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Old 02-22-2020, 06:46 AM   #1
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Full Timing? Do you carry a grill?

This is a question directed to those who full time and travel full time. If you live in your trailer somewhere but don't travel, please don't respond.

We are gearing up for Full Time Adventure 2. We spent over a year on the road, learned a lot, but had to take a break due to family stuff. Now we're preparing to seriously downsize, put the "just can't part with" things in storage, sell our home, and hit the road for a few years. When you are traveling full time, you carry everything you need or want with you. Any space is a premium and weight important. While useful, a grill takes up a lot of space, is difficult to clean, and is messy and smells. Is it worth it at the expense of space for other things?

My question is, if you full time and travel full time do you carry a grill with you?

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Old 02-22-2020, 08:10 AM   #2
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Always. I try to avoid cooking indoors whenever possible — less heat introduced to the interior for the a/c to deal with, less mess, better flavor in most cases.
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:26 AM   #3
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We carry the Weber 1200 grill that I converted to plug into the propane port on the airstream. I use the tailgate of my truck as my cooking area so we don't have to get out a table.

Also, buy the cover for the grill to keep it from getting grease on anything.

The Weber uses small aluminum trays to catch the grease and to throw away when finished cooking. You can buy those at a dollar store. The burner comes out with one screw and you can clean the interior very quickly as a large hole in the bottom lets everything fall into the pan.

This is the same model that Airstream came out with that has the propane conversion. Cheaper to do that yourself. Of course, it does not say Airstream on the lid!

Would not think of grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, chops, in a pan inside the Airstream. Keep the grill accessible in the tailgate of your TV. Better yet, get a cap for the truck and add a bedslide to reach into the vehicle.
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:28 AM   #4
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We don't full time but we carry our grill with us. I just have a Weber Smokey Joe for the 2-3 of us, nothing fancy. I'll cook on it the night before and put the cover on it and close the vents to suffocate the charcoal. The next morning I just put it into a plastic garbage bag (make sure the charcoal is out and the grill is cold) and put it inside the door of the AS. On arrival it comes out of the bag and onto the picnic table until the next use or when we leave.
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:34 AM   #5
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We have a small Cuisinart grill that is great. I modified it so that I can plug it in to the lp port on the trailer. While we definitely cook more inside the trailer, it is really great to have for quick meals with minimal cleanup. Ours fits in a Rubbermaid type bin and just lives in the back of the truck. Could I do without it, certainly...but I also carry two bikes, three snowboards and a saws all ;-)
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:19 AM   #6
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:32 AM   #7
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Hi Steve,
We’ve been full timing for almost two years now and have found the Weber Q gas grill to be one of our best investments! It’s a bit costly but well worth the price. It’s small, lightweight, easy to clean, no charcoal mess and durable. We use barbecue grill mats placed on the grilling surface and food comes out delicious, just as if it was on the actual grill...even with grill marks! We rarely have to clean the grill when using the mats. We use the grill probably 70 to 80 percent of the time to keep smells out of the Trailer.
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:37 AM   #8
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We like BBQing with charcoal and most often there is two of us so we don’t need a large grill. We carry a small folding stainless steel grill that measures 12x14 approximately. When not in use it folds up to 6x14x1.5 inches and weights less than five pounds.
It is called ”Typhon East Portable Stainless Steel Charcoal BBQ Grill”.

There are different sizes small, medium and large.
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:43 AM   #9
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We do most of our cooking outdoors - have a light weight completely SS BBQ and 2 burner SS campstove. We still do non-swelly cooking inside but the heavy stuff outdoors. I sold the Weber BBQ because of the size and weight - the SS BBQ has the same size grilling surface but 1/3 the size and weight. Also fits in a bag for storage.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:30 AM   #10
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We also have that Cuisinart grill that is perfect for 2-4 people and small enough to sit on top of a Rubbermaid bin.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:37 AM   #11
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Depending on your menu requirements, I find the Coleman Camp Grill Stove to be light , right-sized and enough btus to grill fine steaks, chicken, etc... About $89 at Wal-Mart.
You can use the lil Coleman propane bottles (2 for $6 or run it off your tank outside).
I set it on one of those small folding aluminum tables.
About $25
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:52 AM   #13
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Yes. We are full timers, but even before that when we were weekenders we carried a grill as we enjoy cooking outdoors. So for us it was a no-brainer to keep the grill once we went full-time. We also made space for a Coleman-style stove, our bicycles, tools, water jugs, spare parts for the Airstream, etc.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:58 AM   #14
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Propane grill, Green Mountain Grill smoker complete with Pizza oven accessory. Glad I bought the F350...
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We mounted our grill above propane tanks. Locks in place while traveling, swings out for use.
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Depends on your cooking style. When we full timed, we carried a charcoal grill because we like cooking on it and used it almost daily. When not full-timing, we grill in the winter in cold climates like ME, MA & MI. For us, it's a priority.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:05 AM   #17
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Klatawa, that is amazing! And your trailer looks beautiful!
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We use a 22" Blackstone. If I had it to do over, a 17" would better suit. Less space needed and less weight. EASY to clean.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:17 AM   #19
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We like to boondock along the way. The grill is a no brainer as others have said, and we don't even eat meat! I've roasted veggies, sauteed, grilled, and even cooked pancakes on it using a silicone mat. I also highly recommend a convection toaster oven. We like to bake, breads, cookies, muffins and don't want to heat up the "kitchen". I like my outdoor kitchen best! Even when "plugged" in I prefer to be out under the canopy on the porch! We store the grill in our TV within easy reach.
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Always. I try to avoid cooking indoors whenever possible — less heat introduced to the interior for the a/c to deal with, less mess, better flavor in most cases.
Same with is. We have a Volcano which we use with charcoal most of the time rather than propane bottles. The companion dutch oven is very useful for meals providing leftovers for several days.
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