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Overall Trailer Maintenance
- It is important to maintain all of the sealants inside and outside of your unit. These should be reviewed four to five times a season, especially before and after seasonal storage.
- Customers would just be filling in small gaps or voids. It's alright to go on top of original caulking. If the whole section needs to be done, it would be better to remove old caulking before applying the new one.
- Sealants around the frame of the door.
- Making sure to check for voids around the door to keep water out.
- Sealants around the frame of the window.
- Always make sure the window can properly close, especially before travel or storage.
Tires / Bearings
- Tires and bearings should be checked every 12,000 to 16,000 kilometers.
- Tire pressure should be checked regularly, especially before long trips. You can find your tire information on the sticker attached to your unit. Always follow the pressure level listed there.
- The rubber seals, also known as wiper seals, need to be kept flexible. This can be done by using a dry silicone spray around the in and outside of your slide-out. Be advised that they can dry out over time from the sun. Regular maintenance keeps them from becoming brittle which can cause water leaks.
- Never put your own weight or other items on top of the slide-out roof.
- Depending on the style of slide you have, you need to make sure to lubricate the support rails or bars. See the following list of slide maintenance:
○ Schwintek Slide - Using a dry silicone spray to spray the silver guiding rails and the motors on the top corner.
○ F.A.S.T Track Cable Slide - Test tension in cables and lubricate the motor.
○ Slim Rack System - Spray inside gear well where track rail is passing through.
○ Through Frame Slide-Out - Spray along the steel beams that support the track and inside the gear well.
○ Hydraulic Through Frame Slide-Out - Keep an eye on the hydraulic fluid levels in the cylinder. Only topping up when needed. Also, test the fittings to make sure they are tight to prevent leaks.
Before trips, customers can ensure the following:
○ Inspect to make sure there is no debris along the top of the unit.
○ If you are going to a heavily wooded area, cut or move tree branches to avoid roof damage.
○ Check roofs before and after seasonal storage.
○ Make sure to inspect the roof sealants for gaps, voids, or pin holes around your skylights and other vents.
○ Check along your gutter rails to make sure there are no gaps in the sealant.
- New batteries need to be fully charged and cycled at least 50 times. This needs to be done before reaching full capacity.
- All battery cable connectors need to be checked and kept tightly fitted at all times.
- Always use insulated tools to avoid shorting battery terminals
- Regular inspection is recommended.
- Before a trip, batteries should be charged for at least 24 to 36 hours because the trickle charge you get from your vehicle is not enough to fully charge a deep cycle battery in a two to three hour trip.
- The trickle charge is only to help maintain the charge on a long trip.
- Batteries should be properly cleaned, free of dirt, and corrosion at all times.
- For best battery life, batteries should not be discharged below 80% of their rated capacity. Batteries tend to have the best life around 50% of their rated capacity.
- Batteries tend to have the best life around 50% of their rated capacity.
Battery & Charger
- A matching charger and battery pack system will help prevent any potential problems.
Temperatures & Equalizing
- Avoid charging at temperatures above 120°F or 48°C.
- Deep cycle batteries need to be equalized. Equalizing is an extended, low current charge, performed after the normal charge cycle. This extra charge helps to keep all cells in balance. Actively used batteries should be equalized once per month.
- A manually timed charger should have the charge time extended approximately three hours.
- An automatically controlled charger should be unplugged and reconnected after completing a charge.
- Replacement battery(s) should be of the same size, age and usage level as the companion battery(s) where multiple batteries are connected in series, parallel, or series/parallel.
- Do not put a new battery into a pack which has 50 or more cycles, either replace the battery with all new or good used battery(s).
- An important preventative maintenance procedure includes periodic load tests on your battery. Voltage checks (open circuit, charged, and discharged) can identify a bad battery or weak battery.
- As batteries age, their maintenance requirements change. For older batteries, this means longer charging time and/or a higher finish rate (higher amperage at the end of the charge).
- Difference in temperatures can greatly affect the performance and charging of a battery. The cold can reduce the capacity for charging. Heat will increase in the wear of the battery which can result in overcharging.
- You should avoid high extreme temperatures which may lead to an explosion or fire which is named “Thermal Run-Away”.
- If the battery isn’t being used for over three weeks, installing or using a battery disconnect system will help save your battery life.
- Small appliances like propane detectors and stereos can drain the battery over time.
Inactivity can be extremely harmful to all lead acid batteries. If season use is not anticipated, we recommended the following:
- Completely charge the battery before storing.
- Remove all electrical connections from the battery, including series/parallel connectors.
- Store the battery in a cool and dry place, however, do not store it in a location which will consistently be below 32°F or 0°C. Batteries will discharge when stored, the lower the temperature, the lower the self-discharge.
- When not in use, boost the battery every two months.