Originally Posted by gballenger
I have been able to get the oil and water temp up when running it. I'm preparing to start travelling in the middle of next month. Temps are already in the 40's during the day. I also have a block heater activated. Are you saying I shouldn't drive it till the summer? I lived in it during the winter of '20-'21 and had no problems.
I think what they said was donít idle the engine unless you are going to drive it to get it up to FULL operating temperature. You would be better to check to make sure that your engine batteries are being charged while hooked to shore power. Start it the day before you leave and get it up to temp.
Yes the block heater helps as the oil flows better at startup, but you should still get it up to temp, if not just wait till departure day.
In all likelihood, once you pull out of the driveway and get an hour under your belt you wonít have any problems with the engine idling or the batteries staying charged.