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Old 03-03-2016, 05:44 PM   #1
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External Gas Grill

I have a 2014 20' Bambi with an external gas port. I have tried two gas grills on the port and I cannot get enough flame to cook. I saw in a previous post that the solution is to remove the regulator on the gas grill since the gas from the external port is already regulated. There were no other posts.

So I ask is this the solution being used by others? To regulate the flame in this case one would use the valve at the connection point of the external port? Seems like poor engineering.
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:05 PM   #2
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So I ask is this the solution being used by others? To regulate the flame in this case one would use the valve at the connection point of the external port? Seems like poor engineering.
Not quite. You remove the regulator from the grill and replace it with a valve. That way you can adjust and/or shut off the flame at the grill without having to go back to the tank. But that still leaves a hose full of propane when you shut it off, so when you're ready to put away the grill at the end of the trip you still need to shut it off at the tank and let the propane trapped in the hose burn off at the grill until it's gone.
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I believe there are grills that are made to attach to the regulated propane supply on an RV. Camping World may have them.

I have an older Weber, I think it is the Q100 or something similar. I used some fittings to remove the regulator, but still use the original control valve. When I did the project, I found quite a few on-line references, complete with part numbers, from people who had done this conversion on the Weber Q series. The fittings weren't cheap (especially the shipping), but I'm happy with the results. I set mine up with an extra quick connect so I can still use the original regulator with 1 lb bottles if needed.
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I believe there are grills that are made to attach to the regulated propane supply on an RV. Camping World may have them.

I have an older Weber, I think it is the Q100 or something similar. I used some fittings to remove the regulator, but still use the original control valve. When I did the project, I found quite a few on-line references, complete with part numbers, from people who had done this conversion on the Weber Q series. The fittings weren't cheap (especially the shipping), but I'm happy with the results. I set mine up with an extra quick connect so I can still use the original regulator with 1 lb bottles if needed.
I have the O-500 grill and I use the AS propane port also with a 8' hose; it is a little low on the pressure, but works fine overall with this grill. I just keep the lid closed when bringing up to temperature and when cooking. I also got the O-Grill table (used) on Amazon for $25 which allows for set up next to trailer...I think a longer hose would require more pressure for sure.
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I have a 2014 20' Bambi with an external gas port. I have tried two gas grills on the port and I cannot get enough flame to cook. I saw in a previous post that the solution is to remove the regulator on the gas grill since the gas from the external port is already regulated. There were no other posts.

So I ask is this the solution being used by others? To regulate the flame in this case one would use the valve at the connection point of the external port? Seems like poor engineering.
It works great if you use a grill that is designed for it.

I have a magma grill with the optional valve designed specifically for this situation, and it works great.

http://www.magmaproducts.com/
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Old 03-26-2016, 05:19 PM   #6
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I have a similar question on gas grills.

I have a Weber Q1200 that I use on the 1 lb Coleman propane bottles. I believe the bottles have a 1"-20 male thread.

My 2016 FC 27' has a female quick disconnect and valve allowing an external gas connection. The coach came with a short hose with a male quick disconnect on one end and a female threaded (1/4"?) connection on the other.

I've been looking for an adapter for the hose.

Does this one look like what I need?

http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F273...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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Here is link to thread on Weber Q series conversion. Check post #7 for link to conversion kit. Worked perfect for me. Also added quick connect fittings to removed regulator do I can quick connect to 1lb propane.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/lp-gas-bbq-124566.html
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Here is link to thread on Weber Q series conversion. Check post #7 for link to conversion kit. Worked perfect for me. Also added quick connect fittings to removed regulator do I can quick connect to 1lb propane.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124566
Great, thanks very much.

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I was reading through my Owners Manual last evening regarding this subject. It says that I was supposed to receive an adapter in an extra parts box when I bought the trailer. I didn't receive an extra parts box, so, will need to contact the dealer for it.
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I went with the portable grill Sam's sells. It is stainless, has latches on the cover, has a cloth cover, draws less than the 25,000 BTUs airstream sets as the limit on the external LP port... And it's cheap. Here's the link: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/portabl...prod2500002.ip

To answer the OP's question, most gas grills have a regulator when they come out of the box. That regulator allows the grill to attach to its own (high pressure) LP cylinder. Since you are planning to attach to the trailer's (low pressure) LP port like I do, that regulator duplicates the role of the regulator(s) (or regulator and crossover valve) already on the trailer. You don't need the second one and as you observe it probably stops gas flow to the grill.

Your grill may differ, but on mine the regulator wad joined to the grill's hose by a threaded brass fitting. I suspect the hose end was a 1/4" male NPT fitting. As other posters have said, the trailer should have cone with a male fitting to plug into the female LP quick disconnect on the trailer. If you don't have that, no worries. That is an industry standard and the fittings are the MB Strugis model 250 1/4" low pressure type (Google that... You'll find plenty of parts). You may need a coupler to join the fitting to the hose end after the regulator comes off. Any big box home store or reasonable hardware store should have that.

When joining brass fittings for LP or other combustible gas, please use the yellow Teflon tape. It's double thickness and intended for gas. Also, connections should be checked for leaks once pressured by using a bubble liquid. Alternately, you may ask my wife to stand within 50' of the trailer. If she doesn't say "I smell gas" within 2 minutes, you're good to grill.

Finally, unless you want to grill on the ground right next to your trailer (or under your LP tanks... Yikes!)... Get an extension hose with quick disconnect fittings at each end. Here's a suitable Camco model as presented by Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/29764621?w...670072&veh=sem

To Protag's point... venting the hose is of course a good practice. The valve on your trailer includes a shut off. In fact Sturgus 250 connectors can only be joined or unjointed when that shutoff is in the off position. Remember that when you plug in your grill you must then throw the lever on the valve before cooking. Turning it off and allowing the gas in the line to burn at the grill is a good way to vent it. Venting prevents occasional loss of eyebrows or the need to change pants just before serving steaks to your family.

I hope that helps.
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Anyone use this Torjik Converta-Q? It looks like a great option for the Q1200.

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