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Old 07-02-2018, 03:20 AM   #1
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Lubricating the Schwintek(Lippert) RV Slide out

Any links or videos on how to do maintenance and lubrication on the Schwintek(Lippert) RV Slide out?
How do you do yours, any tips or tricks?
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Old 07-02-2018, 04:16 AM   #2
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Just google your question

LCI has many videos on how the lube the motors

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Old 07-02-2018, 09:20 AM   #3
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If not you someone else just asked the same question on RV.Net. If you, did you not follow the link. If not you,check out utube schwintek has some great videos on the slide system.
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:42 AM   #4
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If not you someone else just asked the same question on RV.Net. If you, did you not follow the link. If not you,check out utube schwintek has some great videos on the slide system.
2017 Thor Chateau 22B with Queen Slide Out

I watched a short video


Pretty good. Three questions:
The guy says "Lube it from the inside as well". Is that what you do? Do you do it with the slide open or closed or half way? How do you get the trim around the bed off?

How often do you lube it?

What about the rollers that bear the weight slide out, no lube?

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Old 07-02-2018, 12:17 PM   #5
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honestly, after an initial lubing some months after we first got our Palazzo, I've not lubed it since - in over 3 years - and they both continue to work just fine. I'm not really sure 'what' about the slide mechanism really 'needs' lubing, as these systems are not constantly working, they are only used very sparingly, and only traveling 12" to 30" each time.

While I carry a can of the CR lube, it is not one of the maintenance items on my list.

but, that's just our experience, in 84,000 miles and many, many slide outs and ins.

Just sayin. I'm not one to worry over it.
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I'm with you on this, Turner. the new 3-Trak System seems to be the best system out so far. Over-lubrication means more greased surfaces to slip. Follow directions from manufacturer, operate on as level ground as you can, inspect occasionally and just pay someone to fix it if it breaks. I will pay my local dealer to do an annual inspection of all things RV and just use everything as intended.
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:26 PM   #7
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I'm with you on this, Turner. the new 3-Trak System seems to be the best system out so far. Over-lubrication means more greased surfaces to slip. Follow directions from manufacturer, operate on as level ground as you can, inspect occasionally and just pay someone to fix it if it breaks. I will pay my local dealer to do an annual inspection of all things RV and just use everything as intended.

The manufacturer (Lippert) say nothing about lubing or scheduled maintenance? But then there is the above video by Lippert?

Being new to Motor coaches, I have hard time trusting anyone to work on a complicated system. And I don't want to be down for 2 months.

I am a "preventative maintenance" type guy. The slide is expensive and complex mechanism to repair. I want to do all I can to prevent problems and keep the warranty in tact.

Does anybody out there lube their schwintex slide system? Can you provide any info, tips, tricks? Any tech's out there that can help me?

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Old 07-02-2018, 01:41 PM   #8
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I lube mine once a year with crc

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Old 07-02-2018, 03:22 PM   #9
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I bought a spray can of ??? lubricant from the dealer, who said with the slides out spray the entire track, then run the slide in and out once or twice, once or twice per year, depending on usage. I was also told to never use anything else to lubricate that schwintek mechanism. Can't recall what that stuff is, keep it in the storage garage, but it was kind of expensive, as I recall.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:24 PM   #10
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Give us the address....we'll go by and look for it.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:28 PM   #11
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FWIW, last year when I brought our rv into our local rv repair shop for routine maintenance the tech, who had just returned from an updated Lippert training seminar, advised me that Lippert no longer recommends lubricating the slide mechanisms.
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Old 07-02-2018, 05:57 PM   #12
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Schwintex Slide Mechanism

The only info on lubrication from Lippert is the video in this thread.
CRC Power Lube with PTFE is the MFG recommend lubricant.

Lubrication is not required for warranty to be valid

The slide typically does not fail due to lubrication. No recommended periodic lubrication.

There is no Thor or Lippert guidance on lubrication, except the video. Some say Lippert doesn't recommend it.

Videos on troubleshooting, controller override closure, and manual closing can be found on the LCI website as well as manuals:
https://www.lci1.com/in-wall-slide-out

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Old 07-02-2018, 07:29 PM   #13
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I read the manuals when I got mine three years ago and they recommended tow lubes, but for the life of me don't remember which one was for what? I think the dry lube was the levelers but not 100%.

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Old 07-14-2018, 08:01 PM   #14
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I've owned 2 Thor's with Lippert slides, both squeaked when when I first got them. I've used a proper slide lube on both as per video advice and it cured the squeak and has never given a problem. I also spray silicone on the slide walls to aid movement.
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:28 AM   #15
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lubricating slide outs

2015 Thor , We were told when we bought our RV from Camping World to NEVER lubricate those tracks. Also once you started to put it out or in do not stop. If you have to stop then go back all the way to where it was and start over again.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:25 AM   #16
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2015 Thor , We were told when we bought our RV from Camping World to NEVER lubricate those tracks. Also once you started to put it out or in do not stop. If you have to stop then go back all the way to where it was and start over again.
We bought the 2018 Thor ACE last Aug from Camping World and they told us the same thing.
They told us one of their Techs had just returned from a training class from the factory and for us to "never" lube the tracks because it had been discovered by the manufacturer that the lube was attracting and holding dirt and grime and this was a factor in failure.
They did however tell us to spray lube the seals using the "Green" (only) label CRC spray.
They also told us to always run the slide all the way out or in and to not allow it to stop in between.
In addition, they said if the slide did become out of sync, to run in and out a few times to re-sync.

So far, the only bit of this I have needed was to operate the in/out of the slide when it seemed to be crossing up and not closing "even" against the wall.

I would never bet the ranch on all of this being true but it's what we were told by CW. Well, except for the re-sync issue, that worked.
Hope this helps.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:06 PM   #17
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The other recommendation is to amp out the motors and continue to hold the switch an additional 3-5 seconds). Amping out is when the motors stop after reaching their max out or max in position. Supposedly, amping out allows the motor to 'sense' the end of the line and they use that to sync. I'm not a lippert mechanic and only convey what I was told and then subsequently reinforced in the manual.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:35 PM   #18
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The 3-5 second thing works...totally contrary to what we've always done before with the older units. Haven't had any issues by doing this. You can actually hear the motors kinda "relax and go to sleep".
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:40 PM   #19
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The next time that I'm moving things around: I'm going to give that a try.
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Lubricating the Schwintek(Lippert) RV Slide out

Gritz that is a good way to put it. I really am not anal about anything but I am about properly put in the slide in and out
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