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Should I Put My Precious In Storage For Two Years?

Getting stationed overseas. I hate to part with my truck, as I've put some work into it and I doubt I'll find an OBS in as good of shape with less miles. I already pay $60 to store our travel trailer in a secure lot, so I could probably tuck the truck in there too without incurring additional cost. Will probably return to the area twice a year, so I might be able to maintain it by checking fluids, getting it washed and waxed, and driving it to keep it from seizing or seals from drying-out.

Other options are to sell the truck and the camper this spring, or let a trusted friend and his family use both while we're gone. I have a lot of trustworthy friends, but not many that would want to maintain, register, and pay insurance on a rig they may not get very much use out of.

Does it make sense to store it for two years? What would have to be replaced upon return -- hoses, tires, filters, fluids, ?? thanks.

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I'd probably replace tires, but that's about it. Make sure the tank is full of diesel and full of stabilizer. Change filters and oil when you get back. Make sure the antifreeze is properly set up.



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Should I Put My Prescious In Storage For Two Years?

Maybe fog the motor with a light marine oil? Prevents corrosion and I don't think a little oil in the cylinders would hurt it. Am I wrong?


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Fog the motor?



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It's about thing. Every winter before storage I disconnect the fuss lie and spray fogging oil (very light oil) into the motor as it runs out of fuel. After it runs out I unplug the coil and crank and spray for a few seconds. Coats the inside to prevent rust and seizing. In the spring, I fire it up. It smokes for a bit but prevents anything from sticking.


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Sorry-' a boat thing'


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If you have family or a close friend that owns a barn I'd get a good cover and store it there. I would be leery of letting someone drive it that doesn't drive a truck that big regularly, or a standard regularly.

I don't think you should sell, with 125k that vehicle will serve you well for many years to come and you will probably regret it...

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I would try the fog idea or let the friend drive it

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A big thing to worry about would be rodents nesting/chewing through wires.


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Agreed. I stored, I would but a box of decon in the cab. Just in case.


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