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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-01-2011, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Who's Truck Fits In Their Garage?

One thing I never even thought about when I got my truck (which I just drove home from the dealership today) was the fact that it won't fit in my garage! Doh! Guess I should have sprung for that remote start eh?

For those who don't park theirs indoors, do you use the block heaters in the winter? I'm in Southern Ontario so it's not like it gets ridiculously cold, but I still think I'll plug it in for the cold nights...
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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-02-2011, 12:55 AM
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lol

You have to do your research ;-)

Got my XLT with 6.5 box just over a month ago

I was sufficiently anal to measure and had the remote starter installed right away. I actually need 2 more inches in my garage but hey-ho.

It went down to minus 25 or something for a few days last weekend and truck started without any trouble without using the block heater. Glad of the remote start in the morning.
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Just let most of the air out of your tires. The truck should slip right in.

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My Supercrew with the 5.5 box fits into my garage with just 6" to spare at either end .
Yes, I measured things before purchasing it.
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in the owners manual it says you only need to use block heater if the temp is going down to below -14C or something?
but it does help.
set it on a timer to come on a few hours before you're leaving in the morning.
truck warms up fairly quickly once you get in it and start driving with the block heater.
i wonder if anyone has done a comparison on operating costs of block heater vs remote starter.
fuel consumption of idling for however long vs. electricity used...
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Ya my main thought for using the block heater is so that the cabin warms up faster when I get in. Canadian Tire had a programable timer for block heaters on sale this past weekend for 70% off so I picked one up. I will likely set it to come on for 5 am (I leave for work around 8)...
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I built my own garage (27' long by 22' wide) and made sure to make it long enough fora crewcab longbox. Then I put an eight foot (12' wide) door to be able to fit a lifted truck. With my cc lb in the garage, I have 1 1/2' between the truck and my bench. A bit tight for working on the truck, but once it's done (head gaskets), I'll slide the Bronco back in there...and have a ton of room.

2-3 hours is sufficient for the block heater. Anymore than that and you're wasting cash. Block heaters use 1000W's of electricity and will raise the hydro bill, especially if you "plug in" everyday. A heavy duty timer is a must.

What people often overlook, is when they are at work. What do you do there? Where I work we got lucky and had an "understanding" electrician and he installed an all-weather outlet on one of the light poles in the parking lot. Sure nice to come out after a twelve hour shift and have a warm truck to climb in.


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post #8 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-02-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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Never measured my truck length wise but it wont fit height wise so there was no need plus a diesel in a garage on startup wouldnt be nice lol


I now use the blockheater makes a world of difference not only for in cab heat but on startup and not working the engine.


What I dont like is the truck wont fit in my shop to work on in the winter and letting the air out of the tires wouldnt help lol guess I should have spent the $ and lifted the shop up before I finished the interior.



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My truck fits in my garage as it's a car and half wide and I have 3 feet at each end to be able to walk around the truck, if I had a roll bar with lights on it then the truck won't fit in the garage as it would be to high cause I put a 2 1/2 " lift on the truck and she rides on 315/70/17 rubber.

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mine's 20x 40, with a 10' door, fit's both my cars end to end just fine, no heat in it yet but keeps the snow and frost off in the winter and that's all that matters!!
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