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Setting/Storing over a 7 month Deployment

Well I will be going back to Afghanyland. Ill be leaving by the end of the year. My last deployment i owned a gas truck and my wife drove it during the time i was gone. Now while im gone she will be going back to Kentucky to have our child so the truck will just be setting in the drive way. I have a few buddies that should be able to start it and maybe drive it every now an than. My main concerns are if they wont be able to start it for any extended period of time what precautions should i take in preping/storing the truck during this deployment. Keep in mind it does get pretty cold here in costal NC during the winter. Any input will help. Thanks in advance guys!


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Put diesel treatment in the tank and make sure it is run so that it gets in the lines and everything. Also if you can, jack the truck up so the tires are pretty much off the ground or you will get flat spots in the tires. Also buy a cover that will cover the entire truck.

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As long as you can find somebody who can drive it once a month for like an hour and fill the tank up, you're good.

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What Strokin' said plus put a trickle charger on it if you can.....don't want to return and spend $300 on batteries

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Ive been in th same situation(more than once), If you cant have it driven for 7 months all I made sure to do was charge the batteries full prior to leaving , and ensure you have a good diesel sup mix in the tank and keep the tank full other than that, changing the oil right before you leave is always a good idea.

If your friends can drive it once a month 60 minutes is a good idea to get it up to op temp, burn any moisture out of the oil and charge the batteries as they drive.

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