How about a grill on the hitch?

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Interesting thing came across the local startups list: https://hitchfire.com/

I'm not sure how practical it is, but it gives a new meaning to tailgate party. Kinda like the design Tesla showed, but tons simpler.

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These things were on sale at my local truck accessories store a decade ago.

The marketing implied that it was for college football tailgating crowd.

I'm not a member of that crowd (I don't enjoy sports), but I can see why they could he a good fit for that application. But it would really depend on how you set up your tailgate party.

I personally wouldn't invest in a startup that is marketing to tailgaters. It's a mature market and it's already being served. A quick glance at the website doesn't suggest they're doing anything different than the existing hitch-mounted truck-accessory companies who already fully serve this market. But maybe I missed something.
 
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Like Luke42 said, this idea had been around for a long time but... I've never seen such a clean execution. For me, there are a lot of I've-never-been around trucks but I want to do then with a CyberTruck. Maybe @Luke42 you'll become a BBQ at the park kind of person. I know I'd much rather use this then the state park BBQs which are garbage.

Head to the beach or park early in the morning, play some sports then have some bacon and eggs fresh off the grill, oh yeah!
 

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Like Luke42 said, this idea had been around for a long time but... I've never seen such a clean execution. For me, there are a lot of I've-never-been around trucks but I want to do then with a CyberTruck. Maybe @Luke42 you'll become a BBQ at the park kind of person. I know I'd much rather use this then the state park BBQs which are garbage.

Head to the beach or park early in the morning, play some sports then have some bacon and eggs fresh off the grill, oh yeah!
I carry a propane griddle in my travel-trailer for those purposes, and I can move it into the truck if I need to. This setup works better for my purposes than a hitch-mounted grill.

A hotplate powered off of the truck's inverter would be more my style, though. Simple, easy, and lives in a weatherproof box that I can set up in a few minutes. I'd like to cook freshly caught panfish in butter.

There are a lot of solutions to the problem of cooking outdoors, and the hitch-mounted grills come with some real tradeoffs. One of the tradeoffs is that you can't use the hitch to haul a travel trailer.

Hitch-mounted grills are great for some niche applications. I'm just reluctant to apply the "startup" term to them, since they're a new entrant competing for market share in a mature niche market. I'd characterize that as a small business. I do hope Hitch Fire sells a hitch-mounted grill to everyone who wants one!
 

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Filed under interesting, but not for me.

Things that are mounted on the hitch:
  • Cause drag which impacts range.
  • Makes it more difficult to get into the vault.
  • Prevents me from using the hitch receiver for other things.
  • Interfere with the reversing camera and sensors
One of my goals with the truck is to minimize the amount of time I have to deal with hitch mounted stuff for my bikes. Not a lot of chance I'm going to replace it with something else which introduces the same issues!

Also, for way less than $550 you can buy a really nice grill with legs which will tuck into the under-vault storage and is completely invisible until you need it.

One other thing. While it's super convenient to move it while it's mounted on the hitch, the rotating arm is going to more than double the weight and make it much bulkier and harder to store when you aren't using it.
 

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When I was in welding school back in the early 80's we had some welders from the oilfields that had came in to learn some specialty welding techniques.
The had some amazing mobile welding rigs with built in grills and places to store coolers and other gear.
One guy had front and rear bumpers made of 6 inch pipe. The rear bumper was an air tank and the front one held a mix of water and anti-freeze.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention.
 

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If users want to save time and effort with a hitch mount grill, how many users do you think will leave the propane tank in place when driving?

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Also how smoky / bad smelling / greasy will the interior of your car (and especially the tailgate in this photos case) be after grilling???
 

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LOL Expecting Crissa hawking the latest Tesla S.S. CT appliance accessory
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Kinda disappointed with the hibachi idea. This S.S. one above at least folds down to fit in back of pickup big enough for a Texas Tailgater
 
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