November 13, 2011i am looking at getting a cummins again within the next week or so, it is going to be a 98-02 5.9l 24v. and my main concern is that here in cleveland we get a lot of cold weather and i know that the truck needs to be plugged in during the winter and i live in an apartment so i cant plug it in. so my question is, is there something out there that i could use to plug into it during the winter like a jumper box or something or could i get a power inverter and plug it into that or would it just drain my battery? any info would help. thanks
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November 13, 2011Yes and check into the fuel tank warmer as well, and keep a bottle of anti gel with you.Do some checking ask management if the outdoor outlets on the building and invest in a heavy duty extension cord.Inverter are good so long as the batteries are 100% charged.
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November 13, 2011ok.. thank you. so a power inverter would work then with out draining my batteries by morning? and how big of a power inverter should i get
November 13, 2011Honestly if you use a good quality winter additive your not gonna have any problems. I started my 02 with no intake heater and not plugged in after sitting for 8 hours at -20 and it started. Granted it was chugging from no intake heater, but once the cylinders got a little heat it idled just like normal. You don`t need a tank heater or anything. I really don`t notice any difference when either my 02 or or 06 is plugged in for 8 hours. Just remember idleing won`t will never warm a diesel up, driving it will. Once you have oil pressure drive it nicely then once it is fully warmed up you can get on it as much as you want. Look into getting a cold front or use a piece of carboard sitting infront of the radiator to help keep some cool air from going across the radiator. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask. I have been working on diesels for going on 8 years and live in western nebraska where it get real cold.
November 14, 2011I don`t think I would ever plug my block heater into my own truck. I have seen people run cords out of windows in apartments to plug in their trucks. Like MT said, use a good additive and you should be good.
If you have to, you can get a Webasto`s Blue Heat coolant heater. That will run off of your own fuel and will keep the ingine warm and can also heat the interior of the truck. But you would still want to run a good additive for anti-gel and cetane increase.
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November 14, 2011I almost guarantee that if you run your block heater off your own truck your batteries will be dead by morning. Either talk to Building maintenance about an outdoor plug, or just make sure your batteries are charged and in good condition and use the grid heater in the morning. I have not plugged my truck in for almost five years and have never had an issue starting it in the dead of winter, even after sitting for weeks without being started.
November 15, 2011I have the same truck 98.5 24v dually and I have to keep her plugged in. Makes for an easier start for me, of course my truck is tempermental at times... I would`nt plug it in to my truck, to much to gamble when your ready to go to work in the morning. I used to live in an apt also and I hung a 100ft extension cord down fomr the balcony and ran it to my dodge. But the lardlords soon found out after a bit and procceded to unplugg it and thats a no no... U do not touch my truck lol (keeping it pg13) but I keep plugging it in till I moved and after all the arguements. I would check with your landlords and work out something... Trust me it will be less stressfull. Good Luck.
I have a Big Bumper and I`m not afraid to use it!