Getting your vehicle ready for storage can take a great deal of time and energy depending on the vehicle. Cars are a great deal easier to prep in comparison to a recreational vehicle and an RV is a great deal easier to get ready in comparison to a semi truck. Each of these vehicle need their own specific things done to them to get them ready for long term Michigan Vehicle Storage or cold weather storage. One thing that will need to be taken into consideration regardless the type of vehicle are the fluids. Things such as oil, coolant and antifreeze all need to be looked at before storage. If you have to much in the vehicle and it is not rated at a low temperature (-40 degree Fahrenheit) then there is a very good possibility that it could freeze and do a great deal of damage to your vehicle. This is because the fluid will expand and create cracks of breaks throughout the engine and areas full of fluid.
Check Your Fluids
Another thing you will want to take into consideration is the level of your fluid, whether that be gasoline or diesel. You’ll want to make sure that you have enough fuel to get you from your home to the storage facility and then back again. You also need to take into consideration that some of the fuel will evaporate while sitting there and if you are leaving it for a very long period of time the fuel will go bad. So if you are leaving it for an extended period of time you want to make sure that you don’t have a full tank. If you do you will need to get rid of all the fuel in the tank because it will have gone bad. This is why you want to leave just enough fuel to get from the storage facility to you home or a fueling point, so you can fill up the remainder of your tank with clean fuel to offset the bad fuel you still have in the tank.
Next you’ll want to make sure that you have something soft for your tires to sit on. As weird as this sounds you need to make sure that your tires aren’t sitting on a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt. This is because you will be putting a large amount of pressure on one specific spot of your tires for a long duration of time and this can cause damage and dry rotting to the tires. One of the easiest ways to get round this from happening is to simply place down a piece or carpet under each tire. This may not seem like to big change to the amount of pressure being placed on the tires but there is a noticeable difference after a few months have passed.
So Many Things, So Little Time
There are countless things that need to be taken into consideration before storing your vehicle but one of the main things you need to look at is the actual storage facility your storing your vehicle at. You need to take many things into consideration such as the security, location, staffing and pricing. Not all facilities are created equal and oftentimes you need to make sure you do your due diligence before placing your vehicle in any storage center.
We hope this short piece helped you to understand the importance of properly getting you vehicle ready for storage and some of the things that can go wrong if not done properly. Stay tuned for our next piece where we will dive into getting your recreational vehicle ready for both short and long term storage, or check out our last piece here: visit website.
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