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6 Top Rated Portable Gas Grills for 2020/2021

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6 Top Rated Portable Gas Grills for 2020/2021

When camping season rolls upon us, a portable grill is a must-have for all of your RVing adventures. For those emerging from their winter cocoons and our snowbird friends alike, it’s time to get grilling with the best-of-the-best portable grills!

To get those juices flowing, we thought that rather than write another “best of” article, we would create a “best of the best” list of portable gas grills for RVs.

My wife and I at chevrv.com  rounded up articles on the best portable propane grills for your upcoming travels. We consulted only lists created specifically for RV owners. We included freestanding and tabletop model portable grills. There was a surprising amount of variety, with a number of portable grill models receiving only one or two mentions.

These rose to the top as the best of the best for 2020/2021.

Portable Stand-up Grills

Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill

The Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill features sturdy quick-fold legs and 2 wheels for a hassle-free setup, takedown, and transport. Thus, taking your grill on a camping trip or to a tailgate party is easy and almost effortless. Color choices are not lacking either. You can choose between red, orange, green, blue, and black, at no extra cost.

For ease of lighting, just push the Instastart ignition button for matchless lighting. Then select your heat setting with the enhanced temperature control of 3 independently adjustable burners (outer left, inner, outer right). With a range of grilling power from 3,250 to 20,000 BTUs and 285 sq. in. of cast iron grill grates coated in porcelain, you’ll wow your friends and family with an array of perfectly cooked meats, seafood, or veggies every time.

Also, if you’re looking for more meal options, the Swaptop interchangeable cooktops let you switch the grill grates with a 1/2 griddle, stove grate, or a full griddle. See below under Road Trip Swaptop Options.

Worth noting, it is equipped with two sliding side tables. Thus, you can keep utensils and sauces handy. Cooking with this grill is just as convenient as traveling with it. The RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Grill can be stored upright (to fit in tight spaces) until your next cookout.

Features:

  • Up to 20,000 total BTUs
  • 3 adjustable burners with improved burner technology for more precise temperature control
  • 285 sq. inches grilling area
  • Sturdy quick-fold legs and wheels
  • Integrated thermometer design for accurate temperature monitoring
  • Push Button ignition for matchless lighting
  • Fuel provided by 1 16.4 oz. propane cylinder (sold separately)
  • 3-Year Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty

Warranty

Coleman® products have a limited warranty from the date of original retail purchase that the product will be free from defects in material and workmanship. The length of the limited warranty may vary by product. The warranty is valid for the original retail purchaser from the date of initial retail purchase and is not transferable.

Coleman RoadTrip X-Cursion

From camping trips to tailgating parties, the Coleman RoadTrip X-Cursion with its easy-to-use two-burner system takes grilling on the go to a new level. At just under 52 pounds, and with its rugged oversized off-road wheels, you can transport it over nearly any terrain. The low-profile design and collapsible steel scissor legs offer compact packing.

With the Instastart ignition, you are provided with simple matchless push-button lighting. Additionally, the large side-table keeps your tools, ingredients, and cooking accessories nearby. Having a total output of 20,000 BTUs it quickly heats up the 285 sq. in. cooking surface. The 2 specially designed Even-Temp burners deliver evenly radiated heat.

Both burners are independently adjustable, thus offering 2 temperature zones with precise control over each.

The PerfectFlow technology ensures a consistently high level of performance even in extreme conditions. When operating with one 16.4 oz. propane cylinder (not included and available at Amazon) and both burners on high, the RoadTrip X-Cursion gives you up to an hour of grilling time. Additionally, the porcelain-coated cast-iron grates are durable and easy to clean.

For more meal options, the Swaptop interchangeable cooktops let you switch the grill grates with a griddle or stove grate (both sold separately). You can also go full griddle when cooking a breakfast of eggs, bacon, and pancakes. Click the Colman Road Trip Swaptop Options below, to be taken to Amazon, to see these and other grill accessories.

Features:

  • Compact and portable for camping, tailgating, cookouts, and beach parties
  • Independent, adjustable double burners deliver 20,000 BTUs of grilling power
  • Swaptop™ interchangeable cooktops for more meal options (griddle, full-size griddle, and stove grates sold separately)
  • Even-Temp™ burners radiate heat equally across the grill
  • DripTrap™ removable water pan catches grease for easy cleanups
  • Instastart™ ignition for push-button, matchless lighting
  • Steel legs with oversized wheels fold for compact storage and easy transport

Warranty

Coleman® products have a limited warranty from the date of original retail purchase that the product will be free from defects in material and workmanship. The length of the limited warranty may vary by product. The warranty is valid for the original retail purchaser from the date of initial retail purchase and is not transferable.

Colman Road Trip Swaptop Options

Cast Iron Griddle     Cast Iron Grate        Stove Grate          Full Aluminum Grill Griddle        

                                                            

Portable Table-top Grills

Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

The Weber Q 1000 is a restyled and much-improved grill over its predecessor the Weber Q100. The Q1000 has the same great performance and sleek styling but adds new functionality and aesthetics. Included are a larger grip handle and larger control knobs, ergonomic side handles, sturdy front and rear cradles. It received six #1 ratings in our roundup.

