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We are looking at BBQ grills. Okay, yeah we are still in S&B but we are thinking of what might be suitable for our future home on wheels that can make the transition.  It should be compact and reasonably versatile.  We have, so far only looked at the Coleman "Road Trip" grills. I think they run off the tiny propane bottles, but there is an adapter to run off conventional propane 20lb or larger cylinders. We would be looking for that option also.  We don't grill a lot, mostly because the last one we bought wore out and we never replaced it, but as we move toward FT we are thinking that outdoor grilling will be more desireable than heating up 400 sq ft of indoor space. Any thoughts or recommendations appreciated.



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We have one of the weber Q grills and love it. It's the Q100 which I don't think they make any more. I think the numbers now are something like Q1000 and Q2000. You can adapt it to use larger propane as well. 



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small webber -Q.....second motion !!!!!



also colman makes a small one similar to the webber that has the cast iron grill plate and circular burner,,,equally nice

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Jo and I have one of the Coleman Road Trip (I keep wanting to call it a Coleman "Road kill") grills.  Ours is the blue one.  It came with both a griddle and a grill side.  About a month ago, we went by and bought an additional one of both kinds, just in case we wanted to do all grilling or all griddling.  I'm not the cook, but Jo really likes ours, once she knows for sure that the flame is going and she can see how high she has them.

We bought one of the stands where the legs will collapse and then fold up to be a compact unit for storage.  That's one of the things I've got to figure out as to where and how I will stow it in either the trucks or in the trailer.  Here in Oklahoma, we don't do a lot of grilling because we can sometimes have some extensive times of burn bans where outdoor grilling is not allowed, even with gas.  However, we have four of those small cans of LPG and still haven't used up the first one yet.

Jo definitely wanted one that was big enough that we could cook for more than just the two of us.

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We have a Coleman Road Trip(red one). Like it, works great. We run an adapter hose off a 20lb bottle. You could even run an auxiliary line off of your RV.

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We have the Coleman as well (it collapses into a bag and seemed perfect but we've only used a couple of times and are already having issues with it. Might be a bad unit or an indicator of a poor product...lee's not done diagnosing yet so not sure...but bought I would grow it out there. Personally I've been cooking a ton on the campfire and having a blast with it. Little more challenging obviously but the food tastes great.

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We have the Weber Baby Q and it has served it's purpose well. However I find myself missing the ability to smoke. So I am considering adding a small smoker if I can find one to suit my needs AND small enough.

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Weber Q grill 100 is perfect size and works well

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We have a Cuisinart propane grill.  It's small but since there's only 2 of us, it works just fine & it's easy to store away.



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Another vote for the Weber Q1000. I tried to cheap out years ago with a $79.95 stainless grill from Lowes and finally got the Weber last year. What a difference! The Weber does a great job of cooking and I have the adapter hose so I can use a 20 pound tank.

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Another option, the Magma Grill. We run it off our portable propane tank and love it, however, there's not a good option for indirect heat.



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This is the one I use by BBQ Grillware model GAT1913:



The lid is cast aluminum so it retains heat much better than those with thin steel lids but is not too heavy, like one with a cast iron lid would be. Yes, a little 1lb propane tank lasts a very long time, even on high. It has a shield which prevents the flame from touching the food, eliminating hot spots. The grate is porcelain coated for easily cleaning. It does drip when cooking greasy meat though, requiring a plate with a couple paper towels placed underneath to catch the mess. It breaks down easily for cleaning. I usually just spray it down with oven cleaner and hose it off when it gets too nasty.

My son bought it for me and it works great. I'll be using mine today. biggrin 

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and still another vote for the Weber100.

Another recommendable option is the O-grill 500. We got one for our truck camper, because it has foldable legs and is a little smaller and lighter than the Weber. The propane cylinder adapter is the same as with the Weber, so attaching a larger bottle should be possible.

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I highly recommend the Treager JR pellet grill. It's small enough to fit into the front area of the trailer perfectly. You can smoke or grill with it, just turn it on, set temp and go get an adult beverage. Perfect timing when you get back, it's ready to go to work for you.

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We just bought a www.lowes.com/pd_516431-40307-820-0033_4294610391__
Master Forge grill. So far its been decent for the price and size. Hoping it will last a little longer being a cheap stainless instead of a paint.



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I have used a Holland portable grill for years. The main reason is that it is like a convection oven with no direct flame to get to anything cooking. I have cooked bacon, chicken, and just about anything else I can think of to grill. It does take a bit longer to cook but you do not have to worry about burning your food. One caveat is cooking in extremely cold weather. It takes quite a bit longer. I really love to use it.

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Here in our S & B I grill on a Weber One Touch charcoal grill (black enamel kettle cooker). I gave up on propane many years ago do to flavor.  It's clearly a personal preference as some folks would never even consider charcoal for a variety of reasons.  I can grill on it, use it as a smoker, can cook everything from burgers and dogs to ribs, roasts, chicken, baked potatoes, various grilled vegetables, and even a whole turkey (12-13 lbs or less).  So my question is does anyone in the RV world use charcoal or are the logistics of it impractical in an RV setting?

