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Old 06-10-2017, 11:29 PM   #1
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Slide gearing wear concern

These are the rear slide tracks on my Axis 25.2. The slide has only been in and out around 25 times. Should I be concerned about the difference in wear?
The coach is going to Thor repair next month. I really don't want to raise a concern with them and have them get into something not broke.
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Old 06-11-2017, 12:09 AM   #2
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Does not look like "wear"
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Old 06-11-2017, 12:24 AM   #3
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Sorry I don't see any wear! Do you lubricate them often with a silicone spray? Lubrication on the tracks & in each corner to get to the motors should be a regular maintenance item, look up Schwintech lubrication on Utube. I don't use the expensive CRC brand but a rv slide spray from Wal-Mart & have good luck with it.
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Also while lubing tracks use a dollar store imitation Pledge furniture polish on all the slide seals.
Personally I don't think you need to spend $$$ on fancy sprays & conditioners from rv supply stores when these work equally as well & easily obtained.
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Old 06-11-2017, 02:17 AM   #4
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Sorry, the pictures aren't clearer. The right slide has indentations. The left looks like it hasn't been touched.
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:03 AM   #5
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Actually Lippert has a specific recommendation for lubricating those slides:


Are you holding down the switch for the slide for an extra 4-5 seconds when extending or retracting to make sure the motors stay timed properly?
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:06 AM   #6
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Are you referring to these teeth marks? I zoomed in on your picture.

If so, are you seeing these at only one of the four corners?
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Old 06-11-2017, 12:09 PM   #7
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My experience is that the gear and teeth do not need to be lubed. This just invites dust and dirt to stick causing more ware I think your only supposed to lube the block where it slides and shaft. But you need to use the correct lube and silicone isn't it that may be good for the weatherstripping
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Old 06-11-2017, 01:45 PM   #8
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Are you referring to these teeth marks? I zoomed in on your picture.

If so, are you seeing these at only one of the four corners?
Only one slide has those marks. The indentations are deeper in the last 4 or 5 teeth, on the outward part of that slide.

This might be the time to bring up a related concern: I always keep the slide switch compressed for at least 5 seconds when extending or retracting. However most of the time, when I have been on the road and it seems sometimes when it has just been sitting. With the slide in: when I try to extend it won't move. I look at the controller and it is blinking. I know that the blinking is a code for the problem, but; shame on me, I haven't taken the time to decifer it. What I do is simply hit the retract button again and then it will extend. I did plan on mentioning that when it's back at the factory.
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Only one slide has those marks. The indentations are deeper in the last 4 or 5 teeth, on the outward part of that slide.

This might be the time to bring up a related concern: I always keep the slide switch compressed for at least 5 seconds when extending or retracting. However most of the time, when I have been on the road and it seems sometimes when it has just been sitting. With the slide in: when I try to extend it won't move. I look at the controller and it is blinking. I know that the blinking is a code for the problem, but; shame on me, I haven't taken the time to decifer it. What I do is simply hit the retract button again and then it will extend. I did plan on mentioning that when it's back at the factory.
I don't own a slide, so haven't taken one apart, but those marks don't look symmetrical, suggesting gears are not meshing properly for some reason.

If you're seeing it on only one side, plus having other issues, I would certainly have it looked at if it were mine. It's doubtful that if you ignore it that it will get better on its own.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:15 PM   #10
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Same model, around 175 cycles, I do not see the same wear pattern. Do you have a lot of weight in the rear cabinets? I understand, never kick a sleeping dog but for peace of mind, might have it looked at. From your pictures it appears to me that the drive gear is slightly misaligned, too far to the right by 1/16 or so.
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