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Old 12-02-2011, 03:50 PM
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I have never had a vehicle that had a plug-in for a heater in the engine. My question is when should it be plugged in? It's a 2005 PSD with 60k on it and I only drive it about once a month during the winter. It rarely gets below 27-32 degrees in the coldest times here in Central Texas. Should I leave it plugged in all the time when not in use?.....only at night when it gets below X degrees? Any help or advice is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:09 PM
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I don't even think about pluging in until about 5 degrees(f), or -15(c). Starts fine everytime. 27-32? forget about it.
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:39 PM
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I plug mine in anything -30...... May not need it but my truck seems to love it ! (no growl)


Now if I could figure how to make it not frost the windshield I'd be straight !
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Electric heater INSIDE the cab...... sure would be expensive tho.....
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Electric heater INSIDE the cab...... sure would be expensive tho.....

Uh huh..... Is kinda nice to have almost instant heat/ defrogger
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I plug mine in anything -30...... May not need it but my truck seems to love it ! (no growl)


Now if I could figure how to make it not frost the windshield I'd be straight !
I plug mine in a lot also. It really likes warm starts, they all do.

Set your heater controls to full hot and on Defrost. Heat rises right up and out.

I used to plug my semi in all winter, and I never had ice on the windshield. Temps as low as -15*f, no ice.
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I would suggest using a timer and setting it to come on 3or4 hours before you need the the truck. You can select the temp you want to use it but freezing (32*f) might be a good place to start. It's not going to hurt to use it or not outside of those parameters. But why pay for the electric if your not using the truck. If I remember right it's 1500w. Imagine how much you could light your place up with 15 100w light bulbs running around the clock. There's no thermostat feature so if it's plugged in- it's on.
Be sure to get a timer rated for that much current, and the extension cord too.
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If you only drive it once a month anyway, I would just plug it in a couple hours before each time you drive it.
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Also .... I'd drive it more than once a month if possible.

Seems that that advice is as valuable as getting a scanguage.... These things don't like to sit, and like to have the PIZZ run out of them once in awhile.... That's what I tell my wife as she's got the white knuckle grip on her sissy bar , hard to here the over the whistle
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