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Old 10-21-2021, 03:35 PM   #1
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Slide key switch sticky

I have a 2000 34 ft Sea View on F53. We have lived FT in it since 2004. The last 8 years we have sat due to husband's illness. He passed a year ago. I have been taking it out to get work done on.

My slides use a key to come in/out. They are really sticky. The bedroom slide is doing OK. The livingroom slide sometimes it take 2-3 times before working. I have to turn the key back because it gets stuck (use to bounce back).

Question: I am assuming sitting for so long dirt settled in there. Is there something I can spray in there to 'degum' it? Someone said graphite.

Also, how hard would it be to switch from the key control to a switch?
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Deeply sorry for your loss ; I have no idea how my DW would handle being in your situation .

The key mechanism should respond to a light spray of silicone lube ( get the spray can with the thin tube that attaches to the nozzle ) , a quick spray then a few mins. before a trial use .

Replacing the key switch with a rocker switch control , shouldn't be difficult ; BUT ; that depends on the current wiring method .
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I have a 2000 34 ft Sea View on F53. We have lived FT in it since 2004. The last 8 years we have sat due to husband's illness. He passed a year ago. I have been taking it out to get work done on.

My slides use a key to come in/out. They are really sticky. The bedroom slide is doing OK. The livingroom slide sometimes it take 2-3 times before working. I have to turn the key back because it gets stuck (use to bounce back).

Question: I am assuming sitting for so long dirt settled in there. Is there something I can spray in there to 'degum' it? Someone said graphite.

Also, how hard would it be to switch from the key control to a switch?
You say the "key is sticky" - for clarification, is the key difficult to insert, or is it tough to "turn"?
It sounds like the mechanism is what you are having a problem with?
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You say the "key is sticky" - for clarification, is the key difficult to insert, or is it tough to "turn"?
It sounds like the mechanism is what you are having a problem with?

The key inserts fine. Just when I turn it, it sticks. Still sticking but was working first time the other day.
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rvgrandma, if you feel comfortable doing it, remove the switch and be sure the connections are not crusted over. Or, you may have someone look at it to check all the slide switches? There is an electric spray to help the connections:



https://smile.amazon.com/CRC-05103-E...dp/B000BXOGNI/


How much you get involved with this process might depend on if you plan to keep it or sell it. If they work in and out, you may want to leave them to the next person if you are selling the MH.



If you are keeping it, getting them fixed may head off a potential issue when you are camping?


Keep asking your questions on here as many folks are very experienced and will gladly assist you!
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