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Old 04-23-2018, 07:59 PM   #1
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Slide wiper seals question

Would appreciate some wisdom from the experience on this forum. I have large wiper seals on the sides and top of my kitchen slide, and I am assuming the wiper seal on the inside of the sides of the slide is supposed to roll OUT when the slide is extended and roll back in when the slide is retracted. Is this correct? Also the top of the slide has a wiper seal as well, is this supposed to roll in when the slide is retracted or is it supposed to lay flat against the exterior top of the slide? I can't see the top wiper seal from the inside of the coach but when the slide is extended I can see it when I climb a ladder and look. I am concerned that the top seal is rolling in when maybe it should just lay flat. The reason for my concerns is that I noticed a puddle of water the other day after a very hard rain and I feel it may have come in at the top of the slide and run down to the floor. In this instance the slide was retracted sitting in my driveway. Also, after rolling about 4 hours today in hard rain on the interstate I noticed a puddle on the floor again that seems to have come from the bottom of the slide where it appears the seal is poor at the lower front corner when the slide is retracted and I am thinking might have come from the wheel spinning water around that area. Can't find any information from Lippert that tells me how these wiper seals are supposed to lay. Appreciate any help and thanks in advance.
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All of mine flip....except the main slide top wiper
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Old 04-24-2018, 03:55 PM   #3
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Thanks a million Bob.
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take good care of them with 303. They are a big pain to replace.
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take good care of them with 303. They are a big pain to replace.
I worry about mine too what is 303?
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Do you spray it on and let it dry or do you spray it on a rag wipe it on. Pretty hard to reach the middle top seal of the slide!
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I use a rag....with the slide partially in or out might help....before I put my topper on, being no bigger then a minute, I crawled on top of the slider to do mine and let it dry on it's own...
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I stuck plastic buttons on the slide top to assist the outside seal to lay properly when the slide is extending or retracting.
I use 303 (4) times a year, helps to have the slide a couple feet out when you do the top....just use a ladder. Don't like walking on slide roofs. I don't think my extra 200lbs would be good.
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Great idea on those buttons. I saw somewhere a guy cut a couple pieces of that clear plastic corner molding and ground them down to about 1/4" high and glued them on his slide, in this case he put them on the sides of the slide and they seemed to work pretty well. Guess top would be even more important since it's not easy to see what's going on. Did you just use big buttons and glue them up there with Monster Glue or Epoxy? Just curious.
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Great idea on those buttons. I saw somewhere a guy cut a couple pieces of that clear plastic corner molding and ground them down to about 1/4" high and glued them on his slide, in this case he put them on the sides of the slide and they seemed to work pretty well. Guess top would be even more important since it's not easy to see what's going on. Did you just use big buttons and glue them up there with Monster Glue or Epoxy? Just curious.
I bought clear plastic cabinet stopper buttons at Wallyworld.....the kind that stop the cabinet door from slamming. They are self adhesive.
I also use a home made selfie stick with my iphone for my eyes up there. Use the video function and scope out the seals and dirt/leaves.
Getting too old for ladders and walking on high places!
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Great idea egwilly. Gonna look next time I venture into WW.
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Anti-skid bathtub strips also work well. Just put a couple on each side on a slight diagonal. They were on an earlier fifth wheel I owned and no wear on the seal was evident. Easy install. 3m also make a good anti-slip stair tread. It can be cut into narrow (2”) wide strips.
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