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Mike Sloggatt, Lavittown, New York
DEF Spout Winterizing Rescue
2013 Ford F-350
2000 Custom Built Camper
Winterizing my truck camper requires pouring antifreeze into the water inlet from outside. Finding a funnel, and then holding the funnel and the gallon antifreeze is clumsy.
Many five-gallon boxes of DEF fluid for diesels come with a flexible spout to facilitate filling the DEF reservoir.
I realized that the spout threads fit a one-gallon antifreeze container perfectly. I just kept the spout when I disposed of the DEF box. Then, I washed and rinsed it a few times and keep it in the camper toolbox.
When I need to install antifreeze, I screw it on the jug and extend the collapsable spout.
There is a built-in vent in the spout and it takes less than a minute to empty a one-gallon jug of antifreeze into the tank. It sure makes winterizing easy.
It has been perfect! If you don’t drive a diesel, find a friend who does and buys the five-gallon box from the big box stores. You could also ask a local diesel repair shop.
It took me one minute to complete this modification and cost me the DEF fluid price, which I needed for my truck. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.
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