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Seems like a lot of RV's have a quick connect propane outlet tied into the gas line after the regulator, so most off the shelf portable gas grills won't work very well without some modification.

What gas grill do you use, and what mods did you do to it (if any) to get it up and running?
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Get a grill that does NOT use the small 1 lb portable bottles, i.e. requires an external regulator (e.g. the Coleman Roadtrip LX). Alternative #1: remove the regulator from the grill. Alternative #2: put a tee in the coach LP line in front of its regulator and send high pressure to the portable grill.
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Gary's alternative number 2 is what the majority of us use.  It has the advantage of NOT requiring any alteration to the chosen grill (it remains usable for home/picnic use) and greatly increases your choice in grills. 

Using the "stay-a-while", placed in the high pressure side, also provides the capability of using the standard 20lb cylinder for feeding the MH appliances in the event you need propane and don't want to move the rig immediately just to refill the main tank.

The better choice, IMHO.
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Hey Gary Why doesnt the Roadtrip work using the tank feed.I bought lines to use it last year and had issues where the grill wouldnt work right very low flame can you fill me in  Thanks
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I am using the nexgrill brand portable grill that costco was selling a couple of years ago. I built an arm mounted to the spare tire mount on the rear of the rig last fall. Got tired of dragging the "portable" grill in and out.

I like the swing arm it allows me to just leave the grill bolted on and swing it out "beside" the rig, and grill away. I would not use it with it up against the tire as I think it might get a bit warm and there is a rather large window on the back that I would not want to have to clean grease off of.

I took me awhile to prove to the propane guys that I could leave the hose connected permanently and have the quick connect at the grill. I had to add a shut off at the T in the line so that if the hose ever falls out of the compartment and drags then it won't leak all the propane out.

BTW it is a standard quick connect so any portable BBQ/Stove from any camper will attach.
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We have the Coleman and screwed in a quick connect in place of the regulator, works great.

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Even though I have a high-pressure connection from my onboard propane I use a portable grill with the 1 lb bottles, which I refill. I bought a refill kit ($8 on ebay) and refill the bottles from my home BBQ tank. I just keep three 1 lb bottles with me. If I have to I can refill using one of the 30 lb tanks on my TT, but so far haven't had to. You have to refill with the (20-30 lb) propane tank inverted, so it won't generally work with a built-in tank (unless it has a bottom connection for liquid).

I like this because I sometimes like to cook further away from the RV, such as near the campsite picnic table or whatnot.

Of course we mainly use the RV for camping right now. In another 7 or so years when we plan to be fulltime in an A or fiver we might wanting something a little easier, not to mention cooking on the grill a lot more where having a 1 lb tank go empty in the middle  of cooking would get old, fast.


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we carry an extra 20lb tank in a plastic square milk case so it doesnt tip over or roll around and we plug in a webber q series bbq and a dual shutoff so we can also plug in a camp chef 3 burner grill with the cast iron griddle 
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You can buy a valve without the regulator on it, and a quick coupler. That way you still have the regulated valve that came with the grill if you ever want to use the grill off of a propane bottle.
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So the reason the hose doesnt  work on a Colemen Grill is because the Propane is regulated at the tank on the Motorhome and it doesnt like the regulator on the grill for the 2 pound bottles?
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2015, 06:38:21 PM »
So the reason the hose doesnt  work on a Colemen Grill is because the Propane is regulated at the tank on the Motorhome and it doesnt like the regulator on the grill for the 2 pound bottles?

Yup. Too many regulators. You have the pressure reduced at the tank, then again at the grill. You need only one or the other.
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2015, 07:52:58 PM »
Ok TY  then ... anyone know if they make a regulatorless connection for the coleman grill
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2015, 08:42:31 PM »
Ok TY  then ... anyone know if they make a regulatorless connection for the coleman grill

I'm working on getting a Weber "Q" Grill hooked up to my coach's low pressure "quick connect".  The "Q" has a regulator that looks like it can be easily removed that will leave what looks to be a threaded length of 3/8th pipe in it's wake.    I stumbled onto the following link for a source for connectors and hoses this morning.   I'm thinking all that ordering their Part # 100395-COM will do the trick - and will be placing an order for a 12' length as soon as I remove the remove the regulator and confirm it's in fact a 3/8th threaded connection. 

You might find something there that may help you as well.

http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/propanequickconnect.html#rvhoses
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2015, 11:57:26 AM »
Ok here is a picture of my Valve/port on my Tank now that I look at it I see its before my tank Regulator so is it safe to assume this is a High Pressure Port.I bought 2 8ft lines to connect together to run under the motorhome  and make it so I can set grill under awning.Since the hose connect that goes into my Coleman grill regulator is the same as a Bottle then this should work..... I had issues where the propane  pressure was very low that I couldnt use both burners and  even with just one I didnt get a very HOT flame.Is there an issue with running 2 lines together ?

