Originally Posted by newrvlady
We are going to dutch oven alot and we have a propane camp chef 3 burner grill. Is it cheaper to hook it to my mh tank and use gas or is it cheaper to use propane?
Because we are in a lot of trees it should stay cool. I hope. I also have a portable shade thing.
Generally, you'll be buying your RV's propane (gas) from a bulk supplier. RV's and gas grills use the same gas - propane.
You know those places outside of most towns with the big white tanks? That's your bulk supplier and you just drive in and they fill your tank up. Or you can call them and they'll deliver. Nearly every town in the US has propane delivery because that's what most rural areas use for heat and cooking. Delivering it to your site (which will add some cost per gallon) is what most people do. That usually costs you around $3-$4/gallon or so (depending on area). Here in Flagstaff, AZ, it's $2.79/gallon delivered right to my RV. They might have a $10 delivery fee, forgot to ask.
And many people that are going to be parked in the same spot for a while lease a 100lb tank. Not that expensive. The propane company plumbs it in for you. Usually with a quick disconnect so you can still drive the RV.
If you're swapping 20lb tanks at the local grocery store, the cost is $7-8/gallon (a 20lb tank only holds around 4 gallons of propane). And bulk suppliers often charge those premium prices for a 20lb tank fill up so you usually won't save anything by going there with a 20lb'er.
What you'd need for your RV, I believe, is an extend-a-stay
kit (around $70), or you can make up your own by buying the parts at a hardware store (~$25). You plumb in a hose to the RV tank usually to a built in take off point right on the tank, or you need to add plumbing to add your own take off point. Then to the gas grills regulator, bypassing it's tank, your gas grill should have it's own regulator.
10's of thousands have done this or are doing it now. If you're not up to working with propane, by all means, have your propane dealer look at it and make suggestions. Many would even do the work.
Take a peek inside your propane compartment. Look for a brass screw-on cap attached to a small metal 'T' fitting connected to your tanks plumbing. If you have that, you just need the proper hose with the proper fittings. If you don't have that (most do), you just have to add a 'T'.