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post #1 of 13 Old 10-23-2013, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Cold weather package?

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I have a 2011 f350 with a plug behind the front license plate that the dealer told me is the plug in for the cold weather package. Since I don't use it as a daily driver and when I don't drive it, the truck is under the front of my camper, should I have it plugged in? Especially since it is starting to get colder? Truck can sit up to 3 weeks without being started, usually less though.

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I'd have it on a battery tender for both batteries if it sits that long. You can plug in the block heater for a few hours before you're ready to drive it during cold weather. Amazing how great that works! No need (harm?) plugging the block heater in for 3 weeks.
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You could also look into a good solar panel set up as well to keep those batt's at 100%. I would be concerned about the mice if my truck was parked that long.

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I have power outlets where I keep the camper, so I keep the camper plugged in the whole time but am wondering if I should plug the trucks block heater in. Any harm in doing it and leaving it for 3 weeks at a time?

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pointless leaving it plugged it in for that long as stated above only needs to be plugged in 3hrs or so before starting its more of a block heater i believe so not gonna do any good would have a batter tender on it tho so the battery don't die.

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You could leave it plugged in that long if your just itching to double your utility bill. Personally I wouldn't bother plugging it in unless your like 0 degrees. Even my old 08 I never once plugged it in. These trucks don't need it like the old 7.3s did unless your in climate way below freezing
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I have power outlets where I keep the camper, so I keep the camper plugged in the whole time but am wondering if I should plug the trucks block heater in. Any harm in doing it and leaving it for 3 weeks at a time?
I'd be worried about burning out the block heater by running 24/7 unnecessarily. D

Don't forget the power cost either, the block heater is between 700 and 1000 watts.

Plug it in when you need it, overnight is OK but 3-4 hours is all that's necessary.

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pointless leaving it plugged it in for that long as stated above only needs to be plugged in 3hrs or so before starting its more of a block heater i believe so not gonna do any good would have a batter tender on it tho so the battery don't die.
Agreed! Only plug it in 3 hrs (or night before) before you plan on driving the truck... Otherwise your just paying higher electric bills to maintain the same level of heat achieved after the first 3hrs of being plugged in.

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Get a timer, then you don't have to leave it plugged in overnight or wake up 3 hours before you normally do to plug it in


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Get a timer, then you don't have to leave it plugged in overnight or wake up 3 hours before you normally do to plug it in


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That's what I did when I had my last 7.3... Walmart sells a digital timer for like $8.99 and it worked like a charm. If you leave for work a 6:30 set the timer to power on by 3:30-4:00 and have it turn off at 7:00 just incase you don't drive the truck for some reason that day.

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