Pro Tips For RV Slide Out Maintenance

Performing RV slide out maintenance on a regular basis will save you thousands of dollars in RV slide repairs. And it doesn’t matter what kind of rig you own.

Slide out rooms can be found on many kinds of RVs. Even smaller travel trailers are often coming with slide outs now. Essentially, a slide out allows you to open up the interior of your RV and make it feel so much more roomy inside.

Motorhome with RV slide outs
RV slide outs can dramatically expand the room inside your RV

But to get that extra room, the manufacturer has to cut a large hole in the side of the RV. Then they put the slide out on a mechanism that moves it in and out as you wish.

And to keep water and debris out of the RV, slide seals or gaskets are put in place all around the slide. It all actually works surprisingly well.

But if you don’t maintain your RV slide outs, serious problems can develop. And some of these problems can cost thousands to fix and repair.

So it makes a lot of sense to practice a little preventative maintenance on your RV slide outs. If you do, the time and effort you spend will come back to you in slide out repair savings over time!

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RV Slide Out Seals

The rubber seals or gaskets that surround the slide-out can be referred to by any number of names. Some call them a wiper seal, sweeper seal or flapper seal. But they all do the job they are intended to do.

They are your first line of defense against having the elements seep into your RV, especially water. Replacing the seals on a single slide out can cost $1000 or more. So it makes sense to keep them in good shape.

There are any number of products for slide out seal conditioning. The primary function of these products is to keep the rubber seals supple and prevent them from drying out.

And they also need to provide protection against UV damage from the sun.

In fact, ultraviolet damage is what slowly breaks down these seals more than anything else and they can become brittle. At that point it is easy for cracking to begin, which allows moisture to seep into the RV.

To prevent this, I like to use a product that has been especially formulated for protecting rubber and vinyl seals and gaskets. It’s called 303 Aerospace Protectant.

It is very easy to apply and will immediately improve the look and feel of your slide out seals. It is also a very high quality UV inhibitor.

So regular application of this product should keep your slide out seals in good shape for a very long time. Applying the product on the outside of the seal and between the seal and the slide is all that’s needed.

I like to condition my RV slide out seals about every 3 – 4 months. You can choose your own schedule but the more often you do it, the better.

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Keep Your Slide Out Seals In Place

One of the most common problems I see with slide out seals is that the seal doesn’t completely flip into place when the slide is out. This can leave the seal looking odd in that some parts of the seal wiper is in place and others aren’t.

This also isn’t the best way to prevent water intrusion either. It’s only when the seal lies perfectly flat against the slide out that the best water prevention takes place. So how do you manage to get the entire seal to flip out and lie flat when the slide is extended?

One way is to physically flip it into place by hand using a ladder. But this is time consuming and carries an element of danger on the ladder.

But one of the best solutions I have found is to use furniture bumpers to do the job for you. Simply place about 4 – 5 of them in the middle of the slide out spaced out equally along the height of the slide.

Then when the slide goes in they flip the wiper in and when it comes out they flip the wiper into place when the slide is extended.

It’s a simple solution that doesn’t cost much money and saves lots of time and effort. You can check out these self-adhesive furniture bumpers on Amazon below.

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RV Slide Out Lubrication

There is one other area of the RV slide out that needs lubrication and care. And that is the tracks where the slide moves in and out mechanically.

These metal tracks can become filthy and and even rusty over time. And that is when you will start to hear loud groans and noises as the slides move in and out.

Of course, this puts more pressure on the slide out motor too. So lubricating the tracks of the slide out will help make the whole slide mechanism last longer and work better.

For this job, I like to use the 3-in-1 product called “Slide Out Silicone Lube”. I find that it works very well for this purpose.

There are other products that also do a fine job. Whatever you use, just make sure that it does not leave a slick or gummy residue behind. If so, dirt and grime will be attracted to it and can even make the slide out tracks worse than before.

Lubricating the RV slide out tracks a few times every year will keep them in good working order though. You can read more about the 3-in-1 product that I use below.

It’s in the green can. But they also make other great lubrication products for window glass and rubber seals too. You can check them all out below.

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You can click here for 3-in-1 window track lube

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Conclusion

RV slide outs are just like so many other parts of an RV. If they get regular attention and maintenance, they will last for years and perform well.

But if you ignore them and do little to keep them in good working order, they will soon break down. And RV slides will usually leave you with a hefty repair bill when they do.

I hope these tips on how to maintain your RV slide out seals and tracks has been helpful. If you follow the suggestions provided, you should get good use and long life from your RV slide outs.

Please comment below and tell us about your experiences with RV slide out maintenance. Or maybe you have other suggestions on how to care for your slide outs. We would love to hear from you!

As always, have safe and happy travels my friends!

RV Fuel Station Discount Card Saves $$$$

Whenever I find something that is really helpful for my fellow RVers, I try to get the word out quickly. And this is one of those times that I can help you save lots of money on RV diesel fuel.

A relatively new RV fuel station discount card is available for RV owners driving diesel engines. And the word is that the savings on diesel fuel is really dramatic.

