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Old 10-12-2007, 11:06 PM
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Is it OK to let you planes and equipment (radios etc.) in you unheated garage over the winter? It get pretty cold up here in the north east.
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Default RE: Cold weather plane storage?

I am up in Connecticut. My stuff stays in an unheated shed all winter. I have had no problems.

There are only 2 things to be concerned about/

1. Rust in the engine. As long as you run the engine dry AND use afterrun oil that is no problem.

2. Batteries. My nicd and nimh I fully charge prior to storing. In the spring I cycle them a couple of times.
If you are nervous about them you can put all your batteries on timers. Connect each battery to a wal wart
charger and plug the charger into a 24 hour timer. Set the timer for 2 hours each day. This will keep your
batteries topped off.

Lipos are a little different. With lipos you want to have about 3.7 volts PER CELL for storage AND you
want to store them at ABOUT 40 degrees (I keep mine in the basement for the winter).
Old 10-14-2007, 11:26 AM
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ORIGINAL: Jester241

Is it OK to let you planes and equipment (radios etc.) in you unheated garage over the winter? It get pretty cold up here in the north east.
What cold weather? Haven't you heard about global warming?
Old 10-14-2007, 11:59 AM
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One of the biggest concerns about garage storage is mice.

They just love the taste of balsa wood and nest inside of AC.

Do what you can to mouse proof the place and set out lots of traps and Mouse bait - beyond that - no big worries.
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I leave mine in the van as I might want to go flying.
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Default RE: Cold weather plane storage?

I used to keep my planes in an unheated garage but did take transmitters and batteries into a more stable environment. I often notice when the outside temp goes up just about everything in the garage gets condensation on it, until those items warm up too. Not something I want to subject a Tx to.
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ORIGINAL: bbbair

One of the biggest concerns about garage storage is mice.

They just love the taste of balsa wood and nest inside of AC.

Do what you can to mouse proof the place and set out lots of traps and Mouse bait - beyond that - no big worries.
Easy way to deter/get rid of mice. Take a zip-lock baggie, use a hole punch and punch a lot of holes in the bag, then put a handfull of MOTHBALLS in the bag and zip close. Put the bag(s) in an out of the way place. They don't like the odor and leave. As a fringe benefit, spiders and other "creepy crawlies" also leave.

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