1-4. PREPARATION FOR STORAGE OR SHIPMENT.
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.
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
(MWOs) should be applied.
Report equipment in storage in Material Readiness and Unit Readiness reports as prescribed for all reportable
equipment. Refer to AR 220-1.
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.
Records and reports to be maintained for equipment in storage are those prescribed by TM 38-750, for equipment
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.
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.
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.
Maintenance Prior To Storage.
Prior to storage, perform the next scheduled major preventive maintenance service (monthly,
quarterly, or semiannually).
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.
Remove battery from forklift and store in a cool, well-ventilated area. Recharge and clean before
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.