When you are camping with your RV you never know what time will you be getting in and out of the campground. Most of the new RVs have slide out rooms which means that a part of the RV slides out automatically to enhance the interior size and comfort.
There are different systems that slide the RV’s rooms out; they can be electric, hydraulic, gear driven, etc. What the system does is, it pushes the room out through a teeth/ gear metal stick of the RV by using a lot of strength, have in mind that a regular system can add up to 1500 pounds to the RV’s total weight.
Depending on the quality, a squeaky sound will start to happen when using the system in and out. Besides hearing the sound, a good way to know if it is happening or about to is to look at the metal stick for some wear generated by the scraping of the surfaces. If you found some wear, then it means that even if you do not yet hear the squeak, you are about to. Also, depending on the quality and normal wear of the windows system, there may be some squeaking there as well, since they are not as heavy as the other system it may take longer to happen and it may be quieter.
The best way to lower or even eliminate your squeaky sound is to buy either a Slide-out or Window Lube and apply it to the squeaky area. This will not only prevent the squeak but it will help the system to work better and avoid eventual break downs.
The 3-1 RV care lubricant by WD 40 (There are Slide-out and window specific versions) is one of the best ones in the market. It is not expensive and it lasts a very long time. With regular use of the RV, it should be good enough for over a year, but if you hear the squeak beginning again just re-apply and move on. It’s always a great tool to keep in your RV tool box.