• Custom Tailgate Grills

    Custom Tailgating Grills are now available. Use the Contact page to request a quote.

    We thought they were dead. We even wrote a eulogy years ago commemorating the run and subsequent death of the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill and the Freedom Grill FG-50. Despite its discontinuation, we would get weekly calls and emails asking about this grill and if we still can customize them to team colors and logos. We had to tell people we could no longer find the grills and could not offer customization anymore.

    But all that has changed with a recent discovery.

    We discovered a small batch of Freedom Grill FG-50s that we can customize. If you are a long time reader of Tailgating Ideas, you may recall we would paint and customize these grills to the exact color and logo of (mostly college football and NFL) teams for a fee. This service sprouted after publishing this video:

    Although the video was a step-by-step DIY tutorial, many people asked us to customize a grill for them in their team’s colors and logo. We obliged (for a fee, of course) and customized an estimated 100 grills in a few years time.

    But once these grills were no longer being sold and became more and more scarce, we had to cease offering customization. If there is no canvas, Rembrandt can’t paint. No more grills being sold, we were no longer able to customize a grill.

    We alluded that we discovered a small stash of these Freedom Grill FG-50s and can now offer customization again. These grills offer the swing arm and the grill itself and will arrive customized in your team’s colors and logo. You can choose any color scheme you prefer. Please find a small sample of previous grills we had customized before the grills became scarce.

    The examples above are what we consider to be simple, two color and a logo customized tailgating grills. We can also do some interesting work on grills but as the difficulty rises, so does the price. Here are a few examples of other grills we have done that required more time and expertise to customize.

    All grills are uniquely customized to your specifications and color scheme. Kansas City Chiefs fan and want more red than yellow? No problem. Want the swing arm to be two-toned, yellow on top and red on the bottom? No problem. Want the tilt-out condiment tray to look like the state of Maryland’s flag? Well…, it’s not a problem but will take a lot of time and cost you a bunch extra.

    If you are interested in getting your own custom tailgate grill before football season starts, we suggest requesting a quote sooner than later. Also, please be sitting down when you open the email with the price quote. Because these grills are in such high demand and there are so few left, the classic supply and demand pricing will come into play. Also, there is a 4-6 week lead time on these grills in order to get them in, customized and shipped to wherever you might be.

    Don’t forget to use the Contact form and include the details of what type of grill, color scheme you want. Include your zip code so we can estimate the shipping costs in order to estimate a complete “out the door” price quote.

  • The Six-Pack of Best Tailgating Trucks for the 2017 Football Season

    If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you already can’t wait for Game of Thrones Season 7 to start this Sunday, July 16th. If you are a tailgating fanatic, you probably can’t wait for the official start of Tailgating Season to open when college and NFL football starts back up.

    The 2017 NFL season starts in less than 60 days but with pre-season games kicking-off in August, most of you will not wait for the regular season to dust off those grills, fill those coolers and head to the tailgating parking lots. But how you get there might be a better question. Maybe that tired, old ride you have been driving to the stadium could use an upgrade or replacing?

    We took a close look at the 2017 trucks and compiled a six-pack of the best trucks you can bring to the stadium that are “Tailgate Approved” by those of us at Tailgating Ideas. Tailgating with a pick-up truck is as natural as putting BBQ sauce on your ribs. Where do you think the term “tailgating” originated? We researched many of these vehicles using CarsDirect to find the best features and add-ons that will make you the king of the parking lot even if all it took was getting a new tailgating truck.

    6. GMC Sierra 2500 Denali

    2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD

    For those tailgaters that prefer a diesel over gas burners, the GMC Sierra Denali is what you have been asking for. All the creature comforts you would expect from a luxury truck with a few additions. The center console has a 110 Volt outlet so you can bring appliances from your kitchen. Just bring an extension cord if you want to run them at the back of your tailgate space. This tailgating vehicle is all about the comfort on the way to the stadium and is ideal for those tailgaters that may be driving for 45 minutes or longer to get to your tailgate party. The improved gas mileage you get from a clean-burning diesel is a major selling point. Heated and ventilated, perforated leather-appointed front seats along with heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel comes standard for those tailgates in extreme weather.

    The ride to the stadium doesn’t feel like you are in a truck due to the triple door seals that help block outside noise, the aerodynamic exterior mirrors that help reduce wind noise and the hydraulic body and engine mounts help reduce vibration. No need to blast your tailgate playlist during the ride there to drown out the outside noises. The rear bumper with foot holes make getting all of your gear in and out of the truck bed a breeze.

    Shop for the GMC Sierra 2500 Denali at CarsDirect.

    5. 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro

    2017 Tacoma TRD Pro
    The Tacoma TRD Pro has all the bells and whistles you might expect from a top of the line truck but there are some features that will appeal to the hard-core tailgater. There’s an electrical outlet right in the bed so you don’t have to remember to bring the extension cord or a generator. The Tacoma also has a locking tailgate that comes standard — a relative rarity nowadays. That makes the Tacoma the ideal candidate for any number of covers and caps to keep prying eyes — and hands — away from your tailgating gear. Also, it comes available from the factory with a tri-folding bed cover to make sure your gear is safe and secure while inside the game.

    Shop for the Toyota Tacoma at CarsDirect.

    4. Chevrolet Silverado with High Desert Package

    Chevy Silverado High Desert

    The High Desert edition is a special edition of Chevy Silverado trucks that will appeal most to tailgaters. The all-new lockable, water-resistant storage unit helps protect cargo from extreme elements and can be used like a cooler. The three piece removable Tonneau Cover keeps your tailgating gear locked up while inside the game while you can save some money on gas with the available EcoTec3 6.2L V8 engine. Use the tow hitch receiver to watch early football games off your Tailgate TV Stand (not available from the dealer and sold separately) or any other Tow Hitch Accessories that will help separate your tailgate from the rest.