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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2015, 12:01:44 AM »
I'm working on getting a Weber "Q" Grill hooked up to my coach's low pressure "quick connect".  The "Q" has a regulator that looks like it can be easily removed that will leave what looks to be a threaded length of 3/8th pipe in it's wake.    I stumbled onto the following link for a source for connectors and hoses this morning.   I'm thinking all that ordering their Part # 100395-COM will do the trick - and will be placing an order for a 12' length as soon as I remove the remove the regulator and confirm it's in fact a 3/8th threaded connection. 

You might find something there that may help you as well.

http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/propanequickconnect.html#rvhoses

The regulator on my Coleman failed leaving me without a BBQ on our latest trip. I'll replace it - but as a backup I like the idea of being able to plug directly into me RV quick connect. Thanks for the link.
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2015, 03:35:00 AM »
Paul,

Yes, you've got a T-fitting that will put out high pressure propane. As long as the fitting on the far end of the hose is the same as the fitting that's on those little disposable propane bottles, it should screw into your bar-b-cue's regulator without any problems. I don't think you'll have a problem with two 8-foot hoses, but I've only used a 10-foot hose myself.

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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2015, 08:49:48 AM »
I have tried all kinds of set ups to try and use the tanks on the camper. Bought more fittings than care to think about and they are not cheap. My better half was getting a bit upset at me. I did get a pretty good setup using the tee at the tank as was suggested here. Was just to much hassle so went back to having an extra 20 lb tank with a propane distribution post. You can hook up to three things to it. I have a friend that had issues with connecting his Weber to a tank bigger than the 1lb. He was told by Weber that you can not use bigger since it is not designed for it. Not sure that's true. I have the Roadtrip and works great. Maybe the Weber users can answer that Q. After all that the only thing you can use on the low pressure are the ones sold for that use. They are over priced and limit where you can place your grill. I did hook the Roadtrip direct to the low pressure with no reg and the flame was to low. Not sure if this info is correct but I have heard the camper pressure is around 1.5 lbs and the Coleman pressure for the grill is 3 lbs.

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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2015, 12:18:40 PM »
I'm working on getting a Weber "Q" Grill hooked up to my coach's low pressure "quick connect".  The "Q" has a regulator that looks like it can be easily removed that will leave what looks to be a threaded length of 3/8th pipe in it's wake.    I stumbled onto the following link for a source for connectors and hoses this morning.   I'm thinking all that ordering their Part # 100395-COM will do the trick - and will be placing an order for a 12' length as soon as I remove the remove the regulator and confirm it's in fact a 3/8th threaded connection. 

You might find something there that may help you as well.

http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/propanequickconnect.html#rvhoses

Please give us an update as I want to do the same thing.
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2015, 09:51:30 AM »
I'm working on getting a Weber "Q" Grill hooked up to my coach's low pressure "quick connect".  The "Q" has a regulator that looks like it can be easily removed that will leave what looks to be a threaded length of 3/8th pipe in it's wake.    I stumbled onto the following link for a source for connectors and hoses this morning.   I'm thinking all that ordering their Part # 100395-COM will do the trick - and will be placing an order for a 12' length as soon as I remove the remove the regulator and confirm it's in fact a 3/8th threaded connection. 

You might find something there that may help you as well.

http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/propanequickconnect.html#rvhoses

Yes, it does work...I have done the mod on my Weber Q 2200.  You need a couple conversion pieces and quick-connects and it works well.  I also put a quick connect on the removed Weber Q regulator.  That way, if I ever want to use the 1 pound bottles I just connect the regulator back on.  Sometimes we take the Q away from the RV so the ability to use both is nice.

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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2015, 06:13:20 PM »
Please give us an update as I want to do the same thing.

I removed the regular from the Weber ""Q" grill and realized that it's not a 3/8" pipe.   When you remove the regulator - you're left with a threaded 1/4" tube.     

I ordered a 1/4" female to 3/8" male adaptor (Part # 46-B ....  http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/brassfittings.html )

...along with this "combo" ... that includes a short "pigtail" that has a 3/8" female connector on one end and a male "quick connect" end on the other - combined with a 12' length of hose that has a female "quick connect" on one end and a male "quick connect" end on the other.   
http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/images/100395combo.jpg

I plan to install the adapter on the threaded pipe that the regulator was removed from ... and then the "pigtail" onto that - and basically leave it.  With that in place - it will be a male "quick connect" into the propane "spigot" on the coach ...   and the male end into the female "quick connect" on the hose. 

As long as I haven't broken any "unknown" rules such as using a brass fitting to change sizes ... or maximum hose lengths when carrying low pressure propane ... I think I've got the connectivity lined up right.    I'll know for certain next week once the fittings and hose arrive and I can see if I can burn something!  ;-)
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2015, 06:59:45 PM »
I guess I don't understand what you guys are trying to do. It looks like you're trying to eliminate the regulator from the portable grill using various adapters and fittings and use the regulator on the RV.  Why not just buy one of these and be done with it?   http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/lp-gas/propane-tank-adapter.htm 
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2015, 06:16:01 AM »
I guess I don't understand what you guys are trying to do. It looks like you're trying to eliminate the regulator from the portable grill using various adapters and fittings and use the regulator on the RV.  Why not just buy one of these and be done with it?   http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/lp-gas/propane-tank-adapter.htm

