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Old 09-26-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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Barbeques, RVques, and Cat heaters: trying them out.

Barbeques and Rvques

There are some good ideas on my former white box trailer. They had a rack on the side of the unit which held an Rvque, fired by a gas port under the trailer. Not wanting to put the holes in the Safari, I still wanted a small gas grill. Most portable grills were way too big, and I liked the small barbeque, but it was a rack model. So I put four legs and a rear stabilizer on it, and purchased a small aluminum stand (at Bob Wards)

The way I understand it, most gas lines are run outside the rig for safety. But running a gas line under the trailer seemed a a bit much so I connected a stopcock and a quick disconnect at the propane cylinder, and have a 12 hose attached to it, with another quick disconnect. Seems to work fine. Any comments? Am I online safety wise? See the pictures.


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My next idea is to place a small (WAVE 4) portable cat heater in the trailer. Again, I need to keep the gas lines outside. I drilled a hole in the floor and will place the quick-disconnect in the air return to the furnace. That keeps it out of the way, but if it ever does leak, the air goes right into the furnace flame. I better think on that a while. What does the community think?

I have a stopcock outside under the trailer. Copper and PEX tubing protect the line.

So little time, so many barbeques.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:43 PM   #2
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Grilling mission accomplished! I like it. Easy and asthetically pleasing.
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:05 AM   #3
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Looks like a nice solution! One of these days -- you know, once the maintenance on the vintage rig is alllllllll done -- I'd like to do something similar. The grill we have is one of those models that uses a small, torch-style cylinder. It is not ideal.


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Old 09-27-2007, 10:36 AM   #4
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:37 AM   #5
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I too missed the RVQ that hans on the side of our old SOB. I put in a similar gas line as you and use it for a Baby Q (which grills MUCH better than the RVQ did) and my LP converted generator. The line stores in with the tanks.
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Old 09-27-2007, 11:30 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Terrific idea!

Great Hank, thanks for posting your idea!

Wow that's just the solution I need for baking while boondocking, our Airstream doesn't have a propane oven (yet ) so I use a small portable Coleman oven and it goes through those little propane bottles like there's no tomorrow, this way I could just hook it up and not worry about having enough fuel to finish baking! Kudos!
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I have often thought that a couple propane taps on the exterior of the camper would be handy. In particular I want ones to run the generator and maybe a lantern. Havent done much about it yet though, to many other issues to deal with first, like the new linolum for the bath.
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Old 09-27-2007, 11:54 AM   #8
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cat heater install

Thanks for your responses. I will post the pictures of the cat heater hookup. It should get done this week. Though I like do it yourselfing, I think anything to do with gas on the inside or under a trailer should be done by a pro...
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I like the idea of a port to tap into for your BBQ, but I don't think I would like one hanging on the side of the rig - that's just a little too close for me! At a campground a couple years ago we looked out the window to see the neighbors little gas BBQ fully engulfed in flames on the picnic table (grease fire)! If that had been attached to the RV it would have been a very different story.

A tap would be useful for those little FireDancers too.
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I like the idea of a port to tap into for your BBQ, but I don't think I would like one hanging on the side of the rig - that's just a little too close for me! At a campground a couple years ago we looked out the window to see the neighbors little gas BBQ fully engulfed in flames on the picnic table (grease fire)! If that had been attached to the RV it would have been a very different story.

A tap would be useful for those little FireDancers too.
From my backpacking background, every time I see one of those grills on the side, I cant help but think "bear bait".
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:12 PM   #11
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For the heater line, why not tee off the line going to the stove which is already routed inside the cabin at the factory? Or, tee off the fridge or water heater line which would involve only having to bring the new line through an interior bulkhead.

Add a shut off where convenient.
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Heck, I thought were gonna talk about Bar-B-Cue! I'm into that. I do a lot of smoking with Salmon, baby back ribs, peppers, squash and whatever else I can think of. Then I put on the grill and apply the sauce! Yum, yum!

Let's share some rubs, marinades, and sauces. That'll energize folks into setting up the grillin equipment. Heck, everyone will be out setting up attachments for the gas grills on their rigs.
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Heck, I thought were gonna talk about Bar-B-Cue! I'm into that. I do a lot of smoking with Salmon, baby back ribs, peppers, squash and whatever else I can think of. Then I put on the grill and apply the sauce! Yum, yum!
Mmmm, you sound like you know what you're talking about! Bring it on!
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Ditto on Stefrobrts comment about being careful where you put the fire-making equipment. When I was a teenager camping with my parents and our friends, my friend's father hooked up a lantern like that and then hung it from the corner of their awning. I remember big flames. 'nuf said.

That said, I love the idea for the RVQ. Maybe I can talk Mr RedSHED into that setup. Ahem...maybe he'll read this.
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U dont want a grill that attaches to the side of the trailer.My brother-in-law has a SOB it came with a brand new grill in the box and the brackett was already attached to the side and a gas outlet there also.
He liked to have never gotten the spattered grease off that white painted aluminium.He said now he know why it was still in the box.
What U have done is a great idea.LOOK MA NO GREASE ON THE ALUMINIUM.
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This thread is kinda old, but just in case someone is still looking for a cool outside propane grill, I picked this p today at my local "Megalomart" for $20 on clearance. It's pretty shiney but I think I need to exercise the old Cyclo.

http://www.airforums.com/attachments.../0/ASgrill.jpg

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gill / burner

Quick release tee just below the tanks with a 12' hose.

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Do I see this right? The tee is installed after the pressure regulator at the trailer? Will that give me enough pressure for my grill? And my grill has a regulator too...
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Before the Regulator for Me...

I installed our T between the tank and the regulator. So it's on the high pressure side. I use a short flexible hose with a valve and quick-disconnect. This allows me to hook up a 50' hose and route the LP almost anywhere. At the end of the 50' hose I connect the portable fire pit and/or the grill. You could use a variety of fittings to run any number of appliances.

Be sure to LP rated hoses and fittings. Don't do it yourself unless you have experience with high pressure fittings, regulators, etc.

I bought my parts via the web at www.mbsturgis.com I called them and described what I wanted to do. They sized the hose based on distance and how many BTU's of appliances I would be running at one time.

At the end of the camping trip I turn off the valve shown hanging under the tanks at the front of the trailer and run the appliance until the LP is "drained" from the line. Then it's safe to disconnect all the lines and store the hoses and fittings until the next use.

The valve and quick disconnect shown hanging under the tanks can be coiled and stored inside the tank cover for traveling.

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cat heater inside

They make vented cat heaters for use inside trailers and motor homes. I have one and it works great. Much more efficient than my furnace, but I have been told that I should use it while everyone is awake. Use the furnace at night as they are safer from leaking propane even as the fan sucks the life out of your batteries!
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