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    Grand Design techs recommend dusting slide seals with talcum powder. True talcum powder is getting hard to find (carcinogenic apparently) and I have heard some say baby powder works, however most baby powder these days is mostly corn starch. What is the consensus? Is plain corn starch OK or do I need to find real talcum powder?
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    Rob, Chris and fur baby Maya
    2019 Solitude 374TH, Magnum MS2812, 600AH of Battle Born LiFePO4, 1800W Solar, Blue Sky CC's, WineGuard Trav'ler (Shaw)
    2020 GMC Denali Duramax 4x4 DRW LB CC, Curt Q25
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    KamFlyer -- other than keeping the seals free from debris, dirt, etc., the only other thing I keep an eye on is to ensure they flip completely each time the slides go in (or out).
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    Howard, 2017 Ford F-350 DRW, '19 315RLTSPlus

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    • #3
      Like Howard, I do nothing for the seals other than keep clean. I don't dust or lube them. The last trailer I kept for 15 years and they never wore out using my method of...doing nothing.
      2018 Dodge 3500 6.7 Cummins w Aisin and 9 cup holders
      2021 Reflection 303RLS

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      • #4
        At a Rally tech seminar several years ago, the LCI rep advised that slide seal material contains a waxy additive for lubrication. Sprays or powders can leach this lubricant out of the seal. (To be fair . . . at a subsequent Rally session a Grand Design rep advised using baby powder.) I have gone with the “do nothing” advice from LCI and six years later, seals are still flexible and still feel “waxy”.

        Like just about any other aspect of an RV . . . there are multiple different opinions .

        Rob
        Cate & Rob
        (with Border Collies Molly & Angel and their kitty Gracie)
        2015 Reflection 303RLS
        2014 Ecoboost F150 with Heavy Duty Payload Package
        Bayham, Ontario, Canada

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        • #5
          It was at the 2020 Quartzsite rally that the techs and GD rep (don't recall his name) were saying, IIRC, talcum powder (although it may have been baby powder) in an old sock and to just dust the seals. Most baby powder these days is mostly corn starch so was wondering if straight CS would be OK.
          -Rob-
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          Rob, Chris and fur baby Maya
          2019 Solitude 374TH, Magnum MS2812, 600AH of Battle Born LiFePO4, 1800W Solar, Blue Sky CC's, WineGuard Trav'ler (Shaw)
          2020 GMC Denali Duramax 4x4 DRW LB CC, Curt Q25
          Follow us at https://rctravels.rmcd.ca/

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          • #6
            Anyone use 3 in 1 rubber seal conditioner? https://www.walmart.com/ip/3-IN-ONE-...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

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