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Old 04-14-2014, 03:33 PM   #15
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This is really OT, but WD40 is NOT a lubricant. The WD stands for "Water Displacing", and it's designed to get (and keep) moisture out of things. If they're moving parts, they need to be lubricated.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:29 PM   #16
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This is really OT, but WD40 is NOT a lubricant. The WD stands for "Water Displacing", and it's designed to get (and keep) moisture out of things. If they're moving parts, they need to be lubricated.

Then why does the WD-40 website contradict your statement?

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Myth: WD-40 Multi-Use Product is not really a lubricant.
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While the “W-D” in WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, WD-40 Multi-Use Product is a unique, special blend of lubricants. The product’s formulation also contains anti-corrosion agents and ingredients for penetration, water displacement and soil removal.
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Probably because they'd loose half their business if people used it only for what it was designed for.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:36 PM   #18
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Can a slide come out while traveling?

I do however agree that WD-40 is not the best LUBRICANT for slides. I use Tri-Flow, a Teflon based lubricant that is available at True-Value stores. Once I used Tri-Flow I won't go back to WD-40.

Sorry about trying to ruin a perfectly good anti-WD-40 campaign with useless FACTS! Lol
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Facts or marketing fluff, you be the judge.

I'm not against WD-40, really. It's a very useful thing to have around. But I cringe when I hear about people using it as a lubricant (only).
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:11 PM   #20
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Then why does the WD-40 website contradict your statement?

FROM WD-40 website:

Myth: WD-40 Multi-Use Product is not really a lubricant.
Fact:
While the “W-D” in WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, WD-40 Multi-Use Product is a unique, special blend of lubricants. The product’s formulation also contains anti-corrosion agents and ingredients for penetration, water displacement and soil removal.
I will keep using WD40 like I have in the past.
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Getting back to the original question, yes slides can deploy while driving. I had it happen to me twice on my 06 CC Intrigue. Once on the Grapevine and again in Lake Tahoe. My slides were hydraulic and the curbside ones needed positive pressure to stay closed. I had a hydraulic line break and the slide deployed. It's not a pretty site to look in the mirror and see a slide out.
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My Monaco has an interlock that kills the power to the slides when the engine is running. I hate it. I invariably forget to put all the slides in before I start the engine to warm it up.

However, switches DO go bad and if one did, defeating the interlock could cause the slide to deploy...nothing mechanical would stop it.

A lot of people defeat the interlock because the voltage is higher with the engine running and the slide motors run better. I won't be doing that. Instead I start the generator or do it with shore power connected. If we need to retract the slide I just have the DH go outside and push to move it along.

If the motor ever breaks on the big slide, I'll have a bigger/stronger one (or better gear ratio) put in.
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That would be nuts. Slides do have power during travel...so its not improbable. Someone or something would have to actuate the control to deploy the slides.
My slides have no power when the engine is running. They also have dual electric travels locks.
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I will keep using WD40 like I have in the past.
If you look at a can of WD40, you will see no claim as a lubricant.
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Very possible. many people in the assorted forums have stated "Happened to me" I will give one example of how.

I am seated on a Power Gear "Rack and pinion" type slide out. If two bolts break, it is free to move (Unless I put the locking bar in place of course) Which is why I always put the locking bar in place.
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The Power Gear rack and pinion slide out mechanism has a lever on the servo motor that must be kept in the lock position. The unlocked position of the lever allows for manual deployment and retraction of the slide in case of power failure etc. The lever was in the unlocked position when our motorhome was delivered to us new. The slide slipped out a couple of times on our 200 mile trip home from the dealer, but only slipped a few inches. After contacting the dealer the next day about the problem, I was informed of the lever, and how to position it to lock the slide mechanism. No problem since.
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