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Leaving my girl for long time

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by Part_time, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:37 PM
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    Part_time

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    Going away for work . Will be there for a minium of 9 months. Does Anyone have any advice on what I should do to the truck now that I won't be driving it for quite awhile. Won't be able to store it in doors she will be outside entire time. 20190406_180047.jpg
     
  2. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:38 PM
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    I did this in the Navy all the time.

    Full tank of fuel, disconnect battery or put a battery tender on.

    Do you have anyone that can come by, drive it once in a while, wash it?
     
  4. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:41 PM
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    1. Stay safe.

    2. Anyone you trust to run it, drive it weekly while you’re away, rinse it off occasionally? That’d be my preference. Completely different advice if not— I don’t think it’s good to leave a vehicle standing on tires, unused for 9 months.
     
  5. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:42 PM
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    If possible, have someone you trust drive it once a month to keep her happy. Good luck!
     
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    that was the worst! My cover would be gone every time I got back :mad:
     
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  7. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:51 PM
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    I tied the bottom down. Worked pretty good.
     
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    I tired, but someone was going around ripping that shit off everyone’s car lol Ahh the good times :rofl:
     
  9. Feb 13, 2020 at 10:01 PM
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    sta-bil 360 in a full tank of real gas
     
  10. Feb 13, 2020 at 10:13 PM
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    Go to Amazon and search for CTEK battery tender and decide which one you would want based on your battery and climate, etc.

    I have a cover from carcovers.com and the ctek tender for a North Star battery. Full tank of gas. Usually I will wash and vacuum the truck then cover it and run tender to garage. If you are totally alone and no other person can monitor tender or truck then see if you have a local friend who will loan or rent out garage space. If you are military, there are programs for long term vehicle storage or on base storage. Local storage rental units also go for a hundred and something dollars a month for a storage unit that will hold a tundra.
     
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  11. Feb 13, 2020 at 11:02 PM
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    ZappBrannigan

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    Get it off the tires if you can or you’re going to flat spot them.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2020 at 12:12 AM
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    I think everyone has similar advice.

    if you can cover it even a cheap one if it only last a few months that will help.

    Im not sure I saw any recommend this but I would put some Sta-bil (fuel stabilizer)in the gas tank.

    Disconnect the battery at a minimum, I’d pull it and put it on a tender.

    I’m not sure if it’s feasible but in my owners manual on my bike the recommended pulling the plugs and putting a little oil / lubricant in the cylinder to prevent rust buildup. Also it may sound crazy but if you are in rust prone area you can spray WD40 on areas of concern it displaces water...

    I wonder if our owners manual has a section on long term storage?

    *best solution* As many have stated if at all possible get someone to drive it once a week or at least once a month.

    stay safe!
     
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  13. Feb 14, 2020 at 5:24 AM
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  14. Feb 14, 2020 at 5:51 AM
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    Rodent repellent or Irish spring soap bars in engine bay. especially around fuse box.
    Battery disconnect. If its super cold in your climate. Pull the battery and put it in garage on a trickle tender.
    Locking lug nuts.
     
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  15. Feb 14, 2020 at 7:10 AM
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    Thanks everyone I actually thought empty fuel tank. Will work these measures. My wife can drive it occasionally really didn’t want her to but if needed I guess she can.
     
  16. Feb 14, 2020 at 7:22 AM
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    If your wife can drive it the only thing you really need to do is cover it or when she does drive it just have her run it through a touch less car wash and then you don't have to do much of anything...
     
