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I hate to do it, but I decided to put the beast up for the winter. I still have a couple of months before I have to do it, but the withdraw symptoms are already starting.

What I need to know (ask), is - Is there a particular cover anyone recommends. It will be in a semi heated garage.

Do I store it on Jacks or let it sit on the wheels and just start it and roll it around a couple of times a month?

Do I need a fuel additive?

Man, just thinkin' about this is tough. 3 months without the beast - it'll be tough. But at $3.19/gal and 20 gallons/week times 12 weeks = $765.60 - I can get the beast a little present in the spring.
 

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Just drove mine back from Wi to Texas for storage, will not be able to drive it again probably till Christmas time, O well it will be waiting on me there in the garage.

Boy do I miss it already to, but that is okay. I can wait, one day here in the future I will done with the contract that I am doing in Wi and will be back were I can drive it on a daily basis.

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I too store my V for the winter. I, as well as a few others on this forum use a NOAH car cover, they rock. They make a V-specific cover and they breath really well to keep moisture from forming between the car and the cover. Not the cheapest out there, but you get what you pay for. Clean up the car, toss on a nice coat of wax, put the cover on and you're good to go.

No need for jack stands. Pump the tires to 50psi and you're all set. DO NOT start the car until you plan on taking it out of storage for good. Shut her down and leave it.

No need for fuel additives. Top off the tank before you park it to prevent moisture from forming inside the tank. You may also decide to swap all of the fluids...oil, coolent, tranny, rear, etc. I just do oil and filter, but some guys do them all.

Get a Battery Tender to keep the battery fresh until you drive it again.

Scatter a few boxes of moth balls on the floor around and underneath the car to keep the critters away.

I also put a few moisture traps on the floor inside the car and one in the trunk to absorb any residual moisture that may be in the air. You can buy these at any marine store.

Do those steps and your V will drive and look as perfect as it did when you tucked her away.

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I too store my V for the winter. I, as well as a few others on this forum use a NOAH car cover, they rock. They make a V-specific cover and they breath really well to keep moisture from forming between the car and the cover. Not the cheapest out there, but you get what you pay for. Clean up the car, toss on a nice coat of wax, put the cover on and you're good to go.

No need for jack stands. Pump the tires to 50psi and you're all set. DO NOT start the car until you plan on taking it out of storage for good. Shut her down and leave it.

No need for fuel additives. Top off the tank before you park it to prevent moisture from forming inside the tank. You may also decide to swap all of the fluids...oil, coolent, tranny, rear, etc. I just do oil and filter, but some guys do them all.

Get a Battery Tender to keep the battery fresh until you drive it again.

Scatter a few boxes of moth balls on the floor around and underneath the car to keep the critters away.

I also put a few moisture traps on the floor inside the car and one in the trunk to absorb any residual moisture that may be in the air. You can buy these at any marine store.

Do those steps and your V will drive and look as perfect as it did when you tucked her away.

-MB
I have NOAH covers for all 3 of my vehicles. Love em. I use them when I know I won't be driving any one of them for a while. Only put them on a freshly cleaned car, though; dust particles between a cover and a paint job is a bad thing.

Putting it on and off the V is quick and easy. Putting one on and off of a suburban, however, is a comedy routine.

As far as other layup tips, you'll get as many opinions as there are cars. Inside, semi-heated, though, would not require too much. The best thing I did to simplify winter layup is to move farther south.
 

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I gotta contradict the no fuel additives. Being a motorcycle owner, Stabil is a must. You don't wanna know what water condensation in the tank looks like!

Follow the standard motorcycle practices (similar to above).

1) put in right amount of stabil, top off with fuel. Drive around mildly recklessly to mix it up.
2) top it back off if possible.
3) wash and wax
4) pump up the tires (50 sounds about right for these wheels)
5) DO NOT START IT AGAIN - that just does bad things
6) attach a battery tender (~$50) it does more than charge, it keeps it from getting crud on the electrodes inside)
7) cover it
8) go in a corner and cry because you miss it.

Ideally, do try and find something for under the tires. Although they have pressure they will still flatten a bit. A bike over a winter stored only on the front stand (rear wheel still down) still flattened a bit. AND a bike weighs about 3500 pounds less! I've seen people use special carpet-like pads that are thick and cushy, I've seen little dollies (Griot's sells them) that cup the tire and let you move the car around.

Good luck
 

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BeastMaster said:
What I need to know (ask), is - Is there a particular cover anyone recommends. It will be in a semi heated garage.
here's the custom fit car cover(s) I use, I use the dust stop. Noah is great too, I use it on my other cars that may be outside for short periods, but dust stop on garage queens.

http://www.calcarcover.com/cover_find2.aspx

Definitely a float battery charger and never a trickle charger. I've had good luck with cheapo harbor freight float chargers.
 

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Here in SOCAL I drive my cars all year round. It is nothign for me to be on the motorcycle, in my convertiable with the top down and my shirt off, not to mention have the AC on in the VEE ....
I really feel sorry for you YANkEES :alchi:
 

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Here in SOCAL I drive my cars all year round. It is nothign for me to be on the motorcycle, in my convertiable with the top down and my shirt off, not to mention have the AC on in the VEE ....
I really feel sorry for you YANkEES :alchi:
Earthquakes, Riots, Prairie Fires, Norcal, California Emissions, ah, where do I stop? :D
 

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I park the car after Thanksgiving because it doesn't handle well in the snow and ice we get here. 4x4 Ford is much better (safer)


I add some dry gas for the 3-4 months it's off the road. With temp swings, I'm more worried about condensation than gas break down. If you buy gas from a reputable dealer, it should hold up that long. I do use stabil for my lawn mower and snow thrower but they sit for much longer periods of time.

Also - never stick stuff up your tail pipe. Well, maybe if you live in California, they walk light in their loafers and do weird shit like that/

Word from Back East

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I'll take a foot of snow as the Northeast's greatest weather threat. With that said you guys are lucky that can afford to put the V up for the winter and having something else to drive. Today with the rain I kinda got a feeling what its gonna be like again this winter attempting to drive in the white stuff.
 

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rand49er said:
You forgot the idiots:cookoo: .
Yes there are plenty, but our export program is working quite well....:D

2004ctsv said:
Also - never stick stuff up your tail pipe. Well, maybe if you live in California, they walk light in their loafers and do weird shit like that/

Word from Back East

Tony
Now, now... :tisk: there are people with "alternate" views in your communities too, you just don't know it, yet.
 
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