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Old 09-30-2020, 12:27 PM   #1
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We are preparing for a 4 month trip, and I was wondering what others do to prepare/secure autos and other vehicles left at home, particularly the batteries, fuel, tires?
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Being in Jersey I store my car from approximately Nov - April. I use a battery maintainer and have not any issues.
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Left it in the garage for 4 months and did nothing. Started up just fine when we returned.
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At minimum Full fuel tank and disconnect the battery.

Make sure that it looks like some one is home. Have a bunch of lights on timers. shoveled out all winter, If you have a neighbor that has a few extra cars, ask one or two to park in your driveway. This will leave tracks, and people see cars coming and going.

Security, are you parking inside a garage or outside? If in a garage, I disconnect my power garage door opener, and slip the slide lock in place and add a bolt/nut to secure it. It is very scary how easy it is to pull the overhead release cord from outside on a double car door, or a whippy garage door.

I have experienced at my old house, lightening storms opening my garage door. Happened a few times, but it was an older style garage door opener. Hence why I unplug or flip the breaker.

If you have a few neighbors or family that can check in periodically that is great.

Have a great time, wish I was going somewhere for 4 months this winter!
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Wouldn’t hurt to put some gas stabilizer in the tanks. I do that every time I park the rv after a trip.
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I suggest using the gas without the corn in it! Ethanol breaks down quickly and can ruin the plugs and carbs.
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Old 09-30-2020, 02:09 PM   #7
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If less than 6 months you don't need to do anything.. unplug the battery would be it or bat tender... and forget about it while it sits in the garage...
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We are sunbirds. The first time we left for the season, we did nothing to the car we left behind. When we got home, the battery was dead. Since then, we just disconnect the battery (which is what we do with the TT, battery still good after 7 months over fall & winter). We also try to keep the gas tank full. We leave the car in the garage so it doesn't appear to anyone that it is abandoned in the driveway. Since it is in the garage, I don't worry about the tires. After 4 months, they would have lost a few pounds.

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At a minimum fill the tank and disconnect the battery. If possible, add a battery tender. While the battery will survive that long most of the time you will add to the life by using a battery tender and assure yourself of a good one when you get home. If inside or out filling the tank keeps out air with moisture. If outside then using no alcohol gas is more important to keep gas fresh.
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Personally, I would try to run the current tank as low as possible, and just before leaving, fill the tank full with fresh either ethanol-free fuel OR put stabilizer in it, and drive it a little to make sure the treated fuel has circulated through the entire system thoroughly. Then I would change the oil and drive it just a little more to circulate the oil.

Then I would park it, disco the battery and put it on a tender.

Should be good as new when you get back to it, you'll just have to redo your radio pre-sets.

I would also check my owner's manual to see if there are vehicle storage guidelines in there. There is such a section in my motorhome's manual, but you wouldn't be able to comply with much of what it recommends (like running the engine every 15 days and shifting through the gears in the transmission).

I'd also call my insurance agent and let them know the vehicle will be sitting for 4 months not in service. You never know, you might get a little discount on insurance? Same with other services like On-Star, U-Connect, Sirius XM, etc... If you're paying for a service on the vehicle on a continuous basis, it doesn't make sense to continue paying if the vehicle is out of service. Some may give you a break, some may not; worst they can say is "no, nothing we can do for you", and you've lost virtually nothing.

Good luck on your trip!
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We are preparing for a 4 month trip, and I was wondering what others do to prepare/secure autos and other vehicles left at home, particularly the batteries, fuel, tires?
We have been leaving our car in the garage parked where it always does with no battery maintainer for 4 months with no issues for 5 years.
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We have been leaving our car in the garage parked where it always does with no battery maintainer for 4 months with no issues for 5 years.
What kind of car is it?

The simple act of leaving a proximity remote too close to a stored vehicle can kill the battery in a week. LOTS of constant parasitic draws on modern vehicles. Good news is that they typically have solenoids that will cut off power hogs if the voltage gets too low (battery savers).

Even my old '94 Jeep YJ, which has VERY little in the way of electronics, can put a serious dent in a battery over the course of about 2 months.

A fully charged battery stored with no load on it can last quite a while without being on a float, but it will still have some discharge over time.
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I have worked internationally for over 25 years. I leave my vehicle at airports or at home for months at a time. The only thing I do is leave the fuel tank topped off I have yet to come back to a non starting vehicle
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Blaylock TL-33 Universal Coupler Receiver Lock, battery locks and propane cylinders lock. And oh yea, winterize the water system.

Then put her to bed for the winter..😄









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Float charger for batteries...

Float charger for batteries also...🖒
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I go from E WA to AZ for 7 months. I just top off the gas, put a oz or two of pri in and unhook the negative on the battery. Starts right up when I get back. Oh ya, lock it with the key. Undoing the battery might be a bad idea if you only use a fab! Then get a little battery tender for it.
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Going to miss Apache Junction this year...

Saw your reply and have to say, I'm going to miss Apache Junction this year.


Did the trip from SW WA for 11 years but health got the best of me this year..


We'll see, maybe next year...


Sure "NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RAIN" on the SW WA this year

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I go from E WA to AZ for 7 months. I just top off the gas, put a oz or two of pri in and unhook the negative on the battery. Starts right up when I get back. Oh ya, lock it with the key. Undoing the battery might be a bad idea if you only use a fab! Then get a little battery tender for it.
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We leave a car in FL 5 to 7 months. Drive thru car wash to spray salt away and underneath. Non-ethanol fill up with fuel stabilizer for the trip home...non-ethanol spoils too just not as quickly. Lift wipers off windshield or tennis balls under the metal arm.
Cover sun exposed dash and turtle deck. Battery tender whether disconnected or not.
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It goes to sleep!

We winter in Arizona every year. I fill the car up and make sure it's clean, then park it in the garage with a battery maintainer hooked up. Have done it for 3 years and no problems.

After we are gone about 10 days or so it sends me an e-mail that it is going to "sleep". Ain't that crazy! I get a laugh out of it every time. It's a Ford Escape.
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Treat the vehicles as I do my collector car that i only drive in the summer. Park them with the tires on wood or foam insulation . The concrete will dry out the rubber. Add "stabilizer" to the gas and run for a few minutes. When finished, disconnect the battery. Shut off the power to garage doors before leaving.
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