Marc and Julie Bennet are one of the top RV bloggers and YouTubers in this industry. I have been following them for some time because they are genuinely helpful and glad to share their RV knowledge with everyone.

And they just made a recent blog post and YouTube video on this new RV fuel discount card program. I asked them if I could pass on the savings to my blog readers and they said that would be great.

The Bennets wrote one of the best books about the RV lifestyle we’ve seen. And we got it as soon as it was released. I loved it so much that I gave it a 5 star review on Amazon.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about RVing. There is something here for everyone from newbies to experienced RV owners.

Click on this link to get Amazon reviews on the book “Living The RV Life: Your Ultimate guide to Life On The Road”

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Now here is the information you need on this diesel fuel discount program.

Save Thousands On RV Fuel Station Costs
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Fuel Discount Program Details

The company who runs this RV fuel station discount program is TSD Logistics, a trucking company whose main office is in Texarkana, TX. They have a fleet of 115 trucks.

Of course, it’s no secret that over-the-road truckers often get special discounts on fuel prices. Especially at certain national fuel station chains. And TSD Logistics wants to lower its fuel costs but doesn’t want to add more trucks to its fleet to do that.

So they decided to open their fuel discount program to include RVers. This allows the company to reap the rewards of buying fuel in higher volume. But they are able to keep their costs the same.

It’s pretty ingenious really. And as RV owners we all benefit as well. It’s a win-win for everyone.

In fact, as more RVers join the program, the company is able to buy diesel fuel at even better volume discounted prices. This means that the cost of RV diesel fuel can continue to drop even further at the pump as more people join the program.

The only limitation is the discount is only available on diesel fuel. If your RV burns regular gas, this program will not work for you.

How To Use The RV Fuel Station Discount Card

To join the program you need to apply to TSD Logistics for their card. Usually it arrives in about 3 – 4 weeks, although there are ways to get it sooner.

Our experience with applying for the card was that we received the card in the mail just two weeks after applying. Of course, you may get different results depending on how busy they are filling existing card request applications when you apply.

When you receive your card, download their EFS card app and pair it with your card. This is actually a very simple process. I had it completed in about 5 minutes.

Now you can search for fuel stations near you that accept the TSD discount program on your phone or tablet. When you find the best price in your area, go to that station and pull into the truck lane section for fuel.

Once at the pump, insert the card into the fuel pump and fill your tank. When you are done, the whole transaction will appear on your EFS card app.

The next day the amount of the transaction will be deducted from your bank account. To cover the costs associated with running a program of this size, TSD Logistics will take a small fee. The fee is 10% of the total discount you received.

So if you received a .60 per gallon discount, they will take .06 per gallon for program maintenance. That still leaves you with a savings of .54 per gallon!

The average savings per gallon according to TSD Logistics is about .40 – .60 per gallon. But Marc and Julie Bennett experienced some savings as high as .85 per gallon. This is not chump change.

This is especially true if you have a large motorhome and go through lots of diesel fuel. There are other RV fuel discount programs out there, but not much with this kind of real-world savings. And it is usable in over 16,000 locations throughout the US!

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What Should You Do?

If you haven’t heard of Marc and Julie Bennett, my advice is to visit their page and sign up for their newsletter. You can also watch them on Youtube at this link.

They are always helping out the RV community in one way or another. And you will benefit by following them online too. Here is the link to their webpage where you can get even more details about this RV fuel station card discount program.

From there, I think you would be wise to sign up for the program and start saving on diesel fuel costs as soon as possible.

I have already signed up myself and apparently a backlog of applications is coming in to TSD Logistics quickly. So don’t delay! Here is the link to the TSD Logistics sign-up page.

Just make sure that you credit “RVLove” as the referrer. This makes sure that the Bennets get the credit for introducing you to this program.

The Bennets uploaded a YouTube video that explains the major details about this program as well. You can view it at the link below:

Conclusion

I want to emphasize that I am not affiliated with this program in any way. And I don’t profit by it in any way either if you sign up. It’s just a great deal for all RVers who use diesel fuel.

When you consider that one of the largest monthly expenses for RV travel is the fuel costs for our RVs, this card is a no-brainer. Diesel engines do cost more to maintain than gas engines. And gas costs less at the pump than diesel fuel.

But with this card you can start to close the gap in fuel costs between gas and diesel engines. And who doesn’t want to save money on RV travels and adventures?

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As always, have safe and happy travels my friends!

Top 5 Must-See RV Destinations

What is the point in having an RV if you don’t use it to travel? And if you travel, why not see the best sites possible? After all, RV stands for “recreational vehicle”. So we need to get in our rigs and get out there for some recreation in an RV campground. That includes visiting some of the top must-see RV destinations in the US.

Of course, there are loads of great places to see in this country. But some sites are just iconic. You have seen them in photos so much that you can almost recognize them instantly.

And there is probably a video running in your head about how beautiful these places are. And how great it would be to actually see them in person. Well, here are my top 5 must-see RV destinations in no particular order.

