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So my truck sits at home all week while i drive the company truck. Should I leave the truck plugged in all week? Any down sides to this?

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If it is the stock heater, you won't hurt anything but your wallet. If you have an idea on how long it will sit, and when you'll drive it again, you could just use a programmable timer.

If it is a 1500 watt heater, then I wouldn't leave it plugged in for more than an hour 2 if it doesn't have a thermostat to turn it off when hot, depending on how cold it was.

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If it is the stock heater, you won't hurt anything but your wallet. If you have an idea on how long it will sit, and when you'll drive it again, you could just use a programmable timer.

If it is a 1500 watt heater, then I wouldn't leave it plugged in for more than an hour 2 if it doesn't have a thermostat to turn it off when hot, depending on how cold it was.
I believe its a stock heater. Why would it hurt my wallet to plug it in? electricity? Where can i find a programmable timer and how does that work? Thanks!

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Yep, electrical cost.

The timer just plugs in to the outlet before the extension cord. The electronic ones work the same as a programmable thermostat in your house. I don't use the mechanical ones. No worries about it breaking any plastic parts in severe cold.

Needs to be good for about 15 amps to cover your butt.

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I just use my high idle...

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