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Old 01-07-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Propane quick disconnect & grills

One option we are thinking about having in our June 15B is the propane quick disconnect. Does anyone have this option and how do you like it? Is it installed on the side and does it protrude out. And the second half of this equation is, are there any recommendations for portable grills. Only 5 months away now . . .
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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We have one on our 19' It doesn't stick out. Sorry, can't help with the grill.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:32 AM   #3
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One option we are thinking about having in our June 15B is the propane quick disconnect. Does anyone have this option and how do you like it? Is it installed on the side and does it protrude out. And the second half of this equation is, are there any recommendations for portable grills. Only 5 months away now . . .
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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We have the propane quick connect and use it all the time for our Weber Q. We like the Weber, but if I could do it over again, I'd check out the Dickinson too.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:46 PM   #5
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I have had my trailer for 4 summers now, and got the low pressure gas quick coupler, with full intention of using it. Not until last winter did I finally get around to getting a new BBQ which I set up right off the bat without its own regulator. Do I like this setup? The real question is, why the hell did I wait so long to do it?

We just love the convenience. Our new BBQ and the hose store under one dinette seat, and can be set up to use in no time at all. No worries about portable bottles for it either. We have been very pleased.

The grill I bought was a Dickinson Marine Spitfire 180 BBQ. You can read my review on HERE. This was written after only a few uses, and after using it lots for a full season, I am just as happy with it now as when it was new. On a 17 day trip to Southern Utah with friends, it got a ton of use, and our friends pretty much left their Weber grill in their unit, because whether it was them or us cooking, they too used our grill. Not cheap (but either are our trailers), but very much worth every penny of its price. It is built with more quality than I have seen in any other portable grill.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:52 PM   #6
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Hi there, we have the low pressure disconnect on the trailer but have not used it. We ordered this as an option when we had the trailer built but then figured out our Coleman stove would not work on low pressure. Our Weber Q will work on low pressure if the regulator is removed. By the time we figured this out, the LP line was in and the insulation blown on the underside of the trailer. On to plan B: As we wanted the option to cook outside with the BBQ and the Coleman stove, Reace got us a fitting that connects to the 20 pound tanks on the front of the trailer. I then had a local hose company make me up a 20 foot high pressure hose which I run off the main tanks, with a tee off of the end and a 3 foot hoses with quick connects and an on / off valve going to each appliance. Each run on high pressure propane. I have had problems getting the lines to charge properly and had to do some fiddling around to get the gas to flow, which it eventually does. Oddly enough, I made a quick trip to the hose store today to try and solve this annoyance. Lo and behold, both myself and the technician learned from the supplier that prior to hooking the lines up, the main valve to the one propane tank has to be off. You then connect the lines to the tank and the appliances, open up the valves on the quick connects to the appliances and then slowly open up the valve on the main tank. You will hear the hiss of the lines charging and when you hear a ping, they are full and ready to go. Sounds like a bit of a hassle but not really as we like to cook outdoors. The end result: a 2012 15A we have never cooked in, other then boiling water for coffee in the am.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:48 PM   #7
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I followed Jim's advice and added the low pressure hookup and the Dickson Spitfire. Awesome BBQ. Bought the matching half grill too.
BTW the gas line could also be used for a propane outdoor heater, fire pit and a camp stove too. Just handy.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:18 PM   #8
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I'm willing to accept the propane quick connect, if I have to, but I just can't handle a propane camp fire.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:46 PM   #9
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We have three low pressure lines with quick disconnects so we can cook outside with no propane bottles. I made up a tee to connect it all together..

Here is one of our camping trips with two hoses going; one for the Weber Q120 and the other for our 2 burner Camp Chef stove...plenty of gas supply to run both simultaneously.



Here is the Weber Q120 with a Tri-Tip Steak going. I removed the supplied regulator and plumbed in a quick disconnect.



Here I have the Camp Chef cooking up some fried rice in cast iron...we do love to eat! I mounted a quick disconnect on this one also.



I cannot say enough about the low pressure supply quick disconnect system. Good luck!

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:50 PM   #10
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Explain the foil inside the Weber.

I do roll up foil to block the hinge area on my large Weber at home when I'm smoking ribs ( keep in mind that you are absolutely not supposed to do that ). Nothing has blowed up yet..
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