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Here are some RV travel books that I can recommend for finding even more incredible places to visit in this beautiful country:

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Yosemite National Park

OK, I fibbed. I’m going to start with the number one spot in my heart, Yosemite. We are talking huge plunging waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, sheer granite cliffs, crystal clear water and more.

Almost everywhere you look is a postcard, especially in the fall. But here are some of the sights you don’t want to miss:

  • El Capitan – the largest piece of granite rock in the world. It towers 3,593 feet from the valley floor. You can get a great view of this icon from El Capitan Meadows. If you bring binoculars you can even watch the climbers as they ascend El Capitan.
  • Yosemite Falls – If you combine Upper, Lower and Middle Yosemite Falls, it’s the highest waterfall in North America. They cover a total of 2,425 feet in all.
  • Half Dome – one of the most photographed spots in the western part of the US. Talk about a sheer granite face. WOW!
  • Wawona Tunnel View – from this spot you can shoot your own postcard of Yosemite including the Yosemite valley floor, El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Falls.
Yosemite National Park - #1 in RV destinations

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Yosemite National Park here

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is our first National Park and no wonder! It’s scenic beauty is like nothing you will find anywhere else.

It spans three different states, has 290 waterfalls, and wildlife galore. And how many National Parks can say that they sit on top of an active volcano?

Of course, the geothermal activity in Yellowstone is what makes so much of its scenery unique. Here are some places you don’t want to miss when you visit Yellowstone on your list of must-see RV destinations:

  • Castle Geyser – the largest cone geyser in the park. It erupts every 10 – 12 hours. When it does it can throw steam up to 90- feet in the air for about 20 minutes. Impressive!
  • Grand Prismatic Spring – the largest hot spring in the US. And the third largest in the world. The brightly colored rings around the pool are like nothing else you will ever see.
  • Yellowstone Lake – the largest body of water in the US over 7,000 feet. It has a surface area of 132 square miles.
  • Grand Canyon Of Yellowstone – it’s nearly 20 miles long and at times 4000 feet across. Some of the most popular hiking trails and scenic overlooks are in this area of the park.
Yellowstone National Park

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and the available RV campgrounds here

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Zion National Park

Featuring towering red rocks, beautiful evergreen trees and plenty of hiking trails to enjoy it all, Zion is special.

It is considered one of the gems of the National Park system and a place that you definitely want on your must-see RV destinations list. Here are some of the top places to go and see:

  • Zion Canyon Scenic Drive – this picturesque route takes you on an adventure of beauty for 57 miles. To relieve traffic congestion a free shuttle bus will take you on this journey during the peak season.
  • The Narrows – you can see it from the Riverside Walk but to experience it you have to go wading. But along the way you will see some incredible red rock scenery in the canyon narrows.
  • Observation Point – on top of Mount Baldy at 6,521 feet you can see almost all of the main features of Zion NP. It’s an 8 mile round trip hike that climbs 2,000 feet so make sure you are in shape before you go.
  • Watchman Trail – a 3 mile round trip trail that only climbs 400 feet or so. It is much easier for the average hiker and still provides a spectacular view of 6,545 foot Watchman Spire.
Zion National Park - one of the most popular RV destinations

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Glacier National Park

For stunningly impressive mountains, crystal clear lakes, blue skies and wildlife, Glacier NP is hard to beat.

There are also plenty of waterfalls and hiking trails in this Montana park as well. It’s a little off the beaten path but it rewards those who visit with a lifetime of vivid memories.

Here are some of the things you want to see here:

  • Going To The Sun Road – this is an absolute must in Glacier NP. It doesn’t open until the beginning of July. But the scenic vistas will have you stopping every 100 feet to take pictures.
  • The Trail Of The Cedars – this is a hiking trail that almost everyone can enjoy and it has one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the park.
  • Saint Mary Lake – a beautiful 10 mile long lake with towering mountains surrounding it. You can even take a boat tour on the lake between June and September.
  • Logan Pass – at 6600 feet the area boasts lots of wildlife including big horn sheep, grizzly bears and mountain goats.
Glacier National Park

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Grand Teton National Park

The Tetons are indeed grand. The sheer beauty of their majestic rise from the grasslands is breathtaking.

Then pair that with abundant wildlife, and great hiking trails. The full recipe is for fun and enjoyment in the outdoors. Here are some things you don’t want to miss:

  • Mormon Row – this historical district has some of the best views of the Teton range and the photos taken from here are world-class.
  • Jackson Lake – here is where you can water ski, go sailboating and windsurfing in the summer months.
  • Jenny Lake – it is 250 feet deep and the views of the mountains are amazing. You can also kayak and canoe here.
  • Taggart Lake – it’s a mile and a half to the lake from the trailhead. But the views are incredible. And plenty of wildlife can be seen in this area.
Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park here

I hope you enjoyed this list of the top 5 must-see RV destinations. Of course, you may have your own personal favorites to add to this list. But I think these national parks should be on everyone’s short list of places to see.

Please add your own suggestions in the comments below. As always, have safe and happy travels my friends!