Coleman Road Trip LXE Portable Grill
The Coleman Road Trip LXE is the perfect portable grill set up for camping and tailgating! Coleman did their homework with the design of the LXE with its built-in handle and wheels which double as a stand when in use. Additionally, the sliding side tables mean you don’t need to take up precious table space like other grills. When set up, the Road Trip LXE is a stand-alone grilling solution.
One major factor when looking for a portable grill is…you guessed it, “portability.” How much room does it take up when stored? How do you get it from your trunk or RV storage to your grilling location of choice? And, how easy is it to set up when you get it there? These are all great question when looking into purchasing a new grill. The LXE answers all of these questions with a compact design measuring 33.8 x 13.5 x 19.1 inches, and a built-in handle and wheels. Though it weighs just over 50 pounds, the wheels make it easy to transport from vehicle to grilling location.
One thing to note, although it has wheels, it doesn’t mean it has the “off-road” package if you will. Pulling this through rough terrain isn’t as easy as pavement obviously. Just something to keep in mind when heading to the beach or boondocking in the woods somewhere.
The amount of actual cooking space is also a significant factor when choosing a grill. The amount of space needed depends largely on the number of people you are cooking for, and how many food items you are cooking at once. The Road Trip LXE has a surface area of 285 sq inches, which allows for several burgers, dogs, and the like to be cooked at once. This is assuming of course that you are using both grilling grates. If you substitute one of the grates for another option like the griddle or stove grate you lose some of your grilling surface. I know that was a “Captain Obvious” statement, but essential to keep in mind when sorting out of the LXE will work for your cooking style.
This is the bang for your buck category. When camping or tailgating, storage space is usually at a premium, so having a bunch of “uni-taskers” isn’t ideal. Having a grill like the Road Trip LXE helps in this area. Granted, a lot of the versatility with the LXE comes in the form of additional purchases; it isn’t unlike other module grills on the market like the Camp Chef Explorer in that regard. Adding in the griddle or stove grate allows you to flex your culinary muscles and prepare various dishes, unlike a standard “one trick pony” type grill.
Additionally, if you don’t want to be locked in using the disposable tanks and want to connect it to a 20lb propane tank, that is an option as well using a hose adapter. There are ways to connect it to your RV’s propane as well if you so desire.
Lastly, we like the slide out tables on the side along with the build in stand of the LXE. Extra surface area means you don’t need to take up space on the picknick table with the grill or your prep items, leaving room actually to eat.
A few items of note with the Coleman Road Trip LXE that one should know before parting with their hard earned money. There are some issues with the quality of the construction. There have been several complaints about the burners being too close to the cooking surface which leads to scorched food. Also, some folks find the clasp which holds the grill closed can break or pop loose during transport. Lastly, if you like using a thermometer on your grill you are out of luck. The LXE doesn’t have one. If, however, you love the design of the LXE but want a thermometer, look into the Coleman NXT Grill.