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Old 11-08-2019, 07:37 PM
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Iíll be tailgating tomorrow and will set up a tv to run off the plug on my F150ís dash. I donít want to run my battery dead. Can I safely leave my truck engine running for a few hours? Should I turn it off and on periodically? Dumb question Iím sure but whatís the deal?

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Old 11-08-2019, 09:15 PM
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You can let your truck idle for hours with no problems, just be mindful of the exhaust if you are close to it, or if it is near others.

I usually carry one of my deep cycle batteries out of my little fishing boat and hook my inverter to it.

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What about a solar battery charger. Less than $50 sit it on your dash
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The newer fords (2015+) will give you a warning and auto shut off after 25 min, donít quote me on the time but mine turns off all of the time when i let it idle in park
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Just start it every half hour our so and let it idle for a few minutes. Done it a million times tailgating at games and concerts.
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Old 11-09-2019, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Flycableguy View Post
Just start it every half hour our so and let it idle for a few minutes. Done it a million times tailgating at games and concerts.
Now I don't know what they do now-a-days but alternators are not designed to provide a meaningful charge rate at idle....I'd go with the solar panel.
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Originally Posted by Flycableguy View Post
Just start it every half hour our so and let it idle for a few minutes. Done it a million times tailgating at games and concerts.
This. No need to constantly run
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I let the engine run for the better part of 4 hours and watched LSU take it to Bama. This is a 2018 F150. It did not auto shut off. If I turned it off the power went out to the TV so I had to leave it running.
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Get a lil Honda 2000 eu!
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:46 PM
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I don’t think the inverter works on my ‘19 unless it’s running
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I worked for a guy that left his Porsche running all day because he didn't want to get into a cold car in winter. He bought a new one every year or two and daily drove it everyday even in NE Winters.
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Just asking for trouble. IMHO.
1. Get a generator.
2. Get a Genius Jump starter.
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Technically it won't hurt anything. The manufacturers log thousands of hours idling at all temperature/conditions. But its honestly a waste. Use a small generator or a deep cycle battery like mentioned. I wouldn't want to sit there inhaling exhaust all day.... but then again you might get a good buzz without drinking lol (joking do not intentionally inhale exhaust)
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Don't get a generator. Get an inverter generator and a long high quality extension cord. Inverter units are like what Honda and Yamaha sells so many of, and their engines speed up and slow down with whatever load is needed at the time. They're so much quieter and efficient.
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Perfect excuse to get a diesel.
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