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Old 08-03-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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grills and camp stoves

I have it down to 3 different models and would like to know about any ones experience with these. I want something that will allow me to cook/grill both breakfast and dinner for a minimum of 5 people sometimes a couple more. It also must hook up to my quick connect. Which leads me to question #1. I want to extend it at least 20 feet from the TT. Lowes sells 10 ft extensions which simply has a threaded male connection on one end and a threaded female connection on the other. I asked the young girl working the grill area if I could connect them together so I could have 20 feet, she said yes. Can you? Where do I find the actual quick connect coupler(i guess the male end) that goes from my extension in the TT quick connect. Do I buy one of the short 4 foot ones and connect it to my extension? Are the couplers universal? On the far end that connects to the grill/camp stove, what end must I have. The guy at the local rv dealer(not my dealer) was not much help on this. Anyways, back to the original topic

First, the Weber Q220....does it have shields over the flames? Can you use a griddle on it? Is it mainly just a grill? I know IT is a Weber!

Second, the Coleman Road Trip LXX Grill (http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-200001...GH10CG38NW)How is it at actual grilling? Are there shields over the flames? Is it mainly a stove or a grill?

Third, the Camp Chef Sports Grill MVP (www.campchef.com/sport-grill-mvp.html) the largest and most btu of the 3, but is it mainly a stove? It has 100 more sq inches of cooking space. I believe it is fairly new as I can find no reviews and little mention of it.

thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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I have the Weber Q220....really like it.....no, it doesn't have a shield over the flames. I used one of those 10' extensions to connect with the trailer set up. If I remember right....the propane guy just undid a fitting that attached the hose to the original stove and the new extension just screwed into the fitting that was left on the original hose. The original quick release that attaches to the trailer was left as it was.
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We have the coleman LXE (like the LXX but with plastic pull outs, not steel...we've not had any trouble with the plastic, but steel would definitely be better).
We like it for the versatility in preparing meals. It isn't real large, but it has removable pieces for whatever you want to cook. You can have two grills (which it comes with) or you can replace one grill with a griddle (for pancakes, etc) so you can grill on one side and griddle on the other. Or you can replace both grills with one large griddle (making pancakes for a larger group), or you can replace one grill with a burner top (for brewing a pot of coffee, using a frypan, or making soup in a stock pot). Of course all of these different tops have to be purchased separately for more $. The LXX seems pricey at nearly $200. The cheapest LXE I've seen was around $100, but mostly you can find them on sale for around $130-140.

We like the fact that the whole system folds up for storage, and it can be wheeled around to where you want it. We use the small propane bottles, and I've not heard of anyone tapping into their low pressure external quick connect on the side of their RV, although I'm sure someone's figured out how to do that. You could certainly tee off of your main propane bottle with a little plumbing.

The Coleman LXE is not without its problems. It would be nice to have a better way of leveling it - now we just use shims under the wheels/legs. Also it isn't very wind resistant and a moderate wind can mess up your cooking time. The grills definitely have hot spots just above the burners, but once you realize that, you can deal with it pretty easily. We bought the storage bag and generally like it, but you have to pull the handle off to store the grill in the bag. The bag does have pockets for storing the extra griddles and grates, which is nice.

I've seen some reviews on Amazon that claim that the material is cheap, but we've found it to be pretty good. Before we bought ours, we saw a lot of them being used by RVers and actually asked the people who were using them what their verdict was. Nearly all said they were very pleased.

