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Old 04-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Electric or gas cooking?

I have a question regarding cooking appliances. We are looking for a few ideas and suggestions. When we go camping, we normally take an electric griddle with us to mainly cook breakfast in the morning. We purchased a 2013 Jayco 197 in August. It has the QC fitting under the rear bumper for propane. With an electric griddle drawing high amperage, we found the 2 separate outlets (inside and outside) we use for the coffee maker and the griddle are on the same circuit. So using both will trip the breaker. Does anyone have a suggestion for a grill we can use with a griddle attachment? We will most likely still use it to cook breakfast, but when it rains it would be a great alternative for cooking outside under the awning. We cook all our other meals over an open fire.

I have also read the thread by Bob about converting a grill to use with my QC fitting so I am prepared to convert if I have to.

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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Mark;

Exact same scenario with our 154BH. This season - I'm going to carry a seperate cord to home run from the electric stand to the griddle.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:05 PM   #3
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Electric or gas cooking?

I have used the coleman skillet. It is propane and works really well for breakfast. It is portable so you can use it inside. We just open a window and turn on fan. I also have the portable grill on the outside of my eagle and i purchased a griddle from wallly worldand set it on the grill and can cook there when raining or cooking something that may stink. Either one works good for taquitos or pancakes or french toast.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:17 PM   #4
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I use the coleman gas stoves, the one that uses the white gas, I have two of them and love them, I use a flat griddle on the stove and cook all my breakfast on those. You can use a large skillet, pots and pans, percolater coffee pots, etc. One gallon of gas will last most the season. I also have two of the coleman white gas lanterns to light the camp at night.

Another option is using the propane gas stoves, using the same utinsels.

I never camp close enough to electricity to rely on using electric skillets/griddles.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:37 AM   #5
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We use the Coleman roadtrip mostly for cooking. Alot of our camping is off the power grid and the RoadTrip fits the bill just great. It is always setup under our awning and is just outside the trailer door.

We also use our electric skillet-pot roast alot as well when at Electric sites... Produces amazing meals... Gotta love the slow cookers...

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Make your coffee THEN turn on your grill...
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Make your coffee THEN turn on your grill...
Easier said than done....you tell my wife NO COFFEE (we take a Kuerig) and NO HOT IRON in the morning....
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I have looked at both options - following are my humble opinions.....(keep in mind we have a small TT and load limits to monitor)

Downside of an electric griddle...ours is 1500 watts (YMMV)....and if I'm not mistaken, that's a 12-15 amp draw (peak). The I'm just not comfortable pulling that through a small TT electrical system with other devices running (AC / Etc). Camper life goes "on hold" while the griddle is cooking breakfast.

Upside of a griddle = extremely lightweight (we have to watch our load limits), cheap to buy, cheap to run (no gas), easy to clean, more compact than a gas grill-griddle

I'm not ready to give up the electric griddle yet - this season I am going to try a heavy extension cord homerun to the electric stand.....
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We use the electric skillet for cooking breakfast as well. We always use a separate cord to the pedestal for that.
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x2 on the flat griddle from wally world. I just set it on the gas burners. Only problem I've been having is the burners seem to have only two settings; high and higher...
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