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Old 02-25-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Outside grille and awning

I have a 2010 ultralite that has an outside grille that mounts to the trailer. My question is, for those that have the grille and a power awning, do you cook with the awning out or rolled up? Will the heat from the grille cause the fabric to stretch? Just asking because I don't want to ruin it because of the heat. Let me know your thoughts and what I should be doing.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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I don't like the idea of a grill under the awning or hanging on the side of the camper so have never used our grill, it setting in the garage. We like to use the campfire for cooking, to me it is safer.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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Mine has a couple warning stickers not to use the grill when the awning is out. I have decided not to try it and I don't want a gressy mess on the bottom of the awning anyway. The frame for my grill will convert as a stand so I picked up an extension for the propane hose and use it out from under the awning on the picnic table.
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I also am concerned about the heat but not the awning as much as the gel coat on the trailer. However, I have grilled using the sidekick at least a dozen times (half with the awning out) and have not noticed any problems. I've also begun grilling with the grill detached from the camper and setting on a table.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:17 PM   #5
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Never used our grill for the reasons mentioned. Thought about using it on the pontoon but I'll probably never do the deed. Those grills just sound good in theory but were used as a selling point for trailer.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:20 PM   #6
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There are several threads on this. The concensus is that folks either have no qualms about it...then some of the 'Henny Pennies' swear the earth will burn down if you cook under the awning.
I use the Sidekick, my 5 year old camper still has GREAT looking side walls and the awning looks like new!
(Wish the graphics still looked good though!)
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:57 PM   #7
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I used mine once and was not impressed with the grill. was not concerned about the heat from it or having the awning out. I prefer to use my charcoal grill. best thing to do is give it a try and judge for yourself.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:26 PM   #8
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I use ours all the time and many times under the awning, especially if it is raining. I did the same on our old camper and have never noticed any issues with the sides or awning. Leaves that get caught up in it when rolling up leave a bigger mess!
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:01 PM   #9
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I used the one on our Rockwood a few times and never had a problem. I never really felt comfortable doing it though.
The one that came with our new trailer had warning stickers not to use the grill under the awning, however this trailer has a swing away rear bumper mount so I don't have to worry about it.
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i've been using my Sidekick grill that came with my Roo, for over 5 years now and never had an issue and i don't worry at all about using it, awning or not.
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We use ours and have had no problems or concerns with it.
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I think (if they would allow us) is have a (yard/site sale) at the (FROG Rally) and sell all the unused grills and other R/V parts! Youroo!!
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I would like to find a small table that would mount where the grill does, anyone seen something like that?
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:33 AM   #14
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My new 2011 rockwood came with a barbecue that I refused and exchanged for a brake controller installed. I dont like the idea to cook close to the trailer with all the mess and smoke going inside and start the smoke detector. I carry a coleman roadtrip barbecue that I use on the picknic table with a 5 pound propane tank .
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I have a 2010 ultralite that has an outside grille that mounts to the trailer. My question is, for those that have the grille and a power awning, do you cook with the awning out or rolled up? Will the heat from the grille cause the fabric to stretch? Just asking because I don't want to ruin it because of the heat. Let me know your thoughts and what I should be doing.
our RV came with the grill that mounts under the awing and never used it because 1) have seen other units with this set up and the smoke stains the awning and 2) you get a lot of smoke that blows inside the camper if the windows are open. So I have a new grill just sitting in my basement.
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:24 PM   #16
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Rick, ours came with a little table about 12 to 14 inches square that mounts right on the rail the grill mounts on...very handy. I am surprized yours did not. I'll try to get a photo of it.
I'll say again...no problems with smoke on the awning or in the camper...of course it is usuallly hot so the camper is closed up anyway. If you think about it...there is usually wind which sweeps the smoke and fumes away.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:08 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the replies. I have cooked in the grille under the awning a dozen times buy wanted to check if im harming anything. I guess ill have to decide on each outing what im going to do. I do like cooking over a fire but like the added convience of having a grille I can use in the event its raining.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:48 PM   #18
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Like I said in the last string on this subject...Used it almost every time out camping. Mostly under the awning. No problems for either the side of the camper or awning. Loved that little RVQ. No stains on the awning, no smoke in the camper (if it starts to come in...duh, close the window!), and no worries, other than clean-up. It was a bit of a bugger to clean. Use it and enjoy it.
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We use our sidekick grill to cook all meats - works great for bacon in the morning & steaks/chicken, etc. for dinner. Just a bit of a learning curve to perfect cooking things just right. Usually I have the awning up, but have cooked with the grill under the awning in the rain with no problem. In my experience, the splatter from the grill doesn't go up very high on the side of the trailer, and I doubt it would make the underside of the awning greasy. I would think, tho, for safety reasons if there is a grease fire in the grill & you have the awning down, there is a chance of it catching fire - that's probably why they have the warning stickers not to cook with the awning down.
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Rick, ours came with a little table about 12 to 14 inches square that mounts right on the rail the grill mounts on...very handy. I am surprized yours did not. I'll try to get a photo of it.
My Flagstafff also came with a table that mounts on the grill rails. It was stowed in the drawer underneath my couch.
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