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Old 04-04-2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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Leaving my car for an extended time

I work overseas for 7 week rotations and when I'm gone I'll have to keep my new Camaro in a grass/dirt parking lot(no other option). I have a car cover I'll put over it, but I was wondering if there were any other factors to keep into consideration for leaving it for such a long time. Thanks for any advice!
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:19 PM   #2
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Dont forget to Lock it! seems stupid but happens more than you think!
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:22 PM   #3
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I would get some kind a plastic like 6 mills , under the car and about 2 feet all the way around the car , this will keep weeds from growing under the car
Get some kind a wood blocks and roll the car on top of like 4x12x24 , just to keep the tires above ground .
Makeing sure that the plastic will stay where you want it to stay and no kids will play with that .
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:30 PM   #4
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Haha I'll lock it for sure! It's in a gated lot with a security guard so no worries about vandalism. Oldfriend, you're saying I should put a sheet of plastic under it and park it on wooden blocks?
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:04 AM   #5
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Havent driven mine in nearly 5 months. I think your car will be okay for 7 weeks.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:10 AM   #6
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rberns I'm sorry bud, 5 months must be tough. I have a hard time leaving it just to sleep every night.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:51 AM   #7
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rberns I'm sorry bud, 5 months must be tough. I have a hard time leaving it just to sleep every night.
Thats what modding is for. If you can't drive it might as well buy her presents. If you plan on leaving it outside, I might think about pulling the battery out and put it on a battery tender so you don't come home to a dead battery.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:11 AM   #8
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:16 AM   #9
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I would get some kind a plastic like 6 mills , under the car and about 2 feet all the way around the car , this will keep weeds from growing under the car
Get some kind a wood blocks and roll the car on top of like 4x12x24 , just to keep the tires above ground .
Makeing sure that the plastic will stay where you want it to stay and no kids will play with that .
Definately do this, if you dont the underneath will rust very quickly.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:42 AM   #10
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Be careful with the car cover too if the car is gonna be out in the open and not indoors because i put a cover on mine when i had to go back to afghanistan after r&r and the wind buffeting the cover against the car left a couple minor scuffs, nothing serious that is really noticable unless your looking for it it but still noticable when you know it there.

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Old 04-05-2013, 07:07 AM   #11
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Keeping tires off the ground is a good idea to avoid flat spotting.
However, it makes it very convenient for thieves to steal your wheels if car is not in your own garage
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:10 AM   #12
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I wouldn't worry about flat spotting for 7 weeks. Mine sat for 3 months and was fine, just re-inflate and go.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:14 AM   #13
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Havent driven mine in nearly 5 months. I think your car will be okay for 7 weeks.
I haven't driven mine since september :( and probably wont be for another 3 weeks the way the weather is going
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:45 AM   #14
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Can you rent an enclosed storage unit to park the car in? A friends garage maybe? Are these options available to you? Car cover outside is kind of iffy IMO. You want to keep the car covered but wind will move the cover around and could damage your paint. The lesser of two evils I guess.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:57 AM   #15
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Can you rent an enclosed storage unit to park the car in? A friends garage maybe? Are these options available to you? Car cover outside is kind of iffy IMO. You want to keep the car covered but wind will move the cover around and could damage your paint. The lesser of two evils I guess.

Mine had two gust guards and some rope from Lowe's on it to hold the cover in place....paint is perfect. Though the cover was already made to fit a Camaro anyway.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:46 AM   #16
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This may sound "dumb" place bounce dryer sheets inside it and around it. it will keep any rodents away. I know many people that do this when they part boats, camper trailers.

i had a family member that had hoses chewed apart from rodents that climbed into the engine bay
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:39 AM   #17
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seven weeks should not hurt tires -

Suggest that you go and buy some charcoal briquets - NOT the kind with lighter fluid in them or with anything like mesquite....just the plain old regular briquets.

Put several of them in a paper bag on the floor in the front seat area -- and another in the trunk.

This will keep out any odors. (I strongly suggest people do this when they put their cars away for any length of time.)

....just DON'T forget to remove the bag from the trunk before you drive the car....if not, you'll have a charcoal mess of dust all over the trunk.......
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:41 AM   #18
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Shoot man, just send it over to me. I'll make sure it stays out of the elements. I won't even drive it...much
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:14 AM   #19
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SSMickey, those options aren't available to me. Thanks for the advice everyone!
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:18 AM   #20
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When I stored mine for the winter, I was worried about mice. 3 inexpensive things to do:

put mousetraps down by the inside of the tires
put drier sheets in the trunk and on the floorboard
put some mothballs on aluminum foil and distribute around the engine bay.

I think this is probably overkill, but the mice will NOT get your car and it will cost under $10.

trapped one by the RR tire.

Goes without saying, but don't forget the mothballs under the hood when you take it out for the 1st time. I drove mine and smelled an unusual odor, for got the mothballs under the hood
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:32 AM   #21
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why not leave the car at ur house and take a taxi to where u need to go???
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:16 PM   #22
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stainless steel wool at the exhaust tips will keep mice out of this area.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:22 PM   #23
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If you live in a place, where you get hail storms. Dont forget to get a hail damage resistant covers. And silly thing, but tie the cover to your car. i know its stupid, but you never know.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:52 PM   #24
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Havent driven mine in nearly 5 months. I think your car will be okay for 7 weeks.
Sorry but what does this have to do with what the OP is asking? I've been gone for 10 months without driving a vehicle, what's the point? 7 weeks, 5 months it doesn't matter. Any time a vehicle is left alone for any amount of time things can happen.

Anyhow, OP best bet you can do is try to elevate it somehow from the grassy area. Maybe moth balls in the engine compartment so creatures stay away? And the car cover. Wheel locks as well, just in case.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:21 PM   #25
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you should never leave your car sitting that long. i would be happy to help you out and keep the seat warm until you get back
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