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Old 01-15-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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Come on down. The Water is fine. So Glad you got her to go. Just don't forget to unplug your block heater when you get her running for the trip down.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:22 PM   #16
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Woo Hoo! We got it started! Thank you everyone for all your help! We will be heading south on Tuesday (hopefully.. haha). We will have a blog, if you are interested in following us. Jackdianaroadtrip.tumblr.com. Again, thanks! You guys are great!
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I bet there are more than a few of us that would like to know how you actually got it to start, found a plug in, warmer weather, batteries fully charged from the genny?
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:37 PM   #17
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Here's another tip for starting your diesel engine when it's cold outside.

First, as others have recommended, find and turn on the engine block heater for a couple hours to warm the block. My block heater switch is in my 'one place' panel in my Winnebago.

If you can't turn on the engine block heater, cycle the pre-heat 'wait-to-start' system 3-4 times before turning over. This helps warm the intake air, helping it to start.

To do this, simply turn the key on without turning over the engine, until the 'wait-to-start' light turns off. Turn the key off, and then on again, repeating this cycle. Do this 3-4 times without cranking the engine. It should start, unless it's really cold out, like below '0F'.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:29 AM   #18
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I bet there are more than a few of us that would like to know how you actually got it to start, found a plug in, warmer weather, batteries fully charged from the genny?
Well, what we did not understand, because our dealer miss informed us, is that the pre-heat button actually turns on the block heat. Our dealer told us all we needed to do was turn on the pre-heat button for a few minutes because that button would heat up the glow plug and the engine would start. Well once you all informed us correctly, we left the pre-heat on for 2 hours and it started right up. Last night we left it on all night and we do not plan on turning it off until tomorrow morning when we leave! LOL! Thanks again everyone!
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Here's another tip for starting your diesel engine when it's cold outside.

First, as others have recommended, find and turn on the engine block heater for a couple hours to warm the block. My block heater switch is in my 'one place' panel in my Winnebago.

If you can't turn on the engine block heater, cycle the pre-heat 'wait-to-start' system 3-4 times before turning over. This helps warm the intake air, helping it to start.

To do this, simply turn the key on without turning over the engine, until the 'wait-to-start' light turns off. Turn the key off, and then on again, repeating this cycle. Do this 3-4 times without cranking the engine. It should start, unless it's really cold out, like below '0F'.
Pusherman, thanks for that tip!
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #20
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You probably have it started by now, but if you have not, here is what you need to do as I had the same problem with my 2006 Phaeton. I called Tiffin Service Department. They were so very helpful and walked me through all the steps. Because of that, I have gained a lot of respect for Tiffin Motor home - not only their products are superior, but so is their service. Back to your question:
The Engine Preheat, on mine, is on the console on the left hand side of the driver. It requires 120 V AC, so you could either use your shore plug or your generator. When the AC is plugged in, then you simply turn the switch on the console labeled "Engine Preheat" and it should light up. If not, then there may be some problem with the fuse, under the driver side outside bay, on mine it requires a triangular key to open. Also, if you look into the power cord compartment you will see two 120 V AC plugs, one of them is your engine preheat there is should be tagged labeled such. You can check this plug when you are connected to the shore power to see if you have power. Remember this plug is turned on by the switch on the console. If all fails, don't hesitate to call Tiffin Service - THEY ARE VERY HELPFUL!
Depending upon the temperature, you would have to leave it on for at least a couple of hours.
You are right; there is nothing in the manuals about this, which I am surprised.

Good luck on your trip to the warm country!

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Sorry I did not see this thread earlier. Continue to ask here for more information. There really are a lot of Tiffin owners on this site. The other location one can find information is www.TRVN.com.

Depending on your chassis do not hesitate to seek information from them such as the Freightliners Custom Chassis Owners Group.

And most of all do not hesitate to join in on the Freightliner users weekly chat right here every Wenesday evening.
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