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Old 03-05-2018, 01:44 PM   #1
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How long can they sit?

How long can you leave a bus sit in the dry southwest before long term damage starts to creep in?

It looks like I won't be able to get down to my bus for a quite a few more months, so in total she will be sitting for about 8 months? Will I see any long term damage from that?
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Old 03-05-2018, 01:50 PM   #2
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There was a school district in Pinellas county, FL I think that had put a bus out for a year with a "now hiring bus drivers" sign. They went to sell the bus and it was infested with bugs and rodents and basically trashed.
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Old 03-05-2018, 02:10 PM   #3
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I've seen diesel engines that sat for 20+ years crank right up with fresh fuel and a new battery...but...rubber can degrade fairly quickly (seals, hoses, belts. etc.)...but I'd want to check those anyway before driving off into the sunset. As long as critters don't move in and eat the insulation off the wiring (they seem to love that stuff) or otherwise chew things apart, the dry Southwest is probably the best place one could sit.

Is it in a location where there is regular human activity? If so, that helps keep some critters at bay.
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Old 03-05-2018, 02:15 PM   #4
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It's at a covered storage unit parked on gravel with tons of other RV's, and the lady drives around the lot daily!

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I've seen diesel engines that sat for 20+ years crank right up with fresh fuel and a new battery...but...rubber can degrade fairly quickly (seals, hoses, belts. etc.)...but I'd want to check those anyway before driving off into the sunset. As long as critters don't move in and eat the insulation off the wiring (they seem to love that stuff) or otherwise chew things apart, the dry Southwest is probably the best place one could sit.

Is it in a location where there is regular human activity? If so, that helps keep some critters at bay.
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Old 03-05-2018, 02:33 PM   #5
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It's at a covered storage unit parked on gravel with tons of other RV's, and the lady drives around the lot daily!
Should be ok...do you have anybody near the bus that can check on it? If you were in Houston I could help

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Old 03-06-2018, 08:07 AM   #7
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How long can you leave a bus sit in the dry southwest before long term damage starts to creep in?
The dry southwest is about the best place to leave something sit. However; everything suffers from sitting. In the SW, the sun and heat are the enemies. It sounds like it is covered and that provides a HUGE advantage. Assuming that is true, I don't think you'll have any issues with 8 months.

If it were not covered, I would attempt to block as much sun as possible by putting something in the windows. Hopefully there are no water leaks but that won't be much of an issue until monsoon season (July/August).

Some folks do various things to try and avoid mouse issues. If in a big gravel parking lot, that might not be an issue.

Where about's is it located? Maybe someone here can do something to help if it is local.
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My brother lived in Palmdale, Calif. Nothing but desert and they have a heavy squirrel population issue. They got into his Ferrari and started nibbling on the wiring harness. Car was totaled due to harness issues. Not to mention the smell of squirrel piss.
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Old 03-06-2018, 01:16 PM   #9
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I once bought a yard donkey from UPS that had set for over 4 years put Powers Service in the fuel put 2 batteries in it fired it up (238 DD) and drove it 27 miles to my shop with no problems.No critter damage although when we first fired it up there was a 10 minute dust and foul smoke "Devil"
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:03 PM   #10
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I had one that set for only a few months and dirt dobbers got into the intake and plugged up any little hole they could find with mud! Not knowing this, I drove the bus only about 5 miles down the road before it made a horrendous sound and seized up. I later discovered that no oil was able to circulate through the engine. It had collected in the top end of the motor , effectively turning it into a rock! All from a little bug!
Although, I live in the deep south... so you might not have that problem out west.
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