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Old 11-18-2012, 08:29 AM   eBay Motors  #1 (permalink)
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Question Leaving the ignition turned on

I was curious with my 2011 Chevy D/A if it is okay to leave the key turned on to leave the ignition on. I am asking because I have a truck camper with a battery disconnect. There are times I would like to leave the key on for extended periods of time to utilize some of the trucks battery bank. I have been curious about this for some time! My specific question is will leaving the key on for hours and hours damage my truck in anyway other than drawing down the batteries?


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Old 11-18-2012, 08:35 AM   eBay Motors  #2 (permalink)
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I assume your asking if this will affect anything other than the batteries? I don't see why it would hurt anything else but it could obviously draw your batteries down to where you couldn't start it but that would be a judgement call. I use the overhead light in my toy hauler while connected to my truck but thats it and they do not draw much power. I guess I may not understand exactly what your asking, when the trailer is hooked up on mine the lights work without leaving the key on.
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It should be fine. You could kill the batteries as you know, but thats all I can think of.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:42 AM   eBay Motors  #4 (permalink)
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Keo; I should have been more clear. What I am asking is will it do any damage to the trucks igintion system or electrical system to leave the ignition turned on for hours and hours at a time.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:40 AM   eBay Motors  #5 (permalink)
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Okay, that's what I was kind of thinking, wasn't trying to being ignorant or anything just making sure. I agree with 01 D max and think that it would only hurt batteries as well. Will the accessory position not provide the power?
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:28 PM   eBay Motors  #6 (permalink)
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If you turn on the ignition, to the run position with the engine cold the glow plugs would cycle.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:40 PM   eBay Motors  #7 (permalink)
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Yes it has to be in the run position to connect my batteries to the truck camper. That is how the relay is set up. And yes the glow plugs would get activated would they continue to cycle over and over again or just activate once. I would really like to get a definitive answer on this.
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When the light goes out the glow plugs have ended their cycle. I wouldnt want to leave the key on all the time personally. The charging terminal in your trailer plug should feed power at all times... Unless you mean your is setup to cut power unless your key is on. I'd sooner run jumper cables to the camper batteries if it were me. Then your truck wont use any power with the key on, but you canstill use the trucks battery power.
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