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Old 04-26-2007, 09:56 PM   #1
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mystery plug?

i've got a mystery 120v type plug right beside the front door of my blue bird. it appears to be a factory thing as it's sunk into/integrated into the body. factory inverter of some sort? block heater?
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:42 PM   #2
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Old 04-28-2007, 02:33 PM   #3
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My TC2000 likes to be plugged in...even when its not that cool out, it definitely appreciates even 5 mins. of electric heat.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:01 AM   #4
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I agree that your plug is almost certianly an electric 110 volt block heater. The electricity heats the engine coolant inside the engine block to help or even allow the engine to start in cold weather. Pretty much anytime you want to start your bus at or below freezing it's not a bad idea to plug in the block heater for an hour.

the 5.9 in phills bus is better in nearly every aspect than my dt360 except for cold starting! That's one thing that cummins motor doesn't seem to appreciate. I think my old 6.6 liter ford was even better at cold starting. Even when it was nearly zero degrees. My dt30 can sound very angry when she starts and it's like 10 degrees outside.
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I just wish my block heater worked. I think my is shorted out inside the block. I hate the idea of taking a antifreeze shower when popping the old one out.
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the 5.9 in phills bus is better in nearly every aspect than my dt360 except for cold starting! That's one thing that cummins motor doesn't seem to appreciate. I think my old 6.6 liter ford was even better at cold starting. Even when it was nearly zero degrees.
I have never used my block heater (I don't have a 500 foot 6 gauge extension cord) and only ONCE has my bus failed to start for me...and since I've added since then added enough battery power to be able to crank it. It might sound angry for the first 15 seconds or so, but it smoothes out after that and gets oil pressure within 3-5 seconds of startup.

I agree on those 5.9's being a little cold blooded. With pretty flat batteries there was just nothing happening for Olddog's TC2K when I went up there to check it out for him. After they brought his TWO 8D's back up there were no issues.
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