When Kellie and I first started camping, some 25+ years ago, we would load up the Geo Tracker with our tent and the dog and hit the road. We had our favorite camping spot. We called it Lamar’s. It was located in Bend, Texas along the Colorado River, just down the road from Barefoot RV Park and Campground. This place was amazing. There were no amenities other than what you could bring with you. It was pure, raw camping.
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We would use a campfire cooking grate to cook over an open fire and shower under a tree with a portable shower that we hung from a branch. Those were some of the best camping trips we have ever had. It was just us two, a dog, and nature. Those were the days.
As we grew a little older and the tent began to become more and ore uncomfortable, we upgraded to our very first RV. A 1999 Hi-Lo Classic. We found out that we could carry more with us and enjoy a bit more comfortable camping experience. There was only one problem, the portable grill we had wouldn’t fit in the RV basement storage and loading it up in the back of the truck was out of the question. We had our Blue Boy, folding tables, camping chairs, and ice chests back there. When we got our Kodiak with pass through storage, I searched and found the perfect portable RV grill for us. The Star Wide Go Bus Grill. Unfortunately these are no longer being sold. That’s why we put together a list of 5 Great Portable RV Grills.
Portable RV Grills
Kellie and I have had several folks ask us where we got our bus grill. So I wanted to find a suitable alternative for the Star Wide Go. A grill that would be easy to set up and would easily fit into an RV pass through storage compartment was the main criteria for the list.
This portable RV grill will easily fir into an RV basement storage. Total dimensions are roughly 29″ X 18.5″ X 14″ and weighs in at 35 pounds. And produces up to 11,000 BTUs of cooking power. I appreciate the fold up style with wheels to roll it where you need it. The cast iron grill grates can also be swapped out with a griddle grate or stove grate.
- Easy To Store
- Interchangeable Grates
- Fold Up And Roll Capability
- Additional Grates Sold Separately
- Need To Add Water In Bottom Tray
This Coleman Gas Grill is perfect for the campsite. It doesn’t have the collapse and roll capability but it has plenty of cooking surface. It’s compact size makes it easy to store in any RV. The total dimensions are 28.81″ X 18.31″ X 10.63″ and it weighs in at 25.5 pounds. Like the Coleman 225 above, this grill produces up to 11,000 BTUs of cooking power.
- Compact Size
- Push Button Ignition
- Optional Griddle
- Optional Griddle Sold Separately
- Lid Does Not Latch/Awkward To Carry
This Pit Boss makes a great table top grill for RV camping. The stainless steel design makes cleanup a breeze. It operates using a one pound propane bottle found in any camping section of your local big box store. This unit’s dimensions are approximately 23″ X 16.25″ X 12.6″ and weighs in at 20 pounds. The cooking power is slightly less than the previous models above at 10,000 BTUs.
- Foldable Legs
- Regulator Included
- Latching Lid For Easy Carrying
- Sharp Edges
- Hard To Control Heat
If you prefer a more traditional charcoal grill, this Weber fits the bill. I have used charcoal grills most of my adult life. I actually have a larger 22″ Kettle Grill for our house. This table top grill is compact and easy to carry with it’s lockable handle. It measures 19.75″ X 20.5″ X 19.75″ which makes it small enough to carry in your RV. It is also lightweight at just 18 pounds.
- Reputable Brand Name
- Less Expensive Than Propane Equivalent
- Easily Control Temperature
- Ash Cleanup
- Customers Experienced Missing Hardware For Assembly
- Will Rust If Enamel Is Chipped
Kellie and I have had a couple of different portable RV grills over the years. We used to have one just like this Go Anywhere Grill and we loved it. It fit perfectly anywhere we needed to pack it. If you are looking for a simple compact charcoal grill, you can’t go wrong with this Weber. One of the best features is the foldable legs that lock over the lid making it super easy to carry. It measures out at 12″ X 21″ X 14.5″ and only weighs 13.5 pounds.
- Easy To Carry
- Stores Anywhere
- Lids Locks Down With Foldable Legs
- Shallow Area For Coals
- Cooking Surface Not Big Enough For Large Family
CONCLUSION FOR PORTABLE RV GRILLS
One of my favorite things to do while camping is cooking on the grill. It keeps the RV from heating up and for some reason the food just tastes better. The main reason for all of us going camping is to build lifelong memories with our families. Sitting down around a table for lunch or dinner is a great way to catch up and actually enjoy each other’s company.
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