We are frequently asked about making a DEF Diesel Fuel Trailer. The reason it’s a question is very simple: DEF must remain unconatminated in the field.
The handling of DEF is a sensitive matter. DEF exposed to extreme temperatures can be an issue as well. DEF freezes at 12 degrees F. DEF begins to degrade at temperatures above 85 degrees F, and is extremely sensitive to UV rays.
We encourage producers to keep minimum amounts of DEF at their farm or in their transport vehicles to protect their investment in DEF. Producers have a enough things to be concerned about on a daily basis, so making sure a farm hand has properly stored DEF each and every night shouldn’t be added to the list.
We would rather see DEF kept in the containers it is distributed in for safety reasons. DEF is meant to be handled in a closed loop environment. DEF is currently being distributed in:
- 1 Gallon Jug
- 2.5 Gallon Jug
- 55 Gallon Drum
- 275 Gallon Tote
- 330 Gallon Tote
- 5,000 Gallon Truckload
- 18,000 Gallon Railcar
These options are the best options for storing and transporting DEF to the field to avoid contaminations issues.
Should there even be a DEF diesel fuel trailer?
If the producer/enduser has considered the limitations of introducing one more tank to the process of getting DEF to the field then the answer is yes.
Producers and end users want the convenience of filling up the DEF and diesel tanks in their vehicle at one fill-up. Since it’s been our experience that tractors and equipment requiring DEF have not consumed DEF at the rates that most thought they would when DEF was first introduced, the DEF refill tank does not need a large capacity.