Cooking in a small RV kitchen is totally possible. But why do it if you can grill outside?
There is just something relaxing and fun about grilling at the RV park. I know a lot of other full-time RVers say they hardly ever grill outside. But I think that is crazy. We do it all the time!
Seriously, it could be raining and I will ask Ed to fire up the grill for some chicken legs.
And as an RV grill type of lady, I’ve gathered up some information on the best grills for RVing and camping. You’re welcome.
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Best Portable Grill for RVing Under $100
This makes the list for it’s ease of use and price! In other words, it’s cheap and even the dimmest of campers can use it.
Usually only about $30, this Weber is a steal for all you folks out there who love to grill outside while camping, but hate to spend any money to make life convenient. #yourstruly
Honestly, this grill is perfect for a small family or couple renting an RV for a trip, or weekend warriors that only go RVing a few days at a time. If you’re a full-timer like me, or camp often, pony up the dough and get something nicer.
This grill is simple; it is easy to carry and store. At 14 inches wide, it can feed around 4 people who don’t like to eat.
It’s charcoal for Pete’s sake, It’s gonna be messy and annoying to clean up after. There are also no handles.
Seriously Weber? You couldn’t splurge on some handles so your consumers can move this thing a little easier?
This is the first grill we bought when we started RVing. It was super light weight and easy on the wallet. For $30 at Lowe’s with a $5 replacement plan, this grill is a small but great investment for campers.
We used ours at 2-4 times a week for almost a year before it crapped out. It really was an awesome little grill for camping as a small family.
I love this grill because it can sit right on the picnic table of your RV site and has handles when you need to move it.
It’s also a propane grill which means you don’t have to deal with messy charcoal, and you can buy little 1-liter propane tanks at Walmart or any big-box store. And bonus points! It fits very nicely in most RV outside storage bays.
It will eventually give out and you will have to replace. That said, it may last longer than you think!
Side note: I would not recommend this grill for RVing with a large family.
Best Overall Grill for RVing
This grill’s name is the “Road Trip.” The people at Coleman sure know how to market, right?
If you’re looking for a really sturdy and durable grill, this is the one for you. It has a built-in stand, wheels, and is very easy to assemble. It has a large cooking surface, so you can cook your whole meal on this grill or just a lot of hamburgers to store for snacking at a later date.
What?! Nobody else like cold hamburgers for breakfast! Come on!
This bad boy is heavy. Seriously.
It weighs a little over 50 lbs. But some could argue this is a plus, as it’s not easily knocked over. This is great for when Uncle Jimmy comes stumbling over to your site asking for a “dog.”
Another thing this grill messed up on is the missing temperature gauge. If you get this unit, you’ll have to buy an external one if you want to know exactly how hot the grill is getting.
Or you know, just guess like the rest of us.
By far, this is the grill I see most people using at the campground or RV park. In especially perfect weather, I’ll see one at every turn during my evening walk; no kidding! Averaging a $170 price tag, it seems to be the absolute best grill for camping!
Like the Coleman, this RV grill is durable! But even better, it is lightweight and portable for most RVers.
Except Mrs. Dorothy from site 68. You see her picking this up and ya better start running to help. She’s old and fragile.
It comes fully-assembled out of the box, and has a push button ignition. Also, with an RV adapter hose, you can hook it right up to your RV propane! #thegoodlife
The stand is sold separately and there are no side shelves.
Best grills for RVing in the backwoods
If you haven’t seen one of these bad boys, you’re missing out. They are super cool.
Dubbed the ultimate cooking experience, this grill is perfect for backwoods camping. It really does it all, meaning you can create your whole meal outside, just like a real woodsman.
It’s very durable and can do a ton of crap you never knew you were missing out on.
It not only grills, but also boasts the ability to roast, smoke, and bake! It comes with a lifetime guarantee and is available in many different sizes. This makes it the perfect camping grill because you can pick the size that fits your rig the best!
Because of its durability, the egg can be heavy. This can be a problem when considering it for your RV trip, as you need to be aware of how much weight you are towing.
Alright, guys. If you’re deep in the woods or at an especially isolated campground, you’ve really got to do yourself a favor and have a true campfire. It’s the perfect way to experience an authentic RVing-in-the-woods experience.
Creating a fire is a fun. Just ask a pyromaniac.
You can get everyone involved by finding firewood and tending to the fire as it burns. There are also really fun recipes you can try that will have a unique campfire flavor.
And of course, the best part of grilling on the campfire is s’mores. If you’re really looking to rock the campfire, try these unique and fun s’mores recipes.
Obviously a campfire can suck sometimes. The smoke will never get out of your clothes and your RV will smell for days. And if you have little ones, they could trip into the fire when you’re staring at your cell phone instead of spending quality time with your kids like you said you were going to do.
But hell, give it a go! Live a little, would ya?!
Which RV grill do you have?
And what’s your favorite RV recipe? Let me know in the comments, would ya?
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