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Old 02-21-2020, 04:19 PM   #1
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Front Bumper Recepticle

The Thomas owners manual is of little or no use. There is a male weatherproof receptacle above the front bumper. Is this for a block heater, charging, other?
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Old 02-21-2020, 04:34 PM   #2
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Engine block pre-heater.
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Old 02-21-2020, 05:17 PM   #3
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Yup, it is for the engine block heater. They usually come in 1500W and 1800W varieties (from Freightliner).
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Old 02-21-2020, 11:27 PM   #4
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I wish my socket looked that nice!
Mines all corroded...

As said -- block heater. If you follow the wires from it, you'll see they lead to a plug set in the block.
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Old 02-22-2020, 12:26 AM   #5
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Yeah, mine is not so pristine either.
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