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RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

Also, for any mice or rats I was shown to use peppermint oil mixed with water in spray bottle and spray all wire areas. They apparently don't like the smell. Will it last 6 mo, IDK. I also was told to use a strobe light under the truck. Might not work with the security system though.
SweetLou 09/21/22 07:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

What about the blue def in the tank? My tank is 1/2 full. I know that it could freeze but I think 1/2 a tank would be enough for expansion. I could open the cap just in case but should I be concerned? My truck sets all Summer with whatever DEF that's in the tank when returning to the NW from my Winter Wonderland. Never an issue. You will be fine just disconnect the negative terminals, that's it!!! I bought a Ctek battery charger/maintainer so using this connected to the truck I don't need to disconnect the negative terminals right? I planned to connect straight up to driver's side battery and let it charge maintain both driver and passenger side batts. I hope this is correct.
SweetLou 09/21/22 07:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

What about the blue def in the tank? My tank is 1/2 full. I know that it could freeze but I think 1/2 a tank would be enough for expansion. I could open the cap just in case but should I be concerned?
SweetLou 09/13/22 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

OK, so most are saying to use a battery minder, and a conditioner. If you use a tender/minder, which brand works well, and in 6 months will it boil batteries dry? Mine are wet Costco interstates. Also will Diesel Klean work as conditioner? I use the NOCO Genius on my batteries and have always used Diesel Klean - Diesel Klean - White Will the NOCO cook my batteries in 6 mo of maintenance and when power goes out does it reset to your settings automatically? Our power in the shop will go out 4-5 times ea winter for usually 5-10 hours ea time
SweetLou 09/12/22 08:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Capital Reef NP Roads

Hello, Besides the Hwy 24, are the other roads paved like scenic drive or capital gorge road? Hwy 24 is a main 2 lane hwy. Scenic Drive is paved, narrow and has ford crossings. Capital Gorge road is gravel. Would you happen to know the distance of Scenic drive and Hwy 24 one way?
SweetLou 09/12/22 07:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

OK, so most are saying to use a battery minder, and a conditioner. If you use a tender/minder, which brand works well, and in 6 months will it boil batteries dry? Mine are wet Costco interstates. Also will Diesel Klean work as conditioner?
SweetLou 09/12/22 07:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

Skip the maintainer. Make sure all fluids are topped off and the batteries are fully charged. Remove BOTH negative leads. For extra insurance, put blocks under the frame so that there is no weight on the tires. If you disconnect the batteries, then the computer won't remember anything. Wise?
SweetLou 09/11/22 07:12pm Tow Vehicles
Capital Reef NP Roads

Hello, Planning on visiting Capital Reef NP in October. Besides the Hwy 24, are the other roads paved like scenic drive or capital gorge road?
SweetLou 09/11/22 06:25pm Roads and Routes
Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

I have a 2013 Ram 3500 Diesel. I want to store it in my shop this year in WA where it can get as low as -5 degrees. Mind you, it's not that cold all winter but it can get that low inside the shop. I have never stored a vehicle over winter in a cold area and I was wondering if any of you have experience with this process. It is a diesel with two batteries so please give me an Idea of what I should be doing. It will be stored for 6 months from October to Early May. Thanks in advance.
SweetLou 09/11/22 06:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Death Valley and Current road conditions

Enblethen gave me the link and I was able to find out the same thing about closers. Bad timing with all the flood damage from last month. Current hurricane coming through and may finish off the park I'm afraid.
SweetLou 09/08/22 04:43pm Roads and Routes
Death Valley and Current road conditions

I thought I might detour from our trip south in mid October to Deathvalley. I have never been there so coming in maybe from Scotty's junction. I saw that last month that DV got flooded out. Does anyone know if you can go through there now? Traveling with subaru ouback and a small cargo trailer.
SweetLou 09/08/22 07:09am Roads and Routes
RE: Twin Falls ID to Las Vegas NV Advice

All good stuff here. We also thought of going towards Death Valley since it is sort of a small detour only. I am not towing a 5er, that stays in WA now. I am towing a small cargo trailer with my Subaru. Gas milage will be a lot better for sure but filling up going that direction was good advice.
SweetLou 09/06/22 04:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Little Joe Rd in Northern Idaho

The road is good and gravel but if you don't mind a dirty car it is not a problem at all.
SweetLou 09/06/22 11:02am Roads and Routes
Twin Falls ID to Las Vegas NV Advice

I am planning to head south in mid-October from Twin Falls ID. Typically I go over to Salt Lake City then I-15 South to Las Vegas, however this year I would like to take SR 93 in Nevada to LAs Vegas. Any tips or concerns or detours to take going this way?
SweetLou 09/06/22 10:53am Roads and Routes
RE: Newport OR to Portland Or Help

We just came back home to Eastern WA through Newport via 20 to Corvallis, stopped at the Albany Costco to fuel up then I-5, I-205 to I-84 and at Hermiston we took I-82 North. Just be aware of the winds along I-84, use https://tripcheck.com/ for current Oregon Road conditions. I am going to the exact place East Washington, but probably US 395 North after I-82 to Spokane. I thought your route made sense as mentioned before.
SweetLou 04/23/22 11:25am Roads and Routes
Newport OR to Portland Or Help

Traveling next month from Newport Oregon through Portland going east from there. I can either take the SR 18 which is just North of Lincoln City or Sr 20 which goes through Corvallis then up. Which would save more time and the better drive?
SweetLou 04/21/22 02:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Memory seats

I don't plan to own another vehicle without them. I am 6-04, my lovely bride is 5-03 on her tallest of days. Her minivan has the memory seats and it has potentially saved our marriage! Bigger question is why are you driving a minivan? :)
SweetLou 11/18/21 02:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Memory seats

I use it but when it slides forward I lift my big butt up so not as much weight is on the seat. My thinking is it won't wear out as fast.
SweetLou 11/18/21 05:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: is running exhaust brake all the time ok?

No Idea on a Ford. On my 11 and now 15 RAM every single start I hit the Tow Haul and Exhaust Brake buttons. I did that too thinking it helps with the longevity of the exhaust brake. My actuator went out at 90K this year. Your actuator went out, but the vanes didn’t clog up and stick, correct? 2 different things. I never believed that a vgt needed to run the exhaust brake as the vanes are basically constantly moving anyway. However I was corrected and it makes sense. When accelerating, the vanes range of motion is much less as they never “close down” to choke off the exhaust. Whereas the exh brake moves the vanes through the rest of their total range of motion because it reduces the % open much more than a base line, no boost condition. Ram doesn’t use the vanes, it has a sliding ring that creates the back pressure. Then I stand corrected
SweetLou 11/06/21 05:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: is running exhaust brake all the time ok?

No Idea on a Ford. On my 11 and now 15 RAM every single start I hit the Tow Haul and Exhaust Brake buttons. I did that too thinking it helps with the longevity of the exhaust brake. My actuator went out at 90K this year. Mine went out early also but that Has nothing to do with the mechanics of the turbo. no but everything to do with the brake
SweetLou 11/05/21 05:50pm Tow Vehicles
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