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Need advise for storage

Hi, I am hoping to get some advise on how to take care of my truck that rarely gets used. It was my husbands truck who passed away a couple of years ago. He owned it and loved it since it was new and I can't part with it and hope to use it camping in the years to come as my daughter gets older. It is an 01 F250 with 126k miles.

My first question is about the batteries. It has been parked for the most part for 2 years and now the batteries (6 years old) will only hold a charge for less then a day. I need to replace them but would like the new one's to be able to withstand being drained and jumped like RV batteries. Any recommendations?

The next issue is with the brake fluid. When I took it out for the first time this spring the brakes were locked. By the time I got it to the shop they had unlocked themselves but he replaced the fluid since water had seeped in. Is there something I can do to keep this from happening again?

Finally, is there any other advise you can offer to help me keep the truck in good condition for many years to come even though it will be sitting for the next few years?

Thank you so much for your help.
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you can get starting duty deep cycle batteries but they're still not going to last if they don't get used. it's best to put a digital battery tender in the truck and keep that plugged in so the batteries are under a constant, light charge to keep the juices flowing. i would use the cheapest batteries you can find because there is a good chance they're not going to last anyway.

is the truck being stored outside? if it is, there isn't much you can do about the brakes. the problem isn't the fluid, it's with the sliders getting rusty. you can pull them apart and grease them up to try and avoid rust but it's still going to happen.
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Thanks for the reply. The truck was stored outside last year and in the garage the year before. Guess I will have to make room for it.

Any suggestions on good cheap batteries. I know the diesel needs a high cranking output.
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My truck can also sit for weeks at a time. It is definitely best to store it inside a garage. I would go with whatever batteries you can find that have the best warranty. For me, that was Costco's brand. They replace them no questions asked. I also installed a small battery tender from Walmart. It was like $26 to buy. I installed it in front of the driver's side battery and ran the cord out right by the block heater and just plug it in whenever I know the truck will be sitting for more than a week or two. As for the brakes, you will just need to drive the truck about once a month or so. This will also help your tires.

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