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post #1 of 21 Old 10-11-2012, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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What temp do you plug in at?

Hey guys,

At what temps do you start plugging your trucks in at night?

Just trying to get some input since my daily commute is about 3 miles each way and with the temps dipping into the low 30's at night here lately I've had to idle my truck for about 15 minutes before she hits the 100* mark.

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idling your truck to warm it up is THE WORST thing you can do...

just get in and drive the thing
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Sorry should have posted that I high idle it, not just regular idle.

I refuse to get in it and drive right away, I live .5 miles from the interstate that I take to work where everyone is doing 70mph.

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I live about 500 feet from the highway and I just jump in and go - even in the 30 below weather that we get up here - although the truck is parked in a garage. I have 5w 40 synthetic in mine. If its parked outside I plug it in once the temperature drops below about 15 degrees F. I own about 20 diesel engines and have yet to see one actually wear out.


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+15 degrees or lower before you need to plug in. Use Syn oil and never plug in..
Remember, your truck will use 1,500 watts of power, so plugging in all night will definitely screw your electric bill.

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I plug it in at 30 degrees, I don't like cold starts. That's at work though, when I'm home it's parked in the garage that seldom gets below 50.

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I think someone did the math and it added 20 or so dollars to your bill to plug it in for a month. Of course prices vary.

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I normally plug in when it gets into the 30s. I plug it in a lot and never noticed any major jump in the eletric bill
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I plug it in at 30 degrees, I don't like cold starts. That's at work though, when I'm home it's parked in the garage that seldom gets below 50.
plug it in at work huh

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