-2004, 06:22 PM   #1
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We're picking up our new TT this weekend. It will be our first with a slide. Is there anything special I need to know about having a slide?

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Old 04-21-2004, 06:22 PM   #2
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We're picking up our new TT this weekend. It will be our first with a slide. Is there anything special I need to know about having a slide?

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Old 04-22-2004, 07:59 AM   #3
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Keep the sides clean so they don't damage the seals.

Lube the seals regularly with a good seal preservative/UV screen.

I always mist the sides with water (spray bottle) before moving them in or out. The water will act as a lubricant and allow the slide to move easier. Less drag on the seals and on the mechanisms. You will hear the difference in the motor.

Have your batteries charged up high before sliding, or slide before you disconnect from the truck or AC.

Lube the slide rails with silicone spray every month or so. Do not use anything that is an oil or has sticky residue.
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Old 04-26-2004, 06:41 AM   #4
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Once a year I treat the rubber seals to keep them flexible. Remember to treat both the inside and outside seals.

I use a slide lubricant on the mechanicals that goes on in a spray but drys. This prevents picking up a lot of grime on your rails and mechanicals. I use the same stuff on the stabilizer jacks and the stairs.
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Old 04-26-2004, 06:57 AM   #5
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Lynngol, what (brand name) do you use on the rubber seals? Also everyone says use a "silicone spray", same question, (which)? Not looking for a dealer, or store to buy it at, just tired of reading fine pint on labels!

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Old 02-25-2005, 11:58 AM   #6
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For all rubber seals on my 5er I use baby powder, just sprinkle it on and spread with your hand!!
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Old 02-25-2005, 08:19 PM   #7
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.....I believe that "baby powder" is crushed soap stone.....would that be like adding abrasives to the seals?....huummm....geof kaye
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Old 02-26-2005, 06:51 AM   #8
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Not really Geof, due to the crystal makeup of Talc. But not to get off on another subject and to make a long story short, Winnebago also recommends it for slides.

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Old 03-01-2005, 05:13 PM   #9
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I use A 303 and it really made a difference.
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Also,......we make it a regular habit to check the top of the slide when we prepare to pack up & slide-in. You never know if you may have to sweep off a branch, pine cone, or lots of fir or pine needles.

And use whatever is reccommended by manufacturer for regular maintenence!
Good Luck! And enjoy camping in more room with your new Slide!!!

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Old 04-25-2005, 12:15 PM   #11
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I just picked up my nrew trailer last week. This one has a big 13ft slide and is our first. The tech also said to use baby powder a couple times a year. Something in the talc is a preservative for rubber. Think about it when you buy an inner tube what is it packed in, powder!!! They said do not use silicone on the seals because dirt and dust will stick to them and they will loose the sharp edge they need to scraper the sides and top clean when going in. I would also recommend you getting a slide awning. I new I would not take the time later to have one added. Also if you haven't signed the papers yet it is a great time to get a really good deal on one!!!
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If the cog wheel has grease Zerk's use general purpose grease a few strokes . Make sure you find out how to move slide in and out Manually Have dealer show and tell . Ask about travel bar or locking the slide or rods or other methods. Do not buy any jack stands for slide out room. Do get a Tripod stabilizer or make your own . Get or make chock blocks , Have dealer show and tell on hitch up . Check wheel lug nuts pull covers if you have to .Test brakes on the lot .Disconnect power cord before test of brake a way (could fry controller) make sure you get full set of instructions. and when all else fails ..........Read the instructions . Skipper entry level over fifty years
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At Last! A new use for all the baby powder we have left over from the kids and grandkids! Thanks!

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