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Old 02-21-2021, 11:55 AM   #1
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Hi All, I have a nice old coach. All is good except my large dinette slide is very slow to retract.... very slow. Was wondering if the under-slide rails that are covered with old grease are the problem. Gonna remove and clean the old grease and apply new. Does anyone have experience, and will this result in a speedier retraction. I gotta think it can only help,..... but, maybe someone here has something to add to my dilemma.... otherwise, we love this older coach and we have renamed it the “Rincon Schooner”..... thanks for any comments or advice in advance.... Rob Smith
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Old 02-22-2021, 03:17 PM   #2
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I have an 8336 and found that when the coach is level by hydraulic assist, slightly tip both of the opposite side hydraulic jacks up just past level and it slides right in. Yes changing the grease and putting a new coat on every year certainly can't hurt it. George
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Old 02-22-2021, 07:04 PM   #3
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ThanksGeorge.... I was under the coach looking up and the one hydraulic piston the shoves the slide out and then draws it back in is rather small in diameter. Nothing looked unusual and no leakage. The hydraulic line was smaller than I expected, as well, so it’s probably normal for things to expand faster and retract slower. I cleaned the two guides that are grease covered and will apply fresh grease and then we’ll see if that makes a difference.... stand by for an update.... Rob
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Old 02-28-2021, 10:46 AM   #4
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I got the Scenic Cruiser. Almost the same technology. I replaced the two hydraulic cylinders. Now the speed is fine.
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:09 AM   #5
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Beautiful coach!
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:29 AM   #6
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I got the Scenic Cruiser. Almost the same technology. I replaced the two hydraulic cylinders. Now the speed is fine.
How much did it run you to have the Hydraulics cylinder change
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Beautiful coach!
Oh I tell you. It is not easy to find a new one. Such a lot of amenities!
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Hi Swiss Man.... well, that’s great.... The fix for me worked out pretty good.... I used a putty knife and removed old and hardened grease from the slide rails under each slide. I used a short stool to sit on for comfort. When the cleaning was completed I slipped on some latex gloves and smeared lithium grease evenly on the slide rails. What a difference!... they slide in and out and it’s clearly a big improvement!!
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Hi Swiss Man.... well, that’s great.... The fix for me worked out pretty good.... I used a putty knife and removed old and hardened grease from the slide rails under each slide. I used a short stool to sit on for comfort. When the cleaning was completed I slipped on some latex gloves and smeared lithium grease evenly on the slide rails. What a difference!... they slide in and out and it’s clearly a big improvement!!
That’s great. Definitely a easy repair. Good luck with your beauty.
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Hi EddnDee , Thanks, .... its old but we love it!
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Hi EddnDee , Thanks, .... its old but we love it!
It's a beautiful looking unit. I love the big windows for the lovely light they must allow inside. Re the slide out rails. I did some reading when I first bought my 2000 Tourmaster. A couple of things for you to keep in mind that might help you in future: there are types of grease or lubricant that will attract more or less dirt. I tend to use a product called Boeshield. Here's what they say about it. "A multipurpose spray that provides superior corrosion protection, waterproof lubrication, and moisture displacement. Developed by the Boeing Company." I use it and like it. I make a point of lubricating at least annually, but if I'm in dusty or muddy areas, I have a look at the slides and maybe wipe them and do them more than annually if they appear to be attracting anything that would impede smooth movement.
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Cool.... thank you.... I’ll look for that product.... also, I’ll be checking those slide rails occasionally, since this rig is a new acquisition. Most systems associated with our “Schooner” are well-built.
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Cool.... thank you.... I’ll look for that product.... also, I’ll be checking those slide rails occasionally, since this rig is a new acquisition. Most systems associated with our “Schooner” are well-built.
I just pulled up that Boesield lub. Turns out I used the T-9 spray on all my woodworking tools years ago. The stuff was great. I will start using it again.
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