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Old 09-15-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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Looking for opinions and experieces with storing aircraft in an unheated garage through winter ? Yes ? No, Good ? Bad? No issue at all ?

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Old 09-15-2008, 03:28 PM   #2
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i am assuming the garage is not heated???
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Re: Model Storage

Mine are stored indoors. but what about fuel storage at -20 below.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:07 PM   #4
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Re: Model Storage

I refer to my garage as "the hangar". Most planes are hung from the ceiling, some on the walls. I "winterize" all my planes. By that I mean I make sure that there is no oil/fuel on them, I properly cycle the batteries and full charge them. I remove glow plugs, spark plugs and manually inject rislone and/or Marvel mystery oil into the cylinders and into the carb.

Turn them over a lot by hand and get them real sloppy. Reinstall plugs, hang them up and you are ready to go in the spring. Fuel and fire them up when the weather changes in the spring. The rislone/marvel mystery oil will not interfere with the fire up.

I will usually put a peice of paper towel in the exhaust so no oil drips on the cars. Been doing it for seven years and not a sign of corrosion.

Non Heated garage. When I do any maintainance etc over the winter, I just bring a plane into the house and get at it, and rehang it when I am done. 2 strokes , 4 strokes, electrics.

Fuel is ouside too, on a shelf, off the floor in a dark area.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:29 PM   #5
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My shop (garage) is around 68to70 degrees 12 months of the year. To me this is the only way.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:49 PM   #6
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If the plane had no electronics in it I would say it would be fine. However, electronics don't like extreme changes in temperature. I had one rx that would only work in the cooler basement. As soon as I brought it out into the hot sun, it stopped working. Sent it to Horizon Hobbies and was fixed no charge.

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Old 09-15-2008, 04:57 PM   #7
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Is there any issue with hanging planes from the prop?
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Re: Model Storage

I keep the fuselages inside where the temps are more reasonable - mostly for the benefits of the electronics and batteries. It can get down to the minus 3o's sometimes.
Fuel, gas and kero seem to winter the cold weather just fine...

If I have to hang planes, I do it by the tail, so that after run oil will drain into the bearings, and there is no constant load on the bearings (the weight of the plane) for long periods of time.... YMMV....
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:25 PM   #9
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what's all this minus 20 business? move to BC and fly and play golf all year round,,
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:38 PM   #10
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Re: Model Storage

For 10 years now I have stored ALL my models (thats complete, including engines, electronics and battery packs, all my transmitters and chargers, etc and fuel as well) in a purpose built unheated storage shed.

The temperature here drops to -40C easily for weeks in the winter.

I have had absolutely NO storgare issues. I run my engines' dry, oil them and thats about it. Battery packs seem to LOVE the cold storage. I have no problems with wrinkled covering like when I used to store in doors. I have never had fuel go "bad" and I havent had any electronics not work even after years if storing them out in the "shed".

The key IMO is keep things DRY. Cold is not a problem. Dampness is a HUGE problem. So, if the garage is kept dry (if you keep your car in there and snow continuously melts and evaporates I would watch it) it should'nt be any issue.

The only thing of course is if I want to work on something I take it indoors and let it get to room temps before hand.

Thats my experience, long term.

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