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Old 10-29-2021, 10:50 PM   #1
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Sticky Slide-out seals

I treat my slide seals every 4-6 months. I previously used 3M slide conditioner and then 303 Protectorate. The seals have stayed supple and pliable but I still have an issue. Our 2005 Safari Cheetah has two bulb wiper seals and logic would say that when the slides go out when wipers should too, and when the slides go in the wiper blade should turn in as well. In our case when the slide goes out the wiper blade will in part go out while other sections stay turned in. Likewise when the slides go in. I have made sure the slide wall exteriors are clean and have treated the seals are treated inside and out.


What methods or products do you use to keep your seals working properly?
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They are not seals...they are 'wipers' and will work whether they flip or not

Some folks OCD over them...buy stair thread anti-slip with adhesive backing and apply strips to top/sidewalls to cause wipers to flip

I treat my Seals and wipers with sock that has baby powder in it.
Seals & Wipers are supple/pliable and are going on 15 yrs old

Wipers flip, don't flip but still wipe the top & sidewalls of stuff when retracting
Been in heavy rain, snow, ice storms, windy dust storms etc
SEALS stop any leaks and WIPERS clear stuff of


Your 2005 vintage seems to be doing their wiping job and seals stopping leaks. Pretty good for 16-17 yr old seals/wipers
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I've seen people use small rubber stoppers, similar to what you'd find on a cupboard door, but bigger. You stick them to the side of the slide about 3/4 of the way out , one up, one middle and one bottom They grab the seal and pull it out as the room moves.
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sticky wipers

Thanks Old Biscuit - wiper portion is the issue. Part stays in and part out. Yesterday pulled in the bed slide following a hard rain and soaked the floor and bed. RV Geeks has also recommended talc powder for wipers and other rubber seals but since law suits most baby powder mfgs have switched from talc to corn starch. Are you using that or have a source of talc powder?



Thewellz - Will try suggestions stick-ons to help properly orient wiper.


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Still have some left over Talc ....... when that runs out will probably have to switch to spray conditioner

Corn Starch clumps and isn't the same as talc
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https://www.steelerubber.com/request-rv-catalog

This is a good catalog to have on hand for slide seals and they have a anti slip tape for correct slide wiper 'flip' direction.
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I keep mine lubes with B’laster Silicone spray, helps keeps them from drying out too
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I agree about the often present OCD here. In nine years of owning our current coach and almost 100,000 miles, I have never touched the slide wipers.

They still work fine.
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I'm one of those OCD people that wanted the wipers out - from top to bottom - when the slides were out. I resorted to using my awning pull (rounded end, not the hooked end) to slip behind the side wiper & coax the turned in sections out. Yeah, I know I didn't have to do that, but I wanted them OUT.
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I'm one of those OCD people that wanted the wipers out - from top to bottom - when the slides were out. I resorted to using my awning pull (rounded end, not the hooked end) to slip behind the side wiper & coax the turned in sections out. Yeah, I know I didn't have to do that, but I wanted them OUT.
This is exactly what I did on my Monaco Diplomat. I'm plenty OCD and liked the wipers facing the correct direction, especially in cold weather. The Monaco was not sealed as well as some newer coaches and every little bit helped keep cold air out.
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Same here on the awning pull rod I use it to flip my seals all the time...a bit OCD myself.
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Agree wipers out.

2002 HR and the bottom corners of the bedroom slide stay tucked in, during heavy rain the bedroom floor floods. Pulling them out solves the problem, also 19 year old RV always used talc.


Looking into replacing wipers is not all that expensive or difficult (providing you do not have an awning topper)
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Have toppers but are replacing them as well so want to do all at one time.
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