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TM 10-3930-664-24 1-4.  PREPARATION FOR STORAGE OR SHIPMENT. a. General.    The  procedures  defined  below  are  necessary  to  maintain  the  forklift  in  storage  in  such  a  way  as  to achieve the maximum  Readiness Condition (REDCON).  Equipment that is placed in storage should be capable of being readied to perform its mission within a 24-hour period or as otherwise may be prescribed by the approving authority. b. Before the forklift is placed in storage, current maintenance services and equipment serviceability  criteria  (ESC) evaluations  should  be  completed,  shortcomings  and  deficiencies  should  be  corrected,  and  all  modification  work  orders (MWO’s) should be applied. c. Report  equipment  in  storage  in  Material  Readiness  and  Unit  Readiness  reports  as  prescribed  for  all  reportable equipment.  Refer to AR 220-1. d. During  the  storage  period  appropriate  maintenance  records  must  be  kept.    Perform  inspections,  maintenance services,  and  lubrications  in  accordance  with  the  Lubrication  Order  and  Preventive  Maintenance  Checks  and  Services (PMCS) tables.  Ten percent variance is acceptable on the time used to determine maintenance actions required. e. Records and reports to be maintained for equipment in storage are those prescribed by TM 38-750, for equipment in use. f. Storage Site Selection.  Select the best available site for storage.  Separate stored forklift from equipment in use. Covered storage space is preferred.  Open sites should be improved hardstand.  Unimproved  sites  should  be  firm,  well drained, and kept free of excessive vegetation. g. Storage Plan.  Store the forklift so as to provide maximum protection from the elements and to provide access for inspection, maintenance, and exercise.  Anticipate removal or deployment problems and take suitable precautions. h. Take into account environmental conditions, such as extreme heat or cold; high humidity; blowing sand, dust, or loose debris; soft ground; mud; heavy snows; earthquakes; or combinations thereof and take adequate precautions. i. Maintenance Prior To Storage. (1) Maintenance Services. (a) Prior   to   storage,   perform   the   next   scheduled   major   preventive   maintenance   service   (monthly, quarterly, or semiannually). (b) Fill  fuel  tank  to  maximum  allowable  level.    Ventilate  by  releasing  filler  cap.    If  local  fire  regulations prohibit storing equipment with fuel in system, completely drain the fuel tank. (c) Remove  battery  from  forklift  and  store  in  a  cool,  well-ventilated  area.    Recharge  and  clean  before reinstalling. (2) Inspection.  Inspect and  approve  the forklift prior to storage.  When applicable, perform an ESC evaluation. Do not place the forklift in storage in RED condition unless RED condition is due only to over age. 1-2

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