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Old 06-13-2019, 12:05 PM   #1
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Stabilizer grease/lubrication?

I did a search. How in the world has no one asked how to lubricate or grease or clean the stabilizer jack screws?

My trailer's two years old and those screws are overdue for cleaning and/or greasing.

What are your tried and true methods?

(For all the paperwork and crap they give you when you buy a trailer they really don't give you anything helpful ...)
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:30 PM   #2
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I use a dry lube...

like this: https://www.amazon.com/WD-40-300052-...gateway&sr=8-8
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I did a search. How in the world has no one asked how to lubricate or grease or clean the stabilizer jack screws?

My trailer's two years old and those screws are overdue for cleaning and/or greasing.

What are your tried and true methods?

(For all the paperwork and crap they give you when you buy a trailer they really don't give you anything helpful ...)

Rinse with garden hose. Get the crud out. Cover the ground under the jacks. And apply WD-40 liberally. Run the jack up and down. Clean and works well.
Simple.

Your mileage may vary.
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Copious amounts of WD-40 on the screw and pivot points, run them up and down a few times, walk away until next year.
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:34 PM   #5
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Now, see ... I've heard that:

WD-40 is good for cleaning, but not necessarily long term lubrication.
Heavy grease is generally suggested, but it attracts dirt and grime.
Dry lubricant won't attract dirt and grime, but is it long lasting?

Would I coat it in WD-40 as a matter of cleaning, let it dry and then add dry lubricant?

I do have some "Dry Moly Lube" sitting on a shelf ...

https://www.crcindustries.com/produc...-oz-03084.html

(am I completely overthinking this (as per typical) )
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:48 PM   #6
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If you can afford it, the BoseShield stuff is supposed to work well.

I usually spray the gears whenever I do my walk around a few times a year. always fun to get under there.
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Now, see ... I've heard that:
WD-40 is good for cleaning, but not necessarily long term lubrication.
It falls under the category of lube them, but there's no such thing as a catastrophic jack failure. I buy the good stuff for lubing my slide, anything hanging out under the camper or around the tongue gets the 50% cheaper WD-40
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Only have almost 2 years RV experience. So not the expert. Butttt.....

I was also Leary about WD-40 for long term. But I was in a hurry after a couple of jacks started squeaking. So I gave them all the WD-40 fix.

Here it is a year later. No squeaking.

Again your mileage may vary.

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I don't think you will wear them out unless you are moving every other day and travelling year round. WD40 has never caused a problem for me in nearly 35 years of camping with various configurations.
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:57 PM   #10
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I use the three in one spray dry lube for slide outs on my way stabilizer screws
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Don’t get me wrong WD-40 is my go to for anything squeaky, but it’s not for screw jacks. It evaporates over a short period of time. Need something a little heavier. Roger P.
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I recently replaced my Jack's with new scissor Jack's and they recommended lithium grease.
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Old 06-20-2019, 01:11 PM   #13
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There is WD 40 and there is WD 40

Years ago there was WD-40 general purpose oil in a spray can. Hearsay was it was made from fish oil and so likely to not be harmful to health.

Now there is WD-40 and WD-40. It is just a brand and the contents of the spray can come in different flavors (no, don't taste them).

I have used WD-40 (fish oil) for years. I can't say it is the best for jacks. It is easy to use, easy to take along, and hopefully not hazardous to health. It works for a period of time and does accumulate a little dust but drops it soon. It is easy to reapply. For ten years of use, there were visual signs of corrosion on the plated jack screws and other plated surfaces. They worked freely with no signs of wear.

The new "dry" WD-40 (not fish oil) also works on my screw jacks. It is just as convenient as the old WD-40 but does not accumulate dust.

What does not work well is grease or heavy chain oil lubricate. They start out working very well but accumulate large amounts of dirt. Soon the dirt starts grinding the bearing surfaces.
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I use a dry lube with teflon....got it from lowes
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