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Old 12-21-2016, 05:21 PM   #1
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Anyone use a grill on the outside attached mount?

Anyone use or have used in the past either the propane grill that comes with the trailer, or other unit mounted ion the rail on the outside of the trailer?

If so, any issues with having heat that close to the trailer? Any melting, or other damage?
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Old 12-21-2016, 05:28 PM   #2
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I have used mine several times with no issues. My only concern has been possible smoke clinging to my awning. I believe you are supposed to close your awning but I have not.
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Old 12-21-2016, 05:38 PM   #3
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Ours is on a swing out arm. It swings out far enough that heat is not a problem. I've used it a number of times, like when it's too hot to mess with a campfire. It's not of the highest quality but it gets the job done.
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Old 12-21-2016, 05:40 PM   #4
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We never used ours, and the grill was still new in the box when we sold the TT. I just preferred keeping the heat and smoke away from the TT and awning!
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Old 12-21-2016, 06:02 PM   #5
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Have used ours almost every trip since we got it & that's been quite a few trips. I had some of your concerns, but try to keep the grease cleaned out of the grill to avoid flare ups (which we haven't had). Ours is not an overly hot grill but has worked well for us. No damage from smoke or heat otherwise. When we got it I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but it has worked well for us so we have continued to use. They are spaced far enough away from the side that you shouldn't have problems with it. Be sure & use the little side table. It is really handy when moving things in & out & when cooking on the grill.
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:52 PM   #6
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Been using ours for over 10 years with absolutely NO damage of any kind.

Do you think that, after many decades, RV manufacturers would still be attaching grills/stoves to the sides if they caused damage?
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:58 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. The feedback is helpful


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Do you think that, after many decades, RV manufacturers would still be attaching grills/stoves to the sides if they caused damage?

I dont know, this is why I asked. You would think that after this many years they could make the seals on the bunk ends not leak, but that seems to be a pretty common occurrence.
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Old 12-21-2016, 08:09 PM   #8
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I have one that came with the trailer but have decided to not use it anymore after a particularly busy grilled chicken session. No damage or anything I just don't like the IDEA. I have a Weber Q and now use that.

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Old 12-21-2016, 08:16 PM   #9
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Been using ours for over 10 years with absolutely NO damage of any kind.

Do you think that, after many decades, RV manufacturers would still be attaching grills/stoves to the sides if they caused damage?
We've only had them for the last 8 yrs and use them every time we go out with no damage to anything. Awning is always out when we use it also. Heat on the side of the trailer or the deployed awning is NOT a problem.
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Old 12-21-2016, 08:29 PM   #10
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I have used ours on both travel trailer and the fifth wheel. It does the job. We don't cook premade greasy burgers/sausage and have no issues with leaner meats.
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Old 12-21-2016, 08:57 PM   #11
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We've had 2 of these: 2008 Shamrock 183 with grill attached a rail screwed to camper's side and our current 2015 where the grill attaches to a moveable bracket that is mounted to the rear bumper.
On our older camper, the rail started to detach from the wall while I was in the middle of BBQing. This was in the second year of using it. Not a pleasant experience. Larger screws and epoxy fixed the rail. No problems at all with the current set-up. We primarily cook with charcoal or wood (chicken is our mainstay), but do use it for burgers, steaks and hot dogs. It's a single burner so you can only get so creative.
I don't like keeping a grill right next to the camper when we're in bear country, but with the quick disconnect and light weight, its easy to move it to the bear box.
With the 2 we have had, the grill, once set-up, leans slightly to the rear, enough so that all the grease runs to the back. Unfortunately, the removable grease trap is in the front where it stays nice and clean.
Many others seem to think these are great grills. I'm not one of them so this is just my 2 cents.
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Old 12-21-2016, 09:28 PM   #12
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I have one, I used it a couple of times on the camper, I didn't like the grease splatter on the camper wall, I built a table top frame and ordered an additional 10ft gas hose and now I can cook further away from the camper.
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:05 PM   #13
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We have cooked everything from tri-tip to breakfast on the grill that came with our trailer. No damage, no awning damage, no rail pulling out. But based on a few responses, I will be checking the rail periodically. I like cooking there so much I might even upgrade to a better grill. Anyone upgraded? What's a good grill to upgrade too?
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:08 PM   #14
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We have been using ours for three years, and have had no problems. I just wipe the area behind the grill with some cleaner to keep the grease off of the side of the T.T. We like it, as it is very handy to use when we are in a spot for a while. We leave it mounted up for almost instant use, but don't let the little table get rained on, as ours swelled when it got wet. So much for using cheap MDF board.
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:24 PM   #15
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Love the bumper mounted grill. Far enough away from tt sides and awning not to do any damage under normal use. Do have to clean often as stated above any grease does collect in rear of grill. After I cut off grill, spray it wth oven cleaner while it is still warm. Grease wipes right off with paper towels. Then wipe grill with warm water to remove any reside from cleaner. Spray actual grill, cooking surface, with clear water. Did not use wall mounted grill, I feared a flare up against a fiberglass body.
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Old 12-22-2016, 02:16 PM   #16
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I have used a couple of times. Seems OK. During PDI, tech said that it was OK to use with awning out. Don't trust that. Seems dangerous, if a flare up. So, I use with awning in.
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Old 12-22-2016, 02:17 PM   #17
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We use ours pretty much every time we go out. I usually leave the awning out also, and we've never had any problem.
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Old 12-22-2016, 02:18 PM   #18
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Have used ours a couple of times but probably won't again. It is a pain to clean it after use. Didn't hurt the RV at all. I did roll in my awning when using it. I carry a couple of disposable grills with us when we camp. Works for just my wife and I. After cool down I throw them away.
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Old 12-22-2016, 06:21 PM   #19
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We've used ours occasionally with no problems. The bracket extends it far enough away from the trailer. I have a fan that sucks the smoke away from the door so it doesn't get in the camper. However, we usually prefer the campfire or camp grill to cook when we are camping. We just us the gas grill for quickie meals (hotdogs, hamburgers, smoked snauseges........)
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Old 12-22-2016, 07:30 PM   #20
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We use it all the time. It saves messing up the one inside. I do keep it clean though. I never leave grease in it. A quick wipe with spray bottle cleaner and a paper towel keeps it in good shape. I have a nonmetal brush to clean the grate.
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