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I will restate the old diesel axiom. Just because you can start it unplugged, doesn't mean you SHOULD start it unplugged.
The primary cause of cylinder wear in any engine is cold starts, as the oil is thick and sluggish. On the first several cranks, the oil is not in the cylinders, and its metal to metal (pistons against walls). Thankfully, Cummins will start unaided if need be, but its really hard on the engine, and if this is constantly done, it will NOT hit a million miles or near it.
If I were you, I'd be willing to walk a few blocks if I could find somewhere to plug it in. I have the same dilemma when I stay in motels in winter; so far, no one has messed with my extension cord, but if it runs across a sidewalk, I place a mat over the cord so no one will trip over it.
97 2500 4wd, AT, 3.54, 560k +, stock except for AFE filter and BD steering brace.