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Old 02-02-2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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Trailer Mount Grill???

I went to the local RV show this weekend to see how the other half lives (the SOB's). After seeing what was available, I'll take our 20 year old Airstream over most of (well probably all of) the new SOB's.

Anyway, I saw a neat feature on many of the new SOB's that caught my attention: a grill that mounts to a track on the side of the trailer. It uses a quick connect to the trailer LP system, so that it could be easily removed for travel.

Has anyone added such a grill to their Airstream? If not has anyone at least added a quick connect for a grill into the trailer LP supply at the side of the trailer? It seems a quick connect would be much better on the side, under the awning, than up front near the LP bottles.

We currently have a small grill that uses the little LP bottles, but it'd be much nicer to not have to carry those little LP bottles and instead tap into the trailer LP supply.
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Old 02-02-2005, 07:21 AM   #2
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Dear 66 Overlanderless,

Aren't 25' Sovereigns great!!!

I had to have a LPG grill. Not wanting to cut into the original gas lines of my unit, I placed a 'T' connection at one tank top. (it could have gone inboard of the entry step, there is an original flared 'T' connector there that splits service to my stove and forced air heater)

I use a 'quick connect' 12' flex hose that is long enough to extend under the awning while grilling. I store it in the grill when not in use. My Stainless Steel cylindrical grill (designed for sailboat rail mounting) lives in the aft exterior storage compartment when not in use.

Because it is a 'Quick-connect' fitting, it is 'no-big-deal' to hook up.

Although time has shown me, that if not entertaining, it is so much easier to bring out an electric grill (T-FAL, Multi-grill, http://www.t-falusa.com/tefal/ ) In extreme outside weather, it sits on my stove top and exhausts out the overhead vent. Stores easily. (don't discount this electric grill until you try it - I'm quite particular and this grill is good!)

Therefore, my decision was to have the best of both worlds. Each to their own! The yacht service grills are more expensive than some of the toys offered for RV'ers although there are numerous attachment methods offered by the vendors that I'm sure you would find one to provide your needs.
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Old 02-02-2005, 09:26 AM   #3
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Question side mounted grills

The question in my mind is what effect that heat would have on your clearcoat. It doesn't sound like something I'd want to try.
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Old 02-02-2005, 09:39 AM   #4
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:37 AM   #5
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Joe,
We got the Webber Q grill around Christmas. We will have a quick connect that will run off of our main propane bottles. I bought the flex hose that connects a "regular" lp tank to the Q, but I keep a small bottle as a backup. We picked the Webber because we love our "big" Webber. The Q has its own stand and a great duffle with wheels that every thing fits into. We like the inderect heat that the Q provides, we have cooked a whole chicken as well as the ususal steaks and burgers.
I do not think that I would be comfortable with the grill next to the Overlander.
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Old 02-02-2005, 11:55 AM   #6
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I've got a Baby Q and i'm impressed also. I going to try to find a small tank. Maybe 10lbs or so. I used to do the hose from the trailer tank thing, but it never was long enough to get me under cover when the weather got wet.

I also looked at those SOB units with the grills on the side and thought the same things about heat, flare ups, and the grease that will eventually build up on the side of the trailer. Lets see how long this trend lasts before we start seeing some serious modifications on newer SOB's next year.

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Old 02-02-2005, 01:42 PM   #7
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66 Overlander: I'm very pleased with my Magma 14-1/2" diameter propane Marine Kettle BBQ Grill purchased from West Marine:

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...roductId=50317

Magma's Fish-On rod holder (A10-160):

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...oductId=129304

bolted to the curb side of my '64 Globe Trotter aft of the door secures the grill for easy cooking. Instead of small disposable bottles, I use a propane quick disconnect "T"-eed into the low pressure side of the front propane tank line to provide a nearly unlimited fuel supply through a 10' hose. Off season, I mount the grill just outside my house back door and fine tune my grilling skills and receipies. I keep the food covered while cooking, so splatter is not a problem. Cooking time is usually less than 6 minutes, so damaging the trailer's aluminum side seems only a remote possibility. Its the hot ticket!
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Old 02-02-2005, 02:07 PM   #8
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I need another grill like I need a hole in the head ... BUT, the local high school has a metal class that is making and selling these things. Kind of a Junior Achievement program where they teach students how a business is run.

It's a charcoal grill made from an old propane cylinder (Kind of ironic).

It is a good size for traveling and built pretty solid. Everything is welded.

Should be good for doing 2-3 hamburgers or pack of hot dogs or 1 steak at a time.

Cost was $30.

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Old 02-02-2005, 02:19 PM   #9
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I thought about one of those trailer mount types as well, but then I remembered we had an outside stove setup in the pop-up camper that we owned prior to this, and it attached to the side like these grills do. Some of them (grills) have gotten a lot nicer, as evidenced by what I saw at the last local RV show here in Austin.

But then I remembered what a pain it was cleaning the grease splatters off the side of the trailer, and that convinced me not to get one.

Until I find something I like better, I'll stick with my little Coleman propane stove with interchangeable grill and griddle, and single burner. Does the job well enough for us. Cleans up easily, and stows nicely under the front gaucho.
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I was driving down the road the other day and spotted an Airstream poking out one of the front work bays at a high end after market truck outfitter. Curious to see what the heck they were doing to it so I turned around and drove in to their service area. It was a beautiful international trailer - brand new I think. To my surprise (had to walk into the service bay to see this) they were installing a kick ass gass grill on one side of the rear bumber and a 4K watt honda generator on the other side. Don't know what this is gonna do to the tow weight or balance of the trailer but the quality of the work was amazing. From what I could see they were doing it right the first time.

For those of you in Austin, TX the after market truck outfitter is on the 183 service road right past Burnet Rd.

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I think you're talking about Star Customs... was over there the other day on my lunch hour browsing. Nice place. Fella could lose a lot of his money in there.

'Course it would seem whomever the proud owner was hasn't visited this site, otherwise he'd know installing things like that on the rear bumper are a Cardinal "no-no".
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Old 02-02-2005, 06:19 PM   #12
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"I also looked at those SOB units with the grills on the side and thought the same things about heat, flare ups, and the grease that will eventually build up on the side of the trailer. Lets see how long this trend lasts before we start seeing some serious modifications on newer SOB's next year." Jack, I understand the questions raised here, but we were owners of Coleman popups and the Caravan with these side-mounted stoves/grills up until the day we bought our Airstream. We loved that attached gas-connected cooker, and feel this is one short-coming in the Airstream (along with the Colemann's outside shower, but that's another thread!). We had no problems with heat or mess, but of course we watched the stove when using it and cleaned up after. I'm thinking AS will come around in time to find a way to adapt this very popular accessory to its design more than the SOB's will be inclined to discontinue it. Just my thoughts
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Old 02-02-2005, 08:25 PM   #13
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Thanks to all who replied. I had never seen the grills that mount to the side of a trailer until the RV show (haven't done too much camping yet). It looked like a good idea on the surface, and maybe it is, but we'll pass for now, I guess.

Last year we travelled with a Coleman Roadtrip Grill. It is nice, but really too big and bulky for our purposes (only two of us). Near Christmas, we picked up a Coleman Roadtrip Party Grill, a little table top model that we think should work fine for the two of us, and it's much smaller and lighter. I guess the one thing still to consider would be adding a quick connect to the LP system on the Airstream, so we don't have to carry those little LP bottles.

I guess we could also investigate an electric grill (or maybe one of those George Foreman things). In any case, we've got until the spring thaw before we need to make any decision.

Thanks again.
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Old 02-02-2005, 08:31 PM   #14
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