Thank you all for this and the other threads on this forum.  As we prepare to enter the nomadic life embraced by all of you we have learned much that will make our transition easier.

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Just got a O grill to replace Weber Q grill which we will use at home. O Grill is slightly smaller and folds up to take less space in stowaway cargo carrier on RV. Haven't used it yet so can't comment on performance but it is very similar to Q Grill build wise so should be fine.

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BJBoyer22 wrote:

Here in our S & B I grill on a Weber One Touch charcoal grill (black enamel kettle cooker). I gave up on propane many years ago do to flavor.  It's clearly a personal preference as some folks would never even consider charcoal for a variety of reasons.  I can grill on it, use it as a smoker, can cook everything from burgers and dogs to ribs, roasts, chicken, baked potatoes, various grilled vegetables, and even a whole turkey (12-13 lbs or less).  So my question is does anyone in the RV world use charcoal or are the logistics of it impractical in an RV setting?

Thank you all for this and the other threads on this forum.  As we prepare to enter the nomadic life embraced by all of you we have learned much that will make our transition easier.

Best, Brad


 Brad,

I can't answer to whether others use charcoal or otherwise.  However, having lived in a state where grass fires are common (Oklahoma), many people don't use charcoal due to the fear of starting a fire.  When places like Oklahoma go to burn bans, charcoal grills are also banned from use, but propane ones usually are not.

While ours is a gas unit, I wouldn't have it any other way.  I guess I never got to the connoisseur status with regards to food preparation.  If it's cooked well, then I just eat it and go on.

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We are taking a Weber Q and a Weber Smokey Joe. We both prefer charcoal and don't have a propane grill of any size at the S&B. But knowing there will be restrictions on the road - and that sometimes we will want the "speed" of propane - we are taking both.

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We have the Traeger Jr which we use to smoke and grill. Jesses loves it. Travels sideways in the back of the truck. Sits on one of those "folding aluminum tables" from Walmart. We like it but I've missed our Weber Q and regular Weber grill from our S& B as I was experienced in cooking on them. We also use a small George Foreman inside or outside depending on temperature and weather conditions.

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I just purchased a Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill to replace the original one that only lasted about 20 years.  Hope this one lasts that long. biggrin

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Well I swore I would never like an electric BBQ grill then my DW purchased a Veranda Grill from QVC.

I don't even carry my propane BBQ grill anymore. This electric grill works great and provides the same cooking quality as a propane grill. No need to carry around an extra propane bottle.

She just bought a George Forman Outdoor Grill, I haven't tried it yet. It's very similar to the Veranda.

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Jim,

Your image of the grill didn't show up in the comment.  Is this the same one?

Weber Go Anywhere Grill

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We bought this at Cabela's In Pa and dh loves it.

Camp Chef Explorer Stove

he has the bbq grill accessory so we it on one side and use one burner.
we are parked for months at a time, but for travel it breaks down and gets stashed in it's bag.



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Terry, 

Yeah, that's the one. Tanks for helping. 

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We use a Weber Baby Q and it works but we sure miss smoking meat. We had a Traeger at the S&B and loved it but after looking at their version of a small unit I was left un convinced it would serve our purpose son continued the search.
This one however has just hit my radar and just MAY be our next grill
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Weber Q 100 here!

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If you like to buy top quality that lasts for a long time and works great get the Weber Q series. I have had the Baby Q since 05 and the burner has no rot and the cast grill is still in great shape. I hook it up to a 2 gallon tank.

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WEBER is a great grill no matter what size in my opinion.



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Weber Baby Q bought in 2005/6 very high quality. The SS burner is still in great condition as is the cast iron grille. If you want something to last when you buy it this is one item that will last for many years.

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So glad you posted this! We had a full-size Traeger. It doesn't fit in the storage of our new to us MH so I gave it to my son-in-law (he thinks I am an awesome mother-in-law) LOL. I am glad to see the positive comments about the Traeger junior. I was going through Traeger withdrawals! My sister-in-law asked me to make her some jalapeño poppers, so we will be ordering the junior. 



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We got a Weber Q several years ago and love it, even take it on our annual canoe trip down the Capon River. Heck, I even use the lid of the grill to bale out the canoe when we got caught sideways in the rapids. What I like about the Weber is that it has a heavy duty grill, in fact it weighs more than the body including the propane tank.

However, when we do finally go full time I believe we will go back to charcoal grilling. Nothing like the taste of cooking over coals and besides we have nothing but time to fire it up. We will bring the Weber just in case time is not on our side.


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Purchase a Weber Q2200 recently and love it. Will be removing the unit's low pressure regulator allowing it to be hooked up to my RV's tank.

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Closing this thread that was started over two years ago.  Might be worth starting a new one so see what folks are using now, though.



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