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Old 09-18-2013, 02:24 PM
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Anyone have a input on how to store your truck for a year or more? I am going to try and have somone drive it every week or so or at least start it up. But what else? I need to plan on the starting or driving not happening in case they dont follow through. I really dont want to sell her because good 7.3s are hard to find these days.

Heres what im thinking so far..
truck will be outside as of right now...trying sort out those details or find inside storage.

Lean to or some sort of cover storage if outside
Put some stands under the frame to keep tires off the ground to prevent flat spots ect?
Battery tenders and quick disconnects
Not sure on how to prep engine/turbo to prevent rust ect? Any ideas? (i came about this topic a year or so ago but cant find it again)
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I can't imagine there's much to do other than what you've named. The first thing that came to mind was to keep it off the ground however possible. I sometimes don't drive my truck for a couple weeks at a time and keep a solar charger permanently mounted to the dash windshield. Additionally, I'd put a healthy dose of Diesel Kleen in a full tank, drive it around for a minute to make sure it's mixed in pretty well (I'd even go so far as to dump a 1/4 cup in the fuel bowl). Other than making sure it has a good bath and some sort of cover, I don't think there's much to consider.

Maybe take a look at putting something anti-rodent around the engine bay, on the floorboards and under the bed. I know I have birds that frequently build their nests behind my grill and in between the fog lights.

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If you wanna bring it to me, I'll drive it every other week for you. LOL
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Haha thanks guys...yeah im hoping to avoid this if I can...we will see what happens might as well plan ahead though...im alittle worried about the turbo and cylinders sitting without movement or fresh oil

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Nah that'd be the least of your worries. There's nothing that can go wrong there. The seals and tires will rot before anything happens there.
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Fill the tank as full as you can get it so there less chance of water from condensation build up.

Toss it on Jack Stands.

Buy a portable garage/EZ up style shelter from Harbor Freight.

Put a ton of dryer sheets throughout the engine bay and interior - mice hate them for some reason and smell better than moth balls
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Buy some desiccant to put in a small bucket and set it inside the cab to keep moisture at a minimum.

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Thanks everyone for all the input. Definitly going to put a healthy amount of fuel additive in for gelling and water build up ect. I should put a air dog fuel filtration setup in....hmmm what a great excuse haha

Keep the ideas coming if you have them. I know alot of guys dont use their trucks as dd's so hopefully some of these might help them of they stumble on the thread.

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ONLY use the Airdog setup to help your factory pump. They have a very hard time keeping 60-70psi at all throttle positions as a stand alone system.

You may get a person here n there that hasn't had any issues but they are really made for common rail systems or older Cummins.

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My son just got back from being deployed and what we did was to remove the tires and put them inside in a garage to prevent cracking. Truck wasn't going to be driven because he suspended insurance. He has stacks so we covered them to prevent water/snow build up. We ran the fuel down as low as we could and made sure it was treated properly. He had a roommate start it every 2 weeks and ran it for 10 to 15 min or so. One a month he would hook it up to a battery charger just to keep them in good shape. Moth balls in zip loc bags with holes in them placed in the engine compartment and cab to keep critters out. Sun shade on all windows to keep the sun from fading the interior. This worked well for him.
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