It has one stainless steel burner that can produce 8500 BTU-per-hour of energy to heat its 189 square-inch total cooking area. One-click or two on the reliable push-button ignition and you are set to grill. With the burner on high, the grill will be ready for cooking in approximately 10 to 15 minutes.  The Q 1000 features easy-to-clean porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates and cast aluminum lid and body.

Burgers, brats, and dogs are easily handled. But, a large variety of other foods may also be cooked at any temperature from low to high. Just dial in the proper heat setting by adjusting the infinite control burner valve.

Although it only has one burner, the split grates allow for a grate/griddle cooking combination. Just replace one of the grates with the Weber 6558 Griddle and experience a delicious alternate way of preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the Q1000.

Features:

Up to 8,500 total BTUs
1 adjustable stainless steel burner
189 sq. inches grilling area
Compact table-top design
Slide-out grease pan for easy clean-up
Push Button ignition for matchless lighting
Fuel provided by 1 16.4 oz. propane cylinder (sold separately)

Warranty

Cookbox – 5 years, no rust through/burn through (2 years paint excluding fading or discoloration)
Lid assembly – 5 years, no rust through/burn through (2 years paint excluding fading or discoloration)
Stainless steel burner tubes – 5 years, no rust through/burn through
Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates – 5 years, no rust through/burn through
Plastic components – 5 years (excluding fading or discoloration)
All remaining parts – 2 years
3-Year Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty

Q-Series Options

Q1000 Griddle Option (6558)

Wake up and prepare breakfast in the crisp morning air. Flip pancakes at sunrise or crab cakes for dinner. The Griddle’s double-sided surface allows you to grill delicate food that otherwise wouldn’t seem possible on cooking grates. Whether you’re filling the backyard with the sweet aroma of fruity crepes at dawn or grilling a seafood feast at dusk – make any time your time to grill.

Features
Porcelain-enameled, cast-iron griddle provides exceptional heat retention and distribution ensuring evenly cooked food
Designed to replace a grate in a Weber Q gas grill

Q1000 and Q2000 Portable Cart Option (6557) 

With the Weber 6557 Portable Cart grilling on the go has never been more convenient. The newly redesigned Weber Q portable cart makes it super simple to transport your Weber Q 1000 & Weber Q 2000-series grills. Thus, hassle-free portability of your cart and grill are assured thanks to the cart’s push-button functionality, which allows you to quickly fold or unfold the cart with your grill securely in place. Spring-loaded locking pins make loading and removing the grill from the cart a snap. The leg locking indicator shows when the cart is locked in and you’re ready to start grilling. Quality materials and sturdy construction assure you of years of trouble-free use. Please note, the 6557 is not compatible with Weber Q 100 or Q 200.

Durable, but lightweight (26.6 pounds), its cast-aluminum construction makes this super-portable grill the perfect camping and tailgating companion. Used on the go, it runs on 14.1 or 16.4 oz disposable LP gas cylinders  (not included and available at Amazon). It can also function as a stationary stay-at-home grill by accessorizing it with an optional LP adapter hose for 20-lb. tanks Weber 6501 adapter hose which fits Weber Q series grills including Weber Baby Q, Weber Q 100, Weber Q 120, Weber Q, Weber Q 200, Weber Q 220

Weber 6501 Adapter Hose for Weber Q-Series and Gas Go-Anywhere Grills

Product description:

  • 6-foot flexible tank adapter hose
  • Attaches portable grill to a 20lb fuel tank
  • Connects to a Type 1 (791) cylinder; connects to a 20-lb. LP tank
  • Also fits Go-Anywhere gas grills

 

Weber 54060001 Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill 

The Weber Q-2200 Liquid Propane Grill was only slightly behind its little brother with five #1 rankings. It is a restyling of the Q-200.

This is the priciest portable grill in the roundup. That said, it does have many loyal fans who believe it’s well worth the cost. The Weber Q 2200 is a restyled and much-improved grill over its predecessor the Weber Q 220. The Q2200 has the same great performance and sleek styling but adds new functionality and aesthetics. For example, it includes a larger grip handle and larger control knobs. In addition, you will find ergonomic side handles, sturdy front and rear cradles, larger-sized fold-out side tables with greater rigidity.

Amazingly, it has one stainless steel burner that can produce 12,000 BTU-per-hour of energy to heat a 280 square-inch total cooking area and comes with a reliable electronic ignition. The tall lid accommodates the grilling of small roasts and birds. With its large built-in thermometer, you can easily monitor temperatures inside the grill.

With its split grates the ability is there to implement a grate/griddle cooking combination: Just replace one of the grates with a Q 2000-series Compatible Griddle and experience an alternative way to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner on your grill.

The Weber Q 2200 is ideal for use when camping and tailgating. But thanks to a design that offers both compact overall size and a large grilling surface, it can double as a stationary grill in your outdoor living space. The grill runs on disposable 16.4 oz. propane cylinder  (not included), but the Weber 6501 Adapter Hose for a 20lb LP tank is available as an accessory.

