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Old 11-04-2015, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Say a hypothetical person (definitely not me, so don't try to rob my house) is going down south for a month long vacation and is leaving their car at the airport or a hotel with airport shuttle for the duration of the time their gone. This will be in the dead of winter.

Should I:
A) leave the car plugged In the entire time?
B) try and tip the hotel guy and talk him/her into plugging it in the day before I arrive?
C) try to kill some time when I return and just plug it in for a few hours when I get back ?

Wondering what other people do in this scenario? Leaving it plugged in for a month seems excessive, but I wasn't sure what would happen if it just sat there for a month in -40 temps.

Thanks and sorry for the newbie question!
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I know when I was stationed at Elmendorf AFB many years ago (1980). I was going to be out of town for close to a month. It was wintertime (Feb). I was worried as you are, as to what I should do about my car. I wasn't sure the airport had plugins, and if they did would they have enough. So rather than worry I ended up leaving it, with friends that lived not far from the airport. They would start it up every day while I was gone. When I got back it started right up. I doubt it would have had my friends, not started it and let it run for awhile every day.

In your case. I would just ask around as to what people do. I would also call the airport parking lot or the hotels where you might park, what do people do about their cars.

I can't see how a car will start up, after sitting for a month in that extreme cold. I would think it would have to be plugged in to start.
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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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
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:14 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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If you're storing it at Pike's while you're gone, I believe it's routine to just tell them the date you'll be back, and they'll plug it in the day before. I've done this a few times. Last time I left it, the guy brushed off and shoveled out my truck for me before I got there, too, which was really nice.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Thanks, this is in fairbanks. I'll look into staying at pikes the night before. Hopefully the hotel will accommodate me and plug it in the day before I come back.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Thanks, this is in fairbanks. I'll look into staying at pikes the night before. Hopefully the hotel will accommodate me and plug it in the day before I come back.
The only problem I can see is that the battery can be discharged by the time you come back, unless you have a trickle-charger and maintainer such as a BatteryTender or similar. However, the car has to be plugged-in for the charger to do it's work.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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I do have a battery trickle charger installed. Hopefully being plugged in for a day or two before hand will do the trick with the trickle charger? It's a relatively new battery so hopefully a jump will get her started if not. ...
I guess a dead battery would be a small price to pay for the warmth of the sun!
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Why don't you just buy a timer?
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Why don't you just buy a timer?
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....
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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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....
Well yes, but you buy it from auto parts store.

I thought everybody owned a timer... ??
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