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Old 12-04-2011, 04:06 PM
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My husband and I purchased a 2011 Ram 3500 w/ Cummins Diesel back in July of this year. We are storing our truck with our RV. Question is how often should we go out there and either start/drive truck to prevent possible damage to engine. TIA.
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Is it climate controlled? I would try for atleast once a month, fuel additives are probably a good idea and maybe disconnecting the batteries
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Yea I would say once a month also (unless it's climate controlled). I wouldn't just start it though...if it were me I would take it out and drive it a bit. I'm sure you'll get some good info from this forum, however if you google search info on storing vehicles I'm sure you'll find more then enough info.
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I see you are in texas but I know some parts can still get kinda cold.. be careful because alot of people don't know that diesel gels between 10 to 15 degrees. It starts to cloud at 32 degrees, which means it is starting to gel. At 10-15 degrees your looking at plugged fuel filters and plugged lines. How every we have found out this winter that the new ultra low sulfur fuel gels sooner. there are additives that you MUST put in the diesel
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Summer blend fuel also gels at higher temperatures then winter blend (because of additives)
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this is copied from a mercedes website

In colder climates diesel fuel must be seasonally blended."Summer" diesel gels...that is,becomes too thick to flow properly...when exposed to typical temperatures experienced in New England (and elsewhere) during the winter.So if "summer" diesel were left in the tank the car very probably wouldn't start during cold weather.So I'd say that this friend should ensure that "winter" diesel...fuel bought in a cold climate area *during* winter...is all that's in the tank ("winter" diesel can be used in warm weather).Other than that I have no special expertise but,apart from battery issues,I can't see any other potential problems.An experienced mechanic might have more to add,however

it seems that a full tank is better

http://www.batterystuff.com/tutorial_fuel_storage.html

http://www.batterystuff.com/fuel-tre.../PRIG32oz.html
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With my 97 cummins it stayed parked for about a year after we moved and it had no issues cranking right up starting it once a month and letting it run for 15-20 minutes to keep the batteries charged and fuel moving through the system. If you want to be extra careful then simply plug in the block heater with an extension chord and add some of the DieselKleen winter treatment to prevent the fuel from gelling.
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Also depending on what type of floor surface, I would lay down one of those big blue plastic tarps and park on top of it. This will prevent moisture from rising up from the floor which could start rust on exposed un-rustproofed components.

It's amazing how rust particals can form on under hood components. I know, because I stored a vehicle for a couple of winters and the first winter I did not use a floor covering.
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