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Old 08-31-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Outside propane port and grill

has anyone found a small propane that they have hook-up to the outside propane port that they are happy with? Just starting to look around and of course as always space is an issue.
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has anyone found a small propane that they have hook-up to the outside propane port that they are happy with? Just starting to look around and of course as always space is an issue.
Coleman Roadtrip Portable Tabletop model might be a good choice.

Coleman - Coleman - table top grills - portable barbecue grills - RoadTrip® Portable Table Top Grill

May need an adaptor, since it's normally fueled by a portable cylinder and you want to use the Interstate's built-in propane port.

I thought about getting one of these, before I bought my Cobb Grill.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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Coleman looks like it has some products that may allow you to store your grill in the exterior locker...a good thing. But their parts lists show a lot of discontinued or unavailable parts. I have a Dickinson marine grill because of years of boating and my experience with the reliability of a good marine grill. Most of the marine grill makers have a selection of accessories that allow you to modify the grill to run off low pressure propane, which is what you need. Home and portable grill typically are intended for high pressure propane directly from an unregulated tank.
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Coleman looks like it has some products that may allow you to store your grill in the exterior locker...a good thing. But their parts lists show a lot of discontinued or unavailable parts. I have a Dickinson marine grill because of years of boating and my experience with the reliability of a good marine grill. Most of the marine grill makers have a selection of accessories that allow you to modify the grill to run off low pressure propane, which is what you need. Home and portable grill typically are intended for high pressure propane directly from an unregulated tank.
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An Interstate doesn't even have an exterior locker, so small size is important for storing inside. That pretty much limits one to using a tabletop model.

Though I have seen a Sprinter van earlier this year with a BIG gas grill mounted on a custom swing-away hitch mount for tailgating at LSU games.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:55 PM   #5
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I have a Coleman All-in-One Cooking System Model 2000003606 (the version without the stock pot); cost under $100. It fits (just barely) in the small Rubbermaid Action Packer with room for the hose setup I had made at a local Suburban Propane dealer. The hose plugs into the outside propane port and when not in use the Action Packer fits nicely between the beds just inside the back doors. I like it OK but it sure isn't like grilling on a real BBQ.
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Olympian 5500 Stainless Steel Portable Grill

I have a Camco 57305 Olympian 5500 Stainless Steel Portable Grill. They are widely available but you need something to carry it in as it is really designed to attach to side of van/rv. It works ok but certainly not up to the large gas Weber I have at home. I got the soft sided carrying case and added a piece of plywood to bottom to help hold everything in place. I also added longer hose so I can set it on a table near van. I haven't yet desided if I want to fasten the mounting bracket to the side of my Interstate.

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We have a Napoleon P165 - which we like. It is small, stainless steel, and fits both the small canisters or regular bottle. We haven't modified our system to have an outside propane outlet to tap into the regular system, but that is on the list. We do notice at this link that Napoleon has a couple smaller, but interesting, "travel" grills. Portable Grills
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I have a Camco 57305 Olympian 5500 Stainless Steel Portable Grill. They are widely available but you need something to carry it in as it is really designed to attach to side of van/rv. It works ok but certainly not up to the large gas Weber I have at home. I got the soft sided carrying case and added a piece of plywood to bottom to help hold everything in place. I also added longer hose so I can set it on a table near van. I haven't yet desided if I want to fasten the mounting bracket to the side of my Interstate.
That looks like it could mount to the right rear door of your Interstate. Which gets it out from under the awning for safety, and you can open the door 90° if you want to cook closer to where everyone is gathering. Unfortunately, I don't think the bracket would be sturdy enough to hang the grill on the door while you're traveling. Pity; that would be as good an out-of-the-way place as any to carry one.

There aren't a lot of mounting options on the curb side unless you've got the door stop that keeps the sliding side door from opening all the way.
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We purchased a Weber Q100 and like the size and performance of it. We have the hose that came with the coach but how do you attach the grill to the hose? We would like to use it with the coach gas not the small disposable cans. Thanks
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The coach gas is already regulated to low pressure, the Weber already has an integral regulator to lower the pressure. You do not want to operate with two regulators. You need to look around and see if anyone offers a modification kit that replaces the Weber regulator with a simple valve for adjusting the burner flame. Again, that is why I went with a marine grill. Those manufacturers offer such kits.
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