I haven't posted for a long time, at least since last October. Now that Spring is almost here, it is time to take my Jeep out of winter storage and get it on the road. So, it's got me back looking at the forum. Of course, we still have three feet of snow on the ground and temps in the teens to mid 20's, but it won't be long till the Jeep is back on the road. We normally get 200-250 inches of snow here in the northern most part of Michigan, tucked in along the Lake Superior shoreline. But the problem this winter was the amount of snow AND the brutal cold. Neither are the reason I store my Jeep, it's the road salt. I own two Jeeps. An '89 YJ and an '04 Rubicon. I use my YJ for off-roading/hunting/fishing/camping trips. My Rubicon only has 20,000 original miles and is in great shape. Thus, I don't drive it on the salted roads in the winter here, usually from late October to mid April. I did use it for part of last winter and because of the road salt, it aged about five years in a month. To get to my house, you have to go up a long steep part of the highway and the road commission salts it heavy. Their answer to a few inches of snow is an inch of salt, and that is daily There are alternate routes, but they too have salt. I kicked myself in the rear for exposing my Rubicon to the salt last year. It marred a perfect vehicle. My Rubicon is a third vehicle, although it gets moved up to number one status from mid April to October. The top comes off then and doesn't go back on until it gets stored. It is quite simply the best "have fun in the sun" vehicle there is, which you all know, that is why we own Jeeps. Anyway, the thought of taking out my baby and driving with the top down, with the wife and dog (no kids) and hitting all the out-of-the-way places this area has to offer has got me getting excited. So, I had to check out the forum and will be a regular visitor again, for awhile anyway. Enjoy.