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Old 01-07-2015, 12:07 AM   #1
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Starting in Very cold weather

Per the manual I do not start/run my engine until ready to travel. Our plans have us leaving this Thursday morning and the forecast is for -15 temps with the wind chill. I have the block heater plugged in. My question is wether I should start it for awhile the day before just to lube things up or just let it go until travel time? I have no idea as to which way to go and need some big Berky advice!


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Old 01-07-2015, 05:37 AM   #2
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start it the day you leave and let it idle for about ten min. to get the turbo warm. then go slow till everything gets warm, ( engine and tran.)

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Old 01-07-2015, 05:46 AM   #3
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The biggest question is do you have blended fuel in the tank. At -15 if you do not your fuel will gell.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:56 AM   #4
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Should the engine block heater be used prior to starting. I haven't used it, but believe that it needs to be plugged in (at the rear compartment), probably turn the circuit breaker and have either shore power or generator on. Is that correct; I am heading south in two days?
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Yes, plug in your block heater the day before and leave it plugged in until you are ready to start the engine.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:56 AM   #6
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Starting in Very cold weather

On my Berkshire you can turn breaker on under the bed & plug heater in at the rear compartment. Assuming you are on shore power this will work

You can also just run an extension cord and just plug in the block from shore power. Overnight be more than adequate but will work fine. Three or four hours be ok.

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Old 01-07-2015, 08:19 AM   #7
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If I were getting ready for a big trip in weather that cold I would definitely start it the day before and let it run long enough to get warmed up.
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I have not driven an air brake vehicle in weather that cold, so I wonder if frozen air lines are a concern and how to determine if it is safe to travel.

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If you aren't running #1 diesel you best get some fuel conditioner put in the tank as -15 will surely gel. As for air lines you should have an air dryer in the line to take care of that and drain you tank regularly or have a bleeder on the tank.
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Should you plug in hoe engine heater if the temp gets into the teens ?? Not going anywhere but have wondered if it's a good practice to just plug in the heater when it gets that cold....

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