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Old 04-21-2023, 10:33 AM   #1
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Travel with Portable Grill or Use Campground Grill?

Do you find most RV parks have grills you can use or should you travel with a portable grill? Also, are most grills at rv parks propane or charcoal? Trying to figure out if I need to buy a portable grill for our first trip? Pros and cons of having your own portable grill? Thanks as always for the insight and expertise!
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Old 04-21-2023, 10:38 AM   #2
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we use our own portable grill
we can clean it easy

most park grill are very bad, and no-one cleans them
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Old 04-21-2023, 01:52 PM   #3
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We carry our own propane grill. A Weber Q1200. We don't have to carry wood or charcoal as we always have propane with us.

We hardly ever use the grills provided at the rv parks.
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Old 04-21-2023, 02:11 PM   #4
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Travel with Portable Grill or Use Campground Grill?

Depending on private vs State and National parks, some will have charcoal grills with grates, others a campfire ring with or without a grate, and others…nothing. Also, it’s more common than not in recent years that no open fires or charcoal are allowed due to fire risk.

Bottom line, def get a small propane grill like a Weber Q or similar. And I’d suggest a refillable 11lb propane bottle and hose, rather than using the 1# canisters, that are expensive, don’t last long, and are environmentally very impactful. Or you can modify the grill to work off your airstream low pressure propane connection, but that is less convenient in terms of where you want to place the grill.

Also with a larger refillable propane cylinder, you can use it for a portable propane campfire if you want. Those are popular nowadays since they often are allowed , while campfires are not.
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Old 04-21-2023, 02:21 PM   #5
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We use a Weber Q1200 with an RV hose connected to our Airstream. Way better than carrying propane bottles when you have an RV hose hook up.

Weber also just came out with a Weber Traveler model that has an RV hose model. It looks well built and has a built-in stand.
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Old 04-21-2023, 02:44 PM   #6
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[QUOTE=Hans627;2672817]We carry our own propane grill. A Weber Q1200. We don't have to carry wood or charcoal as we always have propane with us.


We hardly ever use the grills provided at the rv parks.[/QUOTE
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Old 04-21-2023, 02:46 PM   #7
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Propane Bottles vs extension

Bought a magma, you can order a nice bag made to Cary it along with two propane bottles.

Magma Products, ChefsMate... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018Y4SXW...p_mob_ap_share

I purchased an extension when i had my Blackstone. Depending on wind or other factors you might want to place the grill outside the 15’ reach.

I found refillable 1lb bottles and they work great. You can refill them off of the 30lb tanks. I recommend taking a look.

Flame King Refillable 1 lb Empty... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NY2TW9P...p_mob_ap_share

Updated Propane Fitting Refill... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XQ8N4NY...p_mob_ap_share
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Old 04-21-2023, 03:40 PM   #8
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We Always carry a portable propane grill.
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Old 04-21-2023, 04:29 PM   #9
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When actual grills are provided they are typically charcoal. Many places have none. Public campgrounds (state/national parks) typically have a fire ring that often have a grate you can fold over the ring to grill over your wood, but they’re so impractical to use almost nobody even bothers with those. Only very high-end luxury resort type RV parks might supply you with a gas grill. We’re at a $100/night rv park right now and they only supply a charcoal grill. We use it as a stand to set our Weber Q1200 on.
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Old 04-21-2023, 05:58 PM   #10
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We have both a Weber Q modified to run off the AS propane port and a Weber Go Anywhere charcoal model. When I decided it didn’t make sense to carry both, the Q got left at home.
Why? I hate making propane refill runs. The charcoal tastes slightly better (with the chimney and fatwood for a quick light - no noxious fluid!). The charcoal is much less likely to burn the food. Grill and fuel weigh less and take less space. Fats burn off, simplifying cleanup.
I am in agreement that the supplied grills are usually too disgusting to use. Only newbies and fanatics use the fire ring (sorry in advance for the offense this will cause).
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Old 04-21-2023, 06:20 PM   #11
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We always take our Weber Q1200 (Baby Q) with us when we travel. Clean it well after use. We have an older Weber Q1000 for use at our home. Love our Baby Q's.
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Old 04-21-2023, 06:27 PM   #12
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We're on our first trip. We have a Coleman Roadtrip 285. It packs well, if you flip the grates over it acts as a griddle. It can attach to the propane on the AS but we carry an extra 20# bottle. You can buy a bag for it.
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Old 04-21-2023, 06:58 PM   #13
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Many RV parks have charcoal grills, but I've seen very, very few that I would want to cook my food on. We have the Airstream branded Weber Q1200 grill that hooks directly to the low-pressure propane port on the trailer. Love it.
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Old 04-22-2023, 05:56 AM   #14
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We just did a trip with solostove and cook grateClick image for larger version

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Used to travel with black stone, but did not like the way it cooked and took up about the same amount of space between the stand and cooker
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Old 04-22-2023, 06:25 AM   #15
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We have been traveling with a blackstone 22 for 2 years now, and it has done us well, but we really prefer our steaks, burgers, and dogs grilled. We just purchased a Weber Q1200 along with the griddle adapter to make half of the grill a griddle. Now we can make breakfast on the griddle side and dinner on the grill side. We also purchased the LP adapter for the Q1200 from Amazon for like $9.

We also have a Solostove ranger, solostove tripod, and solostove pot that we cook chili or beans over.
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Old 04-22-2023, 06:55 AM   #16
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Weber Q 1200 for us, runs off our AS. Today we like using as much of our own stuff as possible.
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We just did a trip with solostove and cook grate.

Used to travel with black stone, but did not like the way it cooked and took up about the same amount of space between the stand and cooker
That's our thought as well. We like the blackstone for WHEN we do hibachi, but man, it's just not the same for steaks and brats and dogs. I can't explain it, but it reminds me of inside food cooked outside instead of grilled or fired...
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Old 04-22-2023, 07:10 AM   #18
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We carry the Airstream Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill. Very convenient and fits nicely in our TV.
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Old 04-22-2023, 07:46 AM   #19
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Here is what we do.
Bring a charcoal chimney to light coals, and a small Weber Smokey Joe grill, and the travel bag. Here is the link.

https://www.amazon.com/Weber-10020-S...80&sr=8-3&th=1

We like this as it is the perfect size, and if we are going to have a campfire after dinner using the hot coals to start the campfire works fantastic.

But sometimes there are burn bans and you are not allowed to use charcoal. For those times we have a old Coleman camping stove that uses the green canisters. We can use that on the pic pic table or tailgate and cook with a cast iron pan. It is not expensive and stores small.

I have never stayed anywhere that had a grill better than what I bring, although some RV Parks (commercial/fancier) will have gas grills you can use by the clubhouse.
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I carry the small Weber rectangular steel grill and a couple 1 lb bottles of propane in the back of the truck. I just do not have patience enough for charcoal. I picked this grill because it would fit into the space in the truck I have for it and the Q grill would not. We have stayed in only a few high end campsites that had a propane grill available.
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