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JFGauvreau
09-13-2012, 11:37 AM
I have 2 trucks that I plan on storing this winter in a car port or tempo, outside in the cold (In Canada we can reach -40C) I plan on not insuring them, expect theft, fire and vandalism. I do not know exactly if it's a good thing to do, some people told me I should continue to run them both or rust will seize them back, or even they won't start back in spring.

One of them is a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500,5.7L HEMI with 158k KM on it
2nd one is a 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 6.7 Diesel with 67k KM on it.

The 3500 had a "life time rust proofing" done on it when it was brand new. The 1500 has nothing on it so I would need to rust proof it.

I've been told not to tarp the trucks since it traps moisture, so a car port or tempo is my best solution, with a tarp underneath the trucks to keep the moisture down. I know I have to bring the batteries inside, fill up the tank to the top with new gas, new oil etc. But what else I should be concerned? Especially with the older truck?

Thanks.

JFGauvreau
09-13-2012, 05:05 PM
50 views and no reply? No one park their trucks for the winter?

dieselss
09-13-2012, 07:11 PM
No drive them,,,there not antique cars. I would say jack stand them,,,you'll get dryrot and flat spots if u don't the diesel, add anti gel to the fuel,,may want to look into mouse deturent as well
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grandview (2006)
09-13-2012, 07:21 PM
All depends on the weather,is it a dry cold or damp all the time.?

alldayrj
09-13-2012, 07:39 PM
Its only a couple months. Don't worry about it
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GreenI.A.
09-13-2012, 07:42 PM
Start them every few days and take them for a quick ride when you can. Even just keeping a few car langths in front of them plowed so that you can pull forward and back up a few times every couple days, will make a world of a difference

dieselss
09-13-2012, 07:43 PM
Don't drive them unless u plan on taking them for a half hr drive. Short trips are worse then anything!
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JFGauvreau
09-13-2012, 08:08 PM
It wont be damp at all. Some people tell me if I don't use it in the winter they will last way longer (no contact with salt) others told me to definitely drive them.