  17. Feb 14, 2020 at 7:29 AM
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    From the OEM

    http://toyota.custhelp.com/app/answ...-my-toyota-vehicle-for-long-term-storage-(1-6

    What should I do to prepare my Toyota vehicle for long-term storage (1-6 months)?
    Our minimum recommendations for long-term storage of conventionally-powered vehicles are listed below:

    TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:

    • Wrench
    • Tire pressure gauge
    • Tire pump
    • Jack
    • Jack stand or blocks
    • Vehicle cover
    • Towels or shop rags
    INSTRUCTIONS:

    Before storing the vehicle:

    • Have the engine oil changed
    • Have the engine coolant changed if due during time of storage
    • Fill up the fuel tank with the appropriate gasoline for your vehicle
    • Wash the vehicle; use high pressure water or steam to clean underneath
    • Check underneath the floor mats to ensure the carpet is dry
    • If there are any paint chips, have them repaired
    When storing the vehicle:
    • Operate the engine at normal operating temperature* for 15 minutes prior to shutting off the engine
    • Disconnect the black negative (-) battery cable
    • Leave the parking brake off
    • Raise the vehicle on a level surface and place on jack stands or blocks to prevent flat spots on the tires
    • If stored in a temperate, ventilated garage, the windows can be left slightly open
    • Cover the vehicle
    • Operate the air conditioning once a month to ensure proper lubrication
    When bringing the vehicle out of storage:
    • Have the battery charged and reconnect the black negative (-) battery cable
    • Check fluid levels and add as needed
    • Check for any leaks underneath the vehicle
    • Check and inflate the tires to the correct pressure before taking the vehicle off the jack stands or blocks
    • After starting the engine, observe the warning lights; if any remain illuminated, have the issue addressed by your Toyota dealership as appropriate
    • Check the brake pedal for normal feel (height and firmness) before shifting the transmission
    • Take the vehicle to your local Toyota dealership for general inspection
     
  18. Feb 14, 2020 at 8:18 AM
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    I didn't even think about raising the truck on jack stands to keep the pressure off of the tires. Very good, forgetful, step.
     
  19. Feb 14, 2020 at 8:22 AM
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    Why not rent a storage unit close by and place it in there??? We have climate controlled ones down here very reasonable on price.
     
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  20. Feb 14, 2020 at 8:25 AM
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    Drop it off in CO. We'll take care of it for ya ;)
     
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    @Part_time , not sure where you're at but if you do a cover don't go cheap. Get a quality cover that's rated to be outside in the elements. Wind and a cheap cover will not result in a happy return home. A cheap cover that doesn't fit tight, can get soaked thru and flaps in the wind will wear the paint on every edge and corner. Ask me how I know :(.
     
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    The problem with that is it would make it easier for the wheels to get nabbed :(
     
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    Driving it will keep the rodents and squirrels out of the engine bay.
     
  24. Feb 14, 2020 at 10:18 AM
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    Right. Unless you get some locking lug nuts :thumbsup::locked:
     
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    I have yet to see any amount of security stop a determined thief.

    Of course it helps to mitigate as much as possible.
     
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    Since you have someone who can drive it periodically, here is what I would do/have done in the same situation:

    1. Keep the tank full with premium (non-ethanol blend) fuel; this helps to reduce condensation build up in the tank and this fuel blend isn’t as prone to separation and rotting the lines from the inside out.
    2. Stabil in this scenario is optional assuming that over time your wife will add some fresh fuel.
    3. Have your wife drive it once a week/10 days to keep battery up and things in order.
    4. Do not cover it...pain in ass to take on and off/handle and therefore, she wont ever drive it, and driving it is more important than anything else. Sometimes covers can make a vehicle an even more attractive option for rodents.
    5. Great color!
     
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    Giving it a good wax before you leave should help protect the paint
     
  29. Feb 15, 2020 at 8:15 AM
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    Look around on the economy for a long term storage lot. We had one here outside of Ft. Bragg that would store vehicle indoors ( big old warehouse), weekly start the vehicle and monthly road drive it for a certain amount of miles. Then you would let them know a month out when you were expecting to pick up vehicle and they would do oil change, detail, check tires etc. Pretty much everything you needed done to make sure it was ready to drive. Lot of my single soldiers used the service and were very happy. They could even get the vehicle out during mid tour leave. think it was bout a hundred a month
     
  30. Feb 15, 2020 at 8:30 AM
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    If your wife can drive it every once in a while, problem solved.

    I wouldn't even look into any battery savers, jacks, covers etc.
     

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