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Old 08-20-2015, 04:24 PM   #1
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Portable Gas Grills

I recently purchased a Coleman Roadtrip LXE gas grill because a Coleman rep told me that I could connect it to my motor home propane tank with the "right connectors". I have a Tiffin Open Road 36' Class A. My dealer is installing a connector prior to the tank regulator so the gas will be high pressure.The Roadtrip has it's own regulator. Today I called Coleman again to ask more about other connectors to replace the 1 lb portable propane tank and was told that I would not be able to connect directly to the MH tank as the pressures would be incorrect. I was under the impression that a number of people were doing this successfully. Please provide feedback.
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I previously owned a Forest River Berkshire and I had rigged my Weber Q2000 grill so it would connect directly to the RV's propane. Basically all I had to do was remove the pressure regulator from the grill (since the RV already regulated the pressure) and it worked fine. It just hooked up with some quick connect propane hose adapters. I would think you should be able to do this with little or no problems.
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IMHO it might be they are more afraid of the liability of saying it is ok to hook up. Since the length of rubber hose from the access point to the grill presents a potential for a leak of the higher pressure gas that is out of their design control vs the tested and UL rated connection between the bottle and the screw adapter on the grill. Just MHO.


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One of the advantages of connecting to your motorhomes LP supply ahead of the regulator and using the grill's regulator is you can still use your grill as a portable unit and connect to 1lb LP throwaway tanks if you want to without having to reconstruct it.
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Yon can connect the Coleman grill to the high pressure side of your LP line. Assuming you have the correct fitting installed on your RV, you can find the correct hose by googling Extend-A-Stay. They sell a hose with a fitting on one end that is the same as the fitting on a disable LP bottle.
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One of the advantages of connecting to your motorhomes LP supply ahead of the regulator and using the grill's regulator is you can still use your grill as a portable unit and connect to 1lb LP throwaway tanks if you want to without having to reconstruct it.
I have a friend that did exactly that on his Class C. He got the hose and fittings he needed all from Home Depot.
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Yon can connect the Coleman grill to the high pressure side of your LP line. Assuming you have the correct fitting installed on your RV, you can find the correct hose by googling Extend-A-Stay. They sell a hose with a fitting on one end that is the same as the fitting on a disable LP bottle.
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My trusty old and loveable 2004 Fleetwood Folding Trailer came with a factory installed high pressure 1/2" propane connector, (just as found on the 1lb disposable canisters), tied into the dual tank autochangeover high pressure propane system. It's a very handy connection as ANY portable propane appliance made to work with the disposable canisters can connect directly to it using a readily available extension hose.

The quick-disconnect low pressure system found on many RVs is virtually un-usable. In order to use the low pressure propane quick-connect you typically have to remove regulators, get custom hoses fabricated, or simply limit what you can use with it.

For that reason, I wanted the exact same "disposable canister" 1/2" connector on my Class A motorhomes. And that's really EASY to accomplish by installing an Extend-A-Stay adapter.



It's no-fuss, inexpensive, easy to install, and very versatile. And, (I must re-iterate), you can use ANY propane appliance made to work with the disposable canisters, just use a long extension hose that you can find at Walmart, Kmart, Target, Camping World, etc... I currently occasionally use mine for a Weber Q200 portable propane grill, or a CharBoil Paella Pan burner, or even just a tiny Coleman GrillStove if I'm in a hurry and don't want to bring out the big stuff.

And, it has the added feature of allowing you to connect an external portable propane tank if your main tank runs low. That way you don't need to tear down your camp just to get more propane. You can bring the propane to your RV.
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Has anyone put a shut off valve at the appliance connection? As I see it, there is only a check valve to stop the tank pressure.
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Our Coleman Road trip works great connected just as the op describes.

Bought all the stuff from Amazon.
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Like BeachDude shows, its easy and IMHO hassle free.
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Has anyone put a shut off valve at the appliance connection? As I see it, there is only a check valve to stop the tank pressure.

There is a quick disconnect/check valve that has a spring loaded shut off valve built into it. We have one on our rig. Was installed by Propane dealer.


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There is a quick disconnect/check valve that has a spring loaded shut off valve built into it. We have one on our rig. Was installed by Propane dealer.


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In summary:

Low Pressure Quick-Disconnect =
Must remove OEM regulator from most off-the-shelf appliances. Must use quick connect hoses, and you're operating at low pressure.

High Pressure 1/2" "disposable" connector =
You can use ANY propane appliance. Easy to find extension hoses.
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Does anyone know the item number for the adapter? Thanks.
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Not to put a damper on your new grill but have you used it? My Roadtrip is the hardest grill to clean I have ever used. Plus, even with my large bays, it is a pain to put in and take out. It now sits in my RV building with many other useless things I've bought. It was replaced with a $39 Walmart special, does everything the Roadtrip did and requires almost no cleaning time. Good luck, I hope you get your answer and enjoy yours.
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