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Stand Alone Block Heaters?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by DS Landscape, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. DS Landscape

    DS Landscape Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 2

    - We own a 2002 Sierra 2500hd diesel with 350,000+kms on it as one of our work trucks.

    - I am taking some courses away from home and the property manager where I am renting is refusing to let me have an extension cord running across the sidewalk for liability reasons.

    - Does anyone have any recommendations for a cost effective solution to this problem?


  2. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

  3. plowinginma

    plowinginma Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 326

    I have never seen that thanks for sharing.. Very cool concept No prices on the site.. wonder how much??
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2010
  4. speedy

    speedy Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    6 hundred or so. (they run 700 in Canada.)

    Check Ebay
  5. DavCut

    DavCut Member
    Messages: 56

    You could try one of those jump start battery packs that has a built in inverter. If you had a timer in the line you could set it to come on a few hours before you were looking to start the truck. Depending upon the setup you might even be able to charge it while you are plowing to be ready for the next cold start....
  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    I think a block heater would run a battery with an inverter dry in no time, they draw a bit of juice
  7. speedy

    speedy Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    Do like they did in the olden days with the Model T's, drain the oil, remove the battery and take them inside every night, pre-warm the oil on the stove in the AM, re-install the battery and replace the oil, you're good to go!! LOL.
  8. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    i would do it any ways or see if you can park by a garadge so yuo can plug it in when it gets below 30
  9. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    A small generator.
  10. speedy

    speedy Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    Synthetic oil, GOOD high capacity batteries, all 8 functioning glow plugs, clean injectors, injector timing spot on. Definitely stay away from starting fluids.
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You guys make owning a diesel sound like so much fun....

    Actually the generator is probably the best bet. But borrow one, a nice loud one. He will let you use a cord in about three days:D
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Park on the sidewalk.

    Then the cord won't be a liability.
  13. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    These are the best 2 ideas i have seen.... Thanks for the laugh guy's that is great.

    I run Amsoil cold flow improver and never have a problem. But i run synthetic oil as well.
  14. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    Isnt there remote starters that start your truck and run it every 2 hours for 15 mins?
  15. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Are you more worried about it not starting in the cold or do you just not want to have it idle so long to let it warm up?
  16. plowman_25

    plowman_25 Member
    Messages: 71

    hahaha....thats great:drinkup:
  17. ConnorExum

    ConnorExum Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Diesel's are great... My stupid truck will start without ether injection in temps as low as 2 degrees...
  18. ConnorExum

    ConnorExum Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    How cold does it get? I'm sure that running a generator set all night long is going to annoy someone in the neighborhood. They tend to be rather loud and annoying. Have you thought about getting a manifold heater for the engine that runs on diesel fuel? They work really well. I have ether injection on my truck and it is great. I don't use it often just when it gets to about 1 or less. I can start my 7.8l diesel without much trouble in seriously low temperatures for a diesel engine: less than 32 to about 2 degrees. But I think a manifold heater would be your best bet. It would warm the air coming into the engine and make it easier to start.
  19. DS Landscape

    DS Landscape Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 2

    - Thanks everyone for the feedback
    - I have already had to replace one battery when it got to be about -25 C in December and I want to avoid any issues in the future
    - The guys is really a piece of work, he literally said to me 'I don't understand why anyone would buy a vehicle that won't start in Canadian winters...'
    - The stand alone prices seem to be really high so I am trying to convince him to let me put an extension cord cover like you see when city crews have to run power over the sidewalk. This is the most cost effective solution but the guy is a real bonehead.

    Thanks again everyone,
  20. ConnorExum

    ConnorExum Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    good luck.