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Question Is It Safe To Run Your Truck For Short Period Of Time On The "Rope"?

I've got a timer for my block heater chord & a remote starter for the truck, so I don't actually go outside, put the key in the ignition to start, & take the block heater chord off in the morning. It dawned on me that my truck runs for about 15-20min. with a hot block heater chord still plugged in to it. I haven't done this a lot as it's only been about a week in RI that we've had really cold temps that won't allow the truck to start on GPs alone. I usually use the rope at about 20*-25*F depending on wind or pressing weather conditions, so it's not like my truck's spent it's lifetime doing this. I can't really see it doing any damage, but thought it'd be a good idea to ask.

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I don't think it's a problem as long as you remember to unplug it before you drive away..

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I don't think it's a problem as long as you remember to unplug it before you drive away..
Ouuuuuuuuuu.....now that you mention "before you drive away", I let my wife borrow my truck this morning.....I think I gotta make a phone call.

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Ouuuuuuuuuu.....now that you mention "before you drive away", I let my wife borrow my truck this morning.....I think I gotta make a phone call.
I've driven off with the block heater still plugged in a few times... lol



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My woman has pulled out of the drive at least 3 times with truck still plugged in. I come out side to see the cord stretched 50ft down the drive way. lol

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I did it once! Luckily it just unplugged in place and didn't wreck anything. That was last winter. I have yet to plug it in yet this winter as it is usually parked in a heated garage at night (45 deg F)

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Ouuuuuuuuuu.....now that you mention "before you drive away", I let my wife borrow my truck this morning.....I think I gotta make a phone call.
How'd THAT phone call go?


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I've driven off with the block heater still plugged in a few times... lol
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My woman has pulled out of the drive at least 3 times with truck still plugged in. I come out side to see the cord stretched 50ft down the drive way. lol
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I did it once! Luckily it just unplugged in place and didn't wreck anything. That was last winter. I have yet to plug it in yet this winter as it is usually parked in a heated garage at night (45 deg F)
Yeah, I've been guilty a time or 2 for driving off with the rope still plugged in. My wife does it more often than not & nothing usually happens. One time I drove off, the damn head for the block heater chord broke off. Just my luck vs. my wife's luck. LOL!
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How'd THAT phone call go?
NOT GOOD! It was like she knew when & what I was going to call about & didn't answer the phone right away. Took like 2-3 tries! Then when she picks up, I ask her if she remembered to unplug the rope & she said "OH NO! I DON'T THINK I DID!" So I was kinda POed for the day. Then she swings by my shop with her car & I asked where the truck was. SHE SAID SHE NEVER TOOK THE TRUCK!!!! SHE ENDED UP TAKING HER CAR AFTER ALL! She just wanted to screw with me. It was revenge for not checking the dog's room(heated garage) before I left the other day. I swore up & down I locked the dog's room & I actually didn't bother checking. They got out & ravaged the trash & she got stuck cleaning up! Damn, revenge is always a dish best served on a cold platter. Paybacks are an MF!

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My buddy's wife used to do same thing with their excursion so he tied a noisy bell to the extension cord that would make enough noise to remind her it was still plaugged in. The bell looked like something that would hang from a cow's neck.
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My buddy's wife used to do same thing with their excursion so he tied a noisy bell to the extension cord that would make enough noise to remind her it was still plaugged in. The bell looked like something that would hang from a cow's neck.
That's a good idea! I'm gonna try that!

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