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Old 10-07-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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Awning track lubricant?

Just rolled my awning out for the first time (new owner) and didn't see any problems. I did notice, however, that the tracks that slide out seem to stick a bit. I'm wondering if there is some sort of lubricant that is supposed to be on them. I'm guessing it hasn't been done in a long while.

Tried googletube but couldn't find anything. Maybe I'm calling the area by the wrong name. It's the big metal tripods that hold up the awning when its out. As they slide closed, they are getting caught and need a bit of persuasion to continue sliding.
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Just rolled my awning out for the first time (new owner) and didn't see any problems. I did notice, however, that the tracks that slide out seem to stick a bit. I'm wondering if there is some sort of lubricant that is supposed to be on them. ........
giga..... First of all, You're in exactly the right place for a million opinions and a few answers. Or was it the other way around??


answer: silicon spray lube. It's a "dry" lube. Dust and grit won't stick to it, as it would to a petroleum based lube like WD40 or some such things. Spray on liberally, wipe off. Repeat every few months as necessary. The same stuff is useful on many things around your MH.
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Silicon spray would be a good solution. You might examine the overlapping metal struts, perhaps a burr or nick is also causing hang up. Some emery cloth or a file could tune them up. Also, a block of wax can ease the friction.
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Old 10-07-2014, 05:35 PM   #4
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Silicon spray would be a good solution. You might examine the overlapping metal struts, perhaps a burr or nick is also causing hang up. Some emery cloth or a file could tune them up. Also, a block of wax can ease the friction.

I like the wax idea...
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Teflon lube through West Marine is another dry lube. It holds up longer than silicone.
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I'd be afraid the wax attracts dirt. I know it does when I wax the surfboard I checked for burs and it looks ok. Its an older rig, so I figured they were long gone by now. I'll pick up some Teflon or silicon spray and let you know how it goes. I'll be out sailing tomorrow right by the West Marine. What a great board to have found for my new toy! Thanks all
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Purchased some Teflon lube from West Marine. Worked fantastically. Very happy with the slide performance. Thanks @Clayobx
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Dry lube is the way to go. It works in the marine environment which is much harsher than the RV world.
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Gigamanx, your very welcome. I live about 30 minutes from West Marine but headed their way tomorrow I'll be be picking up a can also needs to be in my lube bucket. It's, Teflon, really good on your steps if their electric or manual.
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