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Old 04-25-2022, 03:46 AM   #1
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Slide seals

Slide seals, slide wiper seals may be the more accurate technical term? not sure. Most every time, on every slide (4) two, or three of the 4 wiper seals don't flip out as you know they should, so you end up with some sort of pick, or in my case the window awning pull rod (probably not a good idea) to pop the seal out up the side. Possible issues? Too slick on the slide walls? Rubber is too pliable or soft and just kind of lays there all limp? I'm trying to decide on 1. live with it but find a better tool for flipping them, or 2. A particular lube to cause a tacky surface on the slide, or maybe both. The seals appear to be in pretty good shape overall. Thanks for any options in advance!

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Old 04-25-2022, 04:39 AM   #2
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This is pretty much what I did for just the reason. I also keep the rubber seals clean and spray and wipe them with 303 protectant. Also when you wax the RV, make sure you also wax the slide walls.


I used this. It's more slick and will clean much better than than the stuff in the video.

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Not sure I'd want to use the grip tape - it's effectively just sand paper - I'd have thought it would damage the seals over time.
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Not sure I'd want to use the grip tape - it's effectively just sand paper - I'd have thought it would damage the seals over time.

I agree. Any moving part causes wear and the rougher, the faster the wear.

If it starts pouring, we won't extend the slides. We can easily live in the coach with the slides in for a few days if needed.
I do the Thetford slide seal treatment once or twice/year just to keep the rubber pliable.
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Just use soap and water then ignore them. Flipped in, flipped out makes no difference. Their purpose is simply to wipe excess water and modest debris off the side of the slide as it goes in.

Ours have been fine for 14 years without fussing. No leaks no horrid marks, wear or failures.

Some folks install guide brackets, bumps and other things to force wipers to flip and then find that device is adding more wear than leaving them alone.
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I have used this for years on my 14-year-old coach and have no trouble with my seals AT ALL. I ran a strip of this down the side of the slide with it open about two inches in front of the sweeps. It will guide the seals both in and out and make them line up just the way they are supposed to be. It is the same looking weatherstripping that was used by HR on my coach originally. When the slides close it seals the slides against the coach. it cost 9 bucks for a ten-foot roll.

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Just use soap and water then ignore them. Flipped in, flipped out makes no difference. Their purpose is simply to wipe excess water and modest debris off the side of the slide as it goes in.

Ours have been fine for 14 years without fussing. No leaks no horrid marks, wear or failures.

Some folks install guide brackets, bumps and other things to force wipers to flip and then find that device is adding more wear than leaving them alone.
I use silicone spray on my seals at least once a year.

2006 motorhome with 2 slides, out of 4 side seals 2 flip completely, 1 halfway, 1 about 1/3 of the way. Never had a leak as a result BUT individual results may vary.
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I just use 303 on the seals and all other rubber and plastic, inside and outside.
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I too have the issue (I use a pool que), I like Gramps idea, in fact I will do that on mine. I need to replace the wiper on one slide because it is mangled. I'm also going to replace the seals inside and out, 15-years old they won't last for ever

Anyhow if you need seals here is a place to check out, they have them all.
www.uni-grip.com[/url]

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