Q 2000-series Compatible Griddle

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now you can grill it. For example, make pancakes, eggs, and bacon right on your Weber Q gas grill. Made of porcelain-enameled cast-iron. Fits Weber Q 2000 grill. (Only one Original Griddle may be used at a time.)

Porcelain-enameled cast-iron
Easy to clean
The lip around the outer edge prevents spillover

Out of Carton Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.6 x .5 inches

Cuisinart CGG-059 Propane, Grillster 8,000 BTU Portable Gas Grill

If sleek design, high performance, and no-hassle cleaning are what you desire, then the Cuisinart Grillster portable gas grill is the perfect grill for you! The steel, hinged lid, and three-wall design create an exceptional, contained cooking area. And with temperatures reaching upwards of 600 Degree, you will have all the power you will need with this small portable grill.

Once you have finished cooking some of your favorite foods when at home, save time and energy by tossing the dishwasher-safe, enameled cooking grate in the dishwasher and let it do the work for you. While on the subject of saving time, it doesn’t get much easier than a 5-minute grill assembly with no tools required.

Combine all that with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty and the Cuisinart grillster portable gas grill is tough to beat.

Features:

  • 146 Sq. In. dishwasher safe enameled steel cooking grate|
  • Push-button ignition system|
  • 8 000 BTU burner
  • Weight; 10 Lbs
  • 3-year manufacture’s warranty
  • Works with 1lb propane canisters

Warranty

This warranty covers defects in parts and workmanship for a period of 3 years from the original
purchase date. Any damage claim regarding the enameling must be submitted within 30 days of
purchase to be covered by the warranty. Also, the warranty is non-transferable.

Cuisinart Petite Gourmet

The Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand integrated adjustable telescoping base provides great grilled flavor whether when camping or using the grill at home. This compact, high-performance grill’s small format can be put almost anywhere for ultimate convenience. And although the grill is compact, its ample cooking grate is large enough to cook most family meals – 8 steaks, 8 hamburgers, 6 – 10 chicken breasts, or over 4 Lbs of fish.

The grill heats up very quickly and uses far less gas than a full-sized grill. Best of all, with its great portability feature this grill can cook your meals wherever you go – the beach, the game, the campsite – or at home. The novel telescoping base quickly transforms from tabletop to floor stand use. It folds up in seconds and is integrated into the grill for added convenience.

Innovative culinary tools are a Cuisinart signature and the Petit Gourmet Portable Grill is no exception. The prestigious Cuisinart brand is not limited to their famous food processors, plugged or unplugged and nobody covers the modern chef like Cuisinart.

The grill lid latch, generous carry handle, and spill-resistant drip tray enhance its portability. As you may know, Cuisinart is a full-service culinary resource with a wide array of products, preferred by chefs and favored by consumers. So, now you can take the world famous Cuisinart brand to your patio, lawn, tailgate, or campsite with their comprehensive line of Cuisinart outdoor grilling products available now on Amazon.

Features:

  • 5500 BTU
  • 145 square inch grilling surface
  • VersaStand™ integrated telescoping base
  • Porcelain enamel coated grill grate
  • Lid latch
  • Weight: 13.5 Lbs
  • Spill-resistant drip tray

Warranty

This warranty covers defects in parts and workmanship for a period of 3 years from the original
purchase date. Any damage claim regarding the enameling must be submitted within 30 days of
purchase to be covered by the warranty. Also, the warranty is non-transferable.

Wrap Up

But, IF you can afford to buy a million-dollar-plus rig you probably won’t need a portable grill. These high-end RVs are loaded with spacious gourmet kitchens. They also have built-in outdoor preparation areas that eliminate the need for a portable grill.  Luxury RV: 7 You Should Check Out Offerings from These Premier Manufactures: Marchi, Furrion, Liberty Coach, Prevost, Earthroamer, Renegade, and Newmar

So there you have it. The 6 top-rated portable grills for RV’ing in 2020-2021 and beyond. Wherever your travels take you this summer, we wish you happy trails and Bon Appetite!

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Chip and Evi

There is no denying that RV travel is more popular today than it has ever been. With more than 485 locations, KOA reported that in 2020, there were more than 94.5 million camper households throughout North America. In the US, 48.2 million households camped at least once in 2020, including 10.1 million households that camped for the first time. Campers are more diverse than ever, with 60% of first-time campers in 2020 are from non-white groups, the highest rate since the inception of this report.
According to a Market Watch article published June 11, 2021, in an RVIA newsletter, RVing was hot in 2020. For example, well-known RV rental company Outdoorsy saw a 4,500% increase in bookings in 2020. And in 2021, there is reason to believe that this trend will continue. A recent survey by the RV Industry Association found that about three in 10 Americans hope to take an RV trip this year — 10% of whom have never done it before.
My wife Evi and I are in the 3 in 10 that plans to take an RV trip in 2021. As a matter of fact, since May 2021, we have been living in our RV full-time. We plan to live in our unit until the end of the year and then move into our permanent home. But, rest assured we will continue to take frequent trips in our motorhome.
With Covid 19 still in an issue in 2021, there is reason to believe travelers will want to venture out with family and close friends again. After all, there are over 4300 campgrounds in the USA to consider for your next group adventure.

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