Rene, on my RV, the propane tank is on the driver's side of the vehicle.  The black pipe plumbing for the auxiliary gas outlet is tied into the service to the furnace and water heater, and runs across the width of the vehicle to the patio side.  It's just more convenient to use the piping that is already there.
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2015, 04:09:37 PM »
I guess I don't understand what you guys are trying to do. It looks like you're trying to eliminate the regulator from the portable grill using various adapters and fittings and use the regulator on the RV.  Why not just buy one of these and be done with it?   http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/lp-gas/propane-tank-adapter.htm
Looks like a good option for some situations, but it would require use of the regulator on my grill, which has already failed once.  So I want to be able to tap into my low-pressure quick-connect and bypass the Coleman regulator in case it fails again. I hate being without my BBQ.
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2015, 04:24:03 PM »
I removed the regular from the Weber ""Q" grill and realized that it's not a 3/8" pipe.   When you remove the regulator - you're left with a threaded 1/4" tube.     

I ordered a 1/4" female to 3/8" male adaptor (Part # 46-B ....  http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/brassfittings.html )

...along with this "combo" ... that includes a short "pigtail" that has a 3/8" female connector on one end and a male "quick connect" end on the other - combined with a 12' length of hose that has a female "quick connect" on one end and a male "quick connect" end on the other.   
http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/images/100395combo.jpg....
My Coleman has a 3/8" connection, so it looks like the 100395 COM will work for me.  I'll know soon. ;-) 

I'm assuming that, like LNG, I should use the yellow tape for the fittings rather than the white tape.  If that's rong, someone please let me know?  thanks.
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2015, 10:08:19 PM »

I removed the regular from the Weber ""Q" grill and realized that it's not a 3/8" pipe.   When you remove the regulator - you're left with a threaded 1/4" tube.     

I ordered a 1/4" female to 3/8" male adaptor (Part # 46-B ....  http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/brassfittings.html )


Oops!  Learned something new today.  The nominal measurements on brass pipe fittings (i.e., 1/4", 3/8", etc.) are not based on the diameter of the pipe .. the 1/4" female fitting that I ordered is has an inner diameter that's close to 1/2" wide.   So I went to Lowes today .. purchased what's labeled as an 1/8" female coupling ... which fits perfectly on the threaded pipe that's left when you remove the Q grill regulator.   Found a local plumping supply house that sells a "bushing" that a 1/8" female and a 1/4" male. (http://www.warrenpipe.com/hardware-store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=20155)   Combined with the 1/4" female to 3/8" male adaptor (the Part # 46-B referenced in above) ... I'll be in business.
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2015, 12:33:55 AM »
FYI Heads up.

Regarding the Coleman Road Trip Grill.   It's regulator lets so much gas through so fast at start up, that the Propane pressure safety line shut off will trip very easily.  I learned this after thinking I had run out of gas once and trying to get a new tank full to replace a tank that was full.  Luckily the Hardware Store that was helping me diagnosed the problem. 

Once you connect the line to the Grill regulator, crack the tank valve very slowly.  Let the line come up to pressure and then open the burner valve and try to light,  let the air bleed out and continue to try and light.

The tank safety valve is very touchy, and you may need to repeat.  Once you have the grill lit and running full flame,  use as normal,  shut the flame off at the burner control, but do not shut off the tank valve, let the line remain pressurized and you should have no further problems until you have to change tanks or remove the tank to pack up and go. 

This is a characteristic of Coleman Grills as they have a much higher BTU output than most normal grills.  Almost double some of the common every day grills.

I learned all this from the owner of the Hardware Store in Lugoff, SC.  I guess old fashioned hardware stores still have their uses.

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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2016, 10:09:31 AM »
I started with a Camp Chef Yukon stove and added the grill adapter that sits on top, then I went to Home Depot and got some brass fittings to add a low pressure quick connect fitting to the stove.  Because the regulator is external, the low pressure quick connect works fine, I also added a low pressure connector to the regulator hose (output) in case I want to use a propane bottle directly.

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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #27 on: September 07, 2017, 10:44:27 AM »
Old thread but this is the first hit on Google Search so this info should help others searching for the same solution.

All of Napoleon's 285 Portable Grills can be adapted for low pressure quick connect to your RV with the "Napoleon 66287 RV Adaptor Kit for Portable 285 Grills". You remove the regulator used for canisters and replace it with the provided adaptor, mounting bracket, and hose. Works great on my 2018 Thor Challenger 37TB that came from the factory with a LP quick connect outlet at the rear of the coach.
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Re: What gas grill do you like plugged into your RV's low pressure outlet?
« Reply #28 on: September 07, 2017, 11:05:51 AM »
I have this little grill.  Not the highest quality, but I have used the heck out of it and it still works fine.  I bought an additional hose so I can connect the two together for cooking away from the RV.
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I like this grill, but I don't understand how it attaches to the RV, or what part attaches.

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@Davedutah, it attaches to the RV's propane quick coupler.  Your rig must be equipped with this in order to use it.  The female end plugs to the grill and the male end plugs into the RV.
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