Topic Sponsor
2015 - Present Ford F150 General discussion on the latest generation Ford F150 truck.
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Temporary non-use of truck

 
Old 06-07-2018, 09:13 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 17
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Default Temporary non-use of truck

Would love thoughts on the following:

I am not going to use my truck for probably 3-4 months. I'm not really in a position to have someone run it every week or so.

I was planning on putting some fuel stabilizer additive into the gas tank to address the ethanol in the fuel, and to clean it and put a truck cover over it.

Any relatively easy and economical things folks would suggest I do or have any tips? (eg How about preventing outdoor critters ending up living in the engine bay or chewing through cables, since it will be outside.)

Many thanks in advance.
CTLimey150 is offline  
Old 06-07-2018, 09:56 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 147
Received 26 Likes on 24 Posts
Default

Not sure I'd worry about a 3-4 month period, but I know guys who put their "summer" cars up on jack stands to get them off the wheels over the winter. They do that to keep the tires from getting flat spots. Maybe a battery tender, if you can get power to it.
TommyBoy2017 is offline  
The following users liked this post:
CTLimey150 (06-07-2018)
Old 06-07-2018, 10:02 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: OBX
Posts: 899
Received 202 Likes on 161 Posts
Default

Remove battery and put on a maintainer inside, inflate tires to max on sidewall, get one of the small desiccant kits from the hardware store and stick it on the back seat floor to keep potential mold from growing, moth ***** tend to keep most critters away. If you haven't bought a cover yet, they make some that have a "floor" and zipper around the truck. It'd have to be a determined critter to get in there.
stowaway is offline  
The following users liked this post:
CTLimey150 (06-07-2018)
Old 06-07-2018, 10:39 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 1,803
Received 525 Likes on 325 Posts
Default

I would probably add fuel stabilizer and drive it to an indoor storage facility. That would keep it safe, clean, and critter-free.
I would also pick one that has an outlet to plug in a battery tender.
Kingofwylietx is online now  
The following users liked this post:
CTLimey150 (06-07-2018)
Old 06-07-2018, 10:48 AM
  #5  
Fanboyism is for the weak
 
SCrewYou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 2,232
Received 424 Likes on 293 Posts
Default

these trucks sit on the lot for over a year sometimes before someone buys them and i can assure you the dealer does nothing except park em, lock em and leave em. i wouldnt worry about it, other than parking it inside if at all possible to keep the bird crap, tree sap and other junk off the paint.
SCrewYou is offline  
The following users liked this post:
CTLimey150 (06-07-2018)
Old 06-07-2018, 10:54 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 1,803
Received 525 Likes on 325 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by SCrewYou View Post
these trucks sit on the lot for over a year sometimes before someone buys them and i can assure you the dealer does nothing except park em, lock em and leave em. i wouldnt worry about it, other than parking it inside if at all possible to keep the bird crap, tree sap and other junk off the paint.
Hmmm.......that's actually a really good point!! The dealerships do keep a jumpbox, so I'd still consider some type of Battery Tender or I would disconnect the terminals while not in use for 3-4 months.
Kingofwylietx is online now  
The following users liked this post:
CTLimey150 (06-07-2018)
Old 06-07-2018, 11:06 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Bethel, Maine
Posts: 888
Received 181 Likes on 150 Posts
Default

If you can get non-ethanol fuel rather than a stabilizer, I'd do that. 3-4 months shouldn't matter much either way, and I'd be tempted to leave the tank near empty if you can't get non-ethanol—even with the smaller tank, adding 20 gallons of fresh fuel to four gallons of stale fuel should dilute it enough to prevent any issues. I believe our tanks are plastic, so they're not going to rust if left partially filled.
kbroderick is online now  
The following 2 users liked this post by kbroderick:
CTLimey150 (06-07-2018), ForwardNS (06-07-2018)
Old 06-07-2018, 11:18 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Southeast PA
Posts: 1,185
Received 219 Likes on 167 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Kingofwylietx View Post
Hmmm.......that's actually a really good point!! The dealerships do keep a jumpbox, so I'd still consider some type of Battery Tender or I would disconnect the terminals while not in use for 3-4 months.
Don't disconnect the battery, get a battery tender like the one I linked and keep it on the battery. This keeps the electronics and battery "warm" as they are always on. This tender is what I use on my cars that sit over the winter. It's low current and current limiting so it won't overcharge the battery. The price is right too.
As for the rest: Sta-bil in a full fuel tank. For that period of time I wouldn't worry about the tires much. If stored over colder months strategically placed moth ***** and bait boxes to keep mice away. A cheap cover from ebay if stored outside helps, just be sure to secure it.
http://www.adventurerv.net/battery-t...source=Froogle
Wicked ace is offline  
The following 2 users liked this post by Wicked ace:
CTLimey150 (06-07-2018), moparado (06-07-2018)
Old 06-07-2018, 12:17 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Bethel, Maine
Posts: 888
Received 181 Likes on 150 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Wicked ace View Post
Don't disconnect the battery, get a battery tender like the one I linked and keep it on the battery. This keeps the electronics and battery "warm" as they are always on. This tender is what I use on my cars that sit over the winter. It's low current and current limiting so it won't overcharge the battery. The price is right too.
As for the rest: Sta-bil in a full fuel tank. For that period of time I wouldn't worry about the tires much. If stored over colder months strategically placed moth ***** and bait boxes to keep mice away. A cheap cover from ebay if stored outside helps, just be sure to secure it.
http://www.adventurerv.net/battery-t...source=Froogle
What benefit do you expect from keeping the electronics "warm"? A disconnected battery shouldn't discharge in such a short time period, and aside from losing the usual settings that go away when disconnecting the battery, I don't see any advantage to spending the money on a tender and needing to have shore power. I'm familiar with them, as I have a pair of motorcycles and have needed to recharge my XTerra due to lack of use during the summer, but once I put a negative-disconnect switch on it, I stopped having any issues (well, aside from needing to reset the clock each time I reconnected it).

And why a full tank? With a metal tank and a long period of inactivity, the concern I've always been taught to worry about is that temperature fluctuations lead to condensation and rust. While condensation could still be an issue in a plastic tank, I think you'd be better off minimizing the left-over fuel and adding fresh (ideally before starting up again, but if not, shortly thereafter) to dilute the stale fuel. If I'm missing something, I'd be glad to hear it (between the motorcycles and the truck, I've usually got something sitting for longer than I'd like).
kbroderick is online now  
The following users liked this post:
CTLimey150 (06-07-2018)
Old 06-07-2018, 12:38 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 207
Received 66 Likes on 46 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Wicked ace View Post
Don't disconnect the battery, get a battery tender like the one I linked and keep it on the battery. This keeps the electronics and battery "warm" as they are always on. This tender is what I use on my cars that sit over the winter. It's low current and current limiting so it won't overcharge the battery. The price is right too.
As for the rest: Sta-bil in a full fuel tank. For that period of time I wouldn't worry about the tires much. If stored over colder months strategically placed moth ***** and bait boxes to keep mice away. A cheap cover from ebay if stored outside helps, just be sure to secure it.
http://www.adventurerv.net/battery-t...source=Froogle

+1

Also, tobacco pouches around the perimeter deter the mouseketeers.
Whysoangry is offline  
The following users liked this post:
CTLimey150 (06-07-2018)

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Temporary non-use of truck


Contact Us - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: