Use your RV’s propane tank to fuel your gas barbecue

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By Bob Difley
If you’re tired of having to buy those expensive propane canisters to operate your gas barbecue, and running out half-way through the campground potluck, then this adaption is just for you.

A gas connect kit, which comes with the fittings to connect to your rig’s propane tank, can fuel your barbecue right from your larger tank.

The cost of propane used will be cheaper than the canisters, and with the Quick Connect fitting it can be hooked up in seconds. You can leave it connected while you are camped and only need to pack it away when you move on.

Since I barbecue right next to my rig I installed two book shelf brackets above my propane tank so when I cook, I slip the extensions into the brackets and place a shelf on top. Voila! A place for holding utensils, tools, condiments, barbecue sauce, etc., right at hand.

Kits can be found at Amazon.com, RV supply stores and propane outlets.

You can find Bob Difley’s e-books on Amazon Kindle.

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Steve S.

I tried to do this after my first couple of camping trips. After all, I’m hauling 40 pounds of propane, so why do I need to buy a bunch of 1 pound cans? I had the same problem as everyone else, with my grille not being able to get hot enough. When I was an active Scoutmaster in Boy Scouting we used 20 pound tanks with a ‘tree’ to provide fuel for our grilles, so why wouldn’t it work on my RV? After reading a LOT of posts, and getting no answer that worked I started tracing the propane from my grille back to the 20 pound tank. It went like this: Grille, grille regulator, hose, RV propane port, propane pipe, RV propane regulator, hose, propane tank. Did you notice the problem? I did. 2 (TWO) regulators. The propane coming off my RV propane port is a regulated flow. Then that goes into the regulator of the grille. In the Scouting example, it goes from the tank, to the tree, to the hose, to the regulator on the grille. So, what I did was add a ‘Y’ adapter to one of my 20 pound propane tanks (with a fuel gauge). One side of the Y goes to my RV regulator. The other side of the Y is to bypass the RV regulator, and then I got a long hose to connect to the regulator on the grille. Viola! It works perfectly now! Here is a link to the Y adapter on Amazon. https://amzn.to/2NZZ9z0
Here is the long hose I got from Amazon to go from the unregulated ‘Y’ to the regulator on the grille. https://amzn.to/37t39jB

Steve

My Toy Hauler came with a dedicated propane line for a propane grill (screw wikipedia, they are not right about much of anything). The one that came with the rig never got hot enough to more than warm a hot dog. I tried my Weber, still wouldn’t get hot enough to grill. I had a RV mech work on the system to use with the Weber. A hundred bucks later, still, not enough heat to grill meat. I gave up and use the disposable bottles. (I tried refilling them, but life is to short to save a few pennies.)

s/f Steve

Wayne

One caveat- be careful where the connection is made in relation to the pressure regulator on the tanks. Most BBQs have their own pressure regulator, so the gas connect kit should be installed prior to the PR for the RV. Running thru 2 pressure regulators can lead to issues.