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Old 01-10-2021, 05:25 PM   #1
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Slide maintenance

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I just purchased a 2021 295RL back in November 2020.

I have a few questions on slide maintenance.

1. How often do I need to look at my slides?
2. What products will I need to purchase?
3. Do I have an Hydraulic or electric slides? (I am unsure).
4. What maintenance do I need to perform?
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Old 01-11-2021, 05:35 AM   #2
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Your slides are most likely Schwintek. You can tell by looking at the side of the slide when extended. If you see two rails on each side that have a worm gear like track upper and lower, then they are Schwintek. Hydraulic slides have a hydraulic ram underneath and you will see rails with a gear track. This track is used to keep the slide straight, but the hydraulic ram does the moving. The other possible type is cable driven. Since yours is a Montana HC, you possibly have those as well. You will see the cable when the slides are extended, so that one is easy to identify as well. I have never had cable slides, so I can't speak to the maintenance on these.
Hydraulics require very little maintenance. Just wipe off the rails underneath of any dirt or debris. Also try to keep the hydraulic ram clean. Many use a rag with hydraulic fluid on it to wipe off the ram. I prefer to use PTFE Dry Lube on the rail and ram, because it does not attract dirt like oil or other lubricants do.
On the Schwintek slides, you can use PTFE Dry Lube to spray a shot or two on the gear at the motor. With the slide extended, pull back the rubber gasket near the track and use the straw on your can to spray a few shots on the gear. Wipe any dirt off the track and you're done.
Regardless of type of slide, you will also want to condition the seals periodically. I usually do it every six months. I use 3-in-1 RV Rubber Seal Care https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QL37GPN...v_ov_lig_dp_it.
While you're at it, hit the other rubber seals on the slide, both inside and out to keep them from drying out and cracking.
You can search YouTube for some great videos on the process. Lippert has a few like this one .
It's very simple and not worth paying over $100 to have it done for you.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:08 PM   #3
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Thanks Much appreciated. Yeah I have cables on the side when extended.
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Old 01-13-2021, 10:47 AM   #4
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Check the cable adjustment often and keep ALL the slide seals lubed up good. I use 303 lube. Some use a spray seal lube, some use baby powder. Just think of using your cars wipers on a hot sunny day without water on the windshield. This is what most people fail to do which creates more friction when the slides move in and out causing cables to stretch/fray/get out of adjustment and other issues.

The seals on our 10 year old unit are as soft and supple as the day they were installed.
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In addition to the above suggestions (Keep the gear and tracks lubed, and keep the rubber seals treated), you also need to make sure the sides and top of the slide is always clean when moving them in or out. And actually, keeping a good coat of wax on the slide out sides will help to keep them more slippery. Never pull the slides back in without cleaning off the top of the slide out either. Even small specks of leaves and twigs can reek havoc on the seals, not to mention bringing dirt inside the camper when you pull the slides in.

If you do not check your slide roof first, do you REALLY want bird poop inside your camper because it stuck to the roof of the slide? I always climb on the roof and sweep them off since I don't have slide toppers. Always, I never, ever retract the slides without checking them first for trash that might have fallen on them. And if you park under trees .... always check the tops before sliding in.
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Old 01-13-2021, 02:08 PM   #6
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We have the 295RL with cable drive system. I have watched You Tube videos on this slide system and my thoughts are the cables need to be tight, check for a frayed cable with slide in and out, check the underside of the side because the material can start to rip. My plan is to carry a spare cable and add extra rollers to make it easier on the cables. There are some rollers on bed slide and on the table/recliner slide.
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