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Old 02-11-2016, 10:25 AM   #1
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Slide-out maintenance and setup

Hi folks,

I'm going to upgrade my TT to a slightly larger size that will have a slide. Not sure which model yet though. So what do I need to know about preventative and regular problems as well as setup at the campsite? One specific question is do I level the trailer slightly higher on the slide side to compensate when extending the slide. All suggestions appreciated as I know nothing about slide-outs.

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No need to overthink the slide thing. Just level as usual and run it out.

Maintenance is nothing special either. Some will tell you to use a rubber lube & protectant like 303 on the slide seals, and that certainly can't hurt. It is generally not necessary to lubricate the mechanism, but follow the slide manufacturers recommendation if it does suggest anything. I feel that rack & pinon or hydraulic slide mechanisms are the most foolproof and reliable.

Perhaps the biggest potential issue with slides is having the seal rubber come loose. Keep an eye out for missing or dangling rubber and fix it promptly.
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My 5th wheel said to use slide lube once a year. I would lube it anytime I heard the motor dragging and occasionally when the slide wouldn't start by itself and needed a nudge to get going.
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I lube the slide mechanism at the beginning and end of every season, look at the seal and wipe it down also. Other than ensuring it closes all the way and runs smooth thats it. If you hear something abnormal, stop and look don't try to force it and you will be fine.
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I think an important thing is to get level. Opening a slide on unlevel terrain can twist the slide.

We never did any maintenance in 16 years on two RVs.
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The manual for my RV advised against lubing the slides indicating it could cause problems down the road. Surprised me. I thought grease made everything slide easier. May be they are concerned with grit accumulating on the slide. Still, if the slide is in when going down the road, and it very well better be, it doesn't seem likely grit will get on the lubed bars. Any opinions?
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The manual for my RV advised against lubing the slides indicating it could cause problems down the road. Surprised me. I thought grease made everything slide easier. May be they are concerned with grit accumulating on the slide. Still, if the slide is in when going down the road, and it very well better be, it doesn't seem likely grit will get on the lubed bars. Any opinions?
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