To answer your specific questions: Underneath the grill grates, there are two burners that are nearly the same as the burners that you have on the stove inside your camper, or gas burners on your home stove. This is what leads to the hot spots on the grill. So does the Coleman deliver a grilled steak like my 25 year old weber kettle charcoal BBQ? No. But it does an acceptable job, and my Weber kettle can't make pancakes, coffee and soup. I don't have any experience with the other grills, so can't compare the Coleman with those, but we are pretty happy with it.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:45 AM   #4
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I have the Coleman grill, the blue one, I like it because its easy to clean and store. You add water to a try under the burners and the grease drips into the tray, empty the dirty water when your done and your ready to fold it up and put it away. I tried to connect it to the quick connect on my Jayco Trailer but the trailer has a regulator on it and so does the grill so it wouldn't work, You can connect it straight to the propane tank but I just buy the little green propane bottles and use that,
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I have the red Coleman and I really like it. It's just getting use to adjusting the flame(s) depending on which meat you cook. It is very fast and convenient. I bought a hose to use with the extra propane tank that I usually carry on trips. This is much more economical than the small tanks. However, the hose did go bad once and luckily I had a couple of small tanks with me.
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the weber 220 makes a griddle that goes on top to make breakfast, pancakes, eggs, etc... I just bought it but haven't used it yet. Still having trouble with the connections to the quick connect. My dealer was no help on this because they say Jayco does not recommend it.
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I have the red Coleman and I really like it. It's just getting use to adjusting the flame(s) depending on which meat you cook. It is very fast and convenient. I bought a hose to use with the extra propane tank that I usually carry on trips. This is much more economical than the small tanks. However, the hose did go bad once and luckily I had a couple of small tanks with me.
If you can hook an extra propane tank to it, what would be the difference between hooking it up to our quick connect? Jayco put a quick connect on our TT's, but from what I see, the quick connect doesn't get the use it should!
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I have the coleman and hate it. Probably the way I cook, do a lot of barbaque. A lot of the grate is solid vs having slits and it just does not work for me and cleanup is a lot of work. I'm moving to the Weber soon, my home gas grill is a Weber and I love it.
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If you can hook an extra propane tank to it, what would be the difference between hooking it up to our quick connect? Jayco put a quick connect on our TT's, but from what I see, the quick connect doesn't get the use it should!
Depends upon where you are talking about hooking it up. If you are talking about hooking up to the propane line that comes from underneath or to the rear of your trailer (installed there for an RVQ or some other bbq grill that attaches/hangs on the side of your camper) You cannot hook up to that, since it has already gone through the regulator on your RV and you have another regulator on your Coleman...it will either not work, or you won't have adequate heat to cook properly.

If you are talking about teeing off of your RV propane bottles themselves (before they go through your RV regulator) then you should be able to do that with no problem. As I've mentioned before, I'm sure there are some folks out in forum-land that have figured out how to make the Coleman work with the quick connect, but I've not, so can't help you there.
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My conclusion thus far from this thread, other threads and hours on the internet.

1. The Coleman may or may not hook up to the quick connect. Apparently some people have got some models to work. Cooks breakfast well, but lacks some in grilling. Price is near the lowest and it does put out some BTU's. No flavorizing bars. The least expensive.

2. The Weber. Hard to find any one with something bad to say. Probably the easiest (but not easy) to get hooked up to quick connect. Great grill, not so good for breakfast with a griddle. Have heard that the lack of flavorizing bars allows dripping to get into burner and clog it. The most expensive. 200 bucks for the Q200, another $50 for the stand and another $50 for the griddle. The most expensive.

3. The Camp Chef. So new it is hard to find much on. Once again no flavor bars. High BTU numbers. States it is set up for small propane bottles, but you can purchase an adapter that
will allow hook up to a larger tank. Not sure if it is a high pressure or low pressure unit. I have emailed Camp Chef in an attempt to find out more. If it is low pressure, I may be able to make it work with a quick connect. (there are no propane dealers near me, so I am on my own with hoses and adapters). Has the largest cooking surface and is a stove as well. Many accessories available. In order to compare apples to apples I would need to add their griddle at around $50. Right in the middle on price.

Why the lack of flavor bars on portable units. Isn't that where most of the flavor comes from? All my home grills have always had them. Guess I will do a search for ones with the bars. At this point I will wait to hear from Camp Chef. Then again, I still have the $25 charcoal grill that I bought at Walmart 4 years ago and transfered from my old Wildwood to my new TT.
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