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Old 11-05-2015, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Nope not me . My timer is usually when I get up and start the generator at 3 am to warm up the car. I may get the power lines extended to my land next summer.... How long do you suggest setting the timer to come on each day while I'm gone if I go that route?
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Easy to find around[in hardware stores] this time of year as they sell them to turn on and off Christmas lights.
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Easy to find around[in hardware stores] this time of year as they sell them to turn on and off Christmas lights.
Oh I didn't even think of that and I actually just saw them in Home Depot last week, too! Dur!

6.7 it depends on how cold it is and what size vehicle you're heating up (volume of fluids, etc)... I have a 6.0L V8 and I set my timer for 4-hours before I leave. Four hours is probably excessive.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:41 AM
 
Location: NP AK/SF NM
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Many places such as the airport cycle their plugins....30 minutes on, 30 minutes off.

I have a vehicle that gets used very rarely during the winter so I keep just a trickle charger on it at all times until I want to use it, then turn on the rest of the heating stuff a couple of hours beforehand....and it always starts. That does necessitate having two separate plugin cords hanging out the front of the vehicle though.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:45 AM
 
Location: NP AK/SF NM
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What part of the state? What time of year? If mid winter:
SE =just leave it
SC =plug in when you get back
Fairbanks = at -50 forget it or store inside
I haven't had a garage for over 20 years and all my vehicles are outside. If you keep them plugged in they WILL start.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Just like a regular plug in timer from a hardware store and set it to come on for a few hours a day and stay plugged in the whole time? Didn't think of that....
Not that one. You would have to buy an outdoors (weather resistant) timer. I usually buy some at Brown Electrics, but I have seen them at Walmart and other stores.

Something like this one:
TORK 15-Amp 24-Hour Outdoor Weatherproof Plug-In Mechanical Timer with Multiple ON/OFF-2 Grounded Outlet-602B - The Home Depot

You don't want a photo-cell on it, just a 24-hour dial to choose the hours you want the timer to power the components keeping the motor warm or the battery charged, and the hours you don't want to energize those components.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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Nope not me . My timer is usually when I get up and start the generator at 3 am to warm up the car. I may get the power lines extended to my land next summer.... How long do you suggest setting the timer to come on each day while I'm gone if I go that route?
Duration depends on the size of the engine and the fuel type - diesel or gasoline. to cut to the chase, 3 hours would be ample for any application, that is the amount of time i set my timer for when utilizing my 99' Ford F250 with the 7.3 powerstroke diesel, a very large engine with high demand cold starting. An aside; an oil pan heater is very advantageous in that it allows for much easier cranking as well as mitigating premature wear during initial starts by promoting easier/faster oil flow to moving parts.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Thanks for all the responses. Vehicle in question is a jeep patriot with a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder. It has a block heater, oil pan heater and a battery trickle charger. Should I set the timer to come on for three hours each day while I'm gone for the month then?

I'm also thinking about removing my led light bar. I don't know if there is a light bar theft problem in fairbanks but with only two Allen wrench screws it seems like it would be pretty easy to rip off on obviously unattended vehicle....
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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Just plug it in.
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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Thanks for all the responses. Vehicle in question is a jeep patriot with a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder. It has a block heater, oil pan heater and a battery trickle charger. Should I set the timer to come on for three hours each day while I'm gone for the month then?

I'm also thinking about removing my led light bar. I don't know if there is a light bar theft problem in fairbanks but with only two Allen wrench screws it seems like it would be pretty easy to rip off on obviously unattended vehicle....
3 hours would be more than enough time. Personally, I would set it for two hours prior to your anticipated return time with such a small engine and crank case volume.
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