4-53. PREPARATION OF EQUIPMENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE STORAGE (Con't).
Place a piece of barrier material (Item 1, Appendix E) between desiccant bags and
metal surfaces to prevent corrosion.
Air circulation under draped covers reduces deterioration from moisture and heat.
(4) Weatherproofing. Sunlight, heat, moisture (humidity), and dirt tend to accelerate
deterioration. Install all covers (including vehicle protective closures) authorized for the equipment. Close and
secure all openings except those required for venting and draining. Seal openings to prevent the entry of rain,
snow, or dust. Insert desiccant when complete seal is required. Place equipment and provide blocking or
framing to allow for ventilation and water drainage, Support cover away from item surfaces that may rust, rot, or
4-54. CARE OF EQUIPMENT IN ADMINISTRATIVE STORAGE.
a. Maintenance Services. After equipment has been placed in administrative storage, inspect,
service, and exercise as specified herein.
b. Inspection. Inspection will usually be visual and must consist of at least a walk-around examination of
all equipment to detect any deficiencies. Inspect equipment in open storage weekly and equipment in covered
storage monthly. Inspect all equipment immediately after any severe storm or environmental change. The
following are examples of things to look for during a visual inspection:
(1) Low or flat tires,
(3) Torn, frayed, or split canvas covers and tops.
(4) Corrosion or other deterioration.
(5) Missing or damaged parts.
(6) Water in compartments.
(7) Any other readily recognizable shortcomings or deficiencies.
c. Repair During Administrative Storage. Keep equipment in an optimum state of readiness.
Accomplish the required services and repairs as expeditiously as possible. Whenever possible, perform all
d. Exercising. Exercise equipment in accordance with Table 4-3 and the following instructions:
(1) Vehicle Major Exercise. Depreserve equipment by removing only that material restricting
exercise. Close all drains, remove blocks, and perform all before-operation checks. Couple trailer to towing
vehicle and drive for at least 25 mi (40 km). Make several right and left 90 turns. Make several hard braking
stops without skidding. Do the following during exercising when it is convenient: operate all other functional
components and perform all during- and after-operation checks.
(2) Scheduled Semites. Scheduled services will include inspection per paragraph 4-54b and will
be conducted in accordance with Table 4-3. Lubricate in accordance with instructions in Chapter 3, Section 1.
(3) Corrective Action. Immediately take action to correct shortcomings and deficiencies noted.
Record inspection and exercise results on DA Form 2404. Record and report all maintenance actions on
DA Form 2407. After exercising, restore the preservation to the original condition. Replenish lubricants used
during exercising and note the amount on DA Form 2408.