    Shop for the Chevy Silverado 2500 at CarsDirect.

    3. Ford F-150 Raptor

    Ford Raptor

    If there ever was a truck that just looks badass, it’s the Ford Raptor. If you think you are a badass tailgater, you need to look the part. Outside of the exterior look of this truck, it has all the bells and whistles you could ask for in a tailgating truck. The SuperCrew cab can seat 5 adults comfortably and if you add on the Tailgate Step with Tailgate Assist, it helps you easily load and unload your tents, chairs, coolers, grills and anything else you will want to bring for tailgating. It also comes with a ton of power ports including USB ports and even 110 outlets for devices that plug directly into the wall at home. Get a bed liner for the inevitable spills and a locking cover to secure all your gear for when it is time to head into the game.

    Shop for the Ford F-150 Raptor at CarsDirect.

    2. Ram 1500 with “RamBoxes”

    Ram 1500

    The Ram 1500 is a great truck for tailgating on it’s own but these new RamBoxes make it ideal. With the introduction of these Ram Boxes, Ram has taken tailgating to another level. RamBoxes are essential for tailgating.

    Ram Boxes

    Ram Boxes in your truck could replace your cooler

    The optional RamBoxes are a cargo management system embedded into the truck bed sides above the rear wheels. These boxes are LED lit, lockable and drainable and incorporated into the side rails of your truck bed. Anyone else immediately think your truck could replace your old vehicle AND that ratty old cooler all at once? Me too. Upon showing my nine-year old son the above picture, he remarked, “Whoever thought of those must be a regular tailgater and a genius!”. Sometimes a kid’s perspective is all you need.

    The bed extender has three functional positions – storage position, divider position and bed extender position. Place it in the storage position at the front of the bed to maximize the bed’s cargo area. The extended position allows tailgaters to expand their load capacity 15 inches beyond the truck bed for longer gear that just doesn’t quite fit. The divider position allows you to place the bed extender anywhere in the truck bed to keep items secured and prevent them from sliding around when your bed is not fully loaded.

    Shop for the Ram 1500 at CarsDirect.

    1. Honda Ridgeline

    2017 Honda Ridgeline

    Despite tailgating being a uniquely American past time, it doesn’t mean a Japanese auto maker can’t roll out a tailgating vehicle with the tailgater in mind.

    Honda Ridgeline bed features

    The main reasons why you should consider the Honda Ridgeline are all in the truck bed where most of your tailgate party will take place. The tailgate tilts down in a traditional fashion but also can unlatch and swing away like a door. This makes for much easier unloading and loading your truck bed with tailgating gear since you don’t have to lean over an extended tailgate . Also, the sunken cargo area underneath the bed can carry more tailgating gear or can replace your traditional cooler. Load it up with ice and drinks and it even has a drain plug to let the melted ice drip away.

    Honda Ridgeline Bed Cargo

    More accessories for tailgating on the Ridgeline include a 400 Watt inverter for all kinds of electronics. The 400 watt inverter is powerful enough to power a large flat screen TV which those wimpy 100 or 180 watts outlets you might find inside the passenger compartment can not. This 400 watt inverter is enough to power a big screen TV for several hours before you need to switch on the engine. If the battery runs low, AC power cuts out so you’ll be able to start the engine and get home after the game. It should be noted 400 watts is also enough to run a blender if your guests prefer frozen margaritas. If your tailgates tend to get people up and shaking dat ass, the Ridgeline has an integrated audio system in the walls of the truck bed. That’s right, the Ridgeline’s truck bed is a speaker system too.

    The speakers, more correctly called exciters or transducers, are embedded two each in the left, right, and cab-facing walls. The transducers move the bed walls in and out, more or less like the cab’s audio speakers, except here the speaker cone material also has to withstand inclement weather and an occasional beer spray from your buddy doing his patented inverted, upside down, shirtless Beer Bong. The six exciters produce 540 watts of audio and are controlled from the cab. It’s likely that if the audio doesn’t match Honda premium audio in the cab, after a couple beers the sound will be more than adequate.

    Shop for new or used Honda Ridgelines at CarsDirect.

    That’s the Six-Pack of the Best Tailgating Trucks for the 2017 Tailgating Season. Stay tuned because next week, we will publish the Six-Pack of the Best Tailgating SUVs for the 2017 Tailgating Season.

    If your favorite tailgating truck did not make our list, leave a comment below and tell us about the truck you think should have made our list.

    CarsDirect.com

  • RevaBlend – A Non-Electric Portable Blender

    Who doesn’t enjoy a blended margarita while tailgating? If you want to attract the ladies to your tailgating spot, slushy, blender drinks is a sure-fire way to bring them over. But blended margaritas and daiquiris are hard to make unless you steal the blender from your kitchen and have a power source. RevaBlend has now fixed that age old problem and you can make blender drinks or mix up anything without electricity.

    Simply put, the RevaBlend is a non-electric portable blender with stainless steel blades. No electricity or batteries are required to operate the RevaBland.

    RevaBlend features premium, food-grade quality stainless steel blades, a patented blade system that is connected to the spinning rubber base, which will allow up to 3000 revolutions per minute when rolled along a clean, dry surface at a 30-degree angle. This is the ideal speed for blending fruit smoothies, ice cream shakes, omelets, salad dressings, salsas, meat marinades, etc.

    Shakes and smoothies are well and good for those hitting the gym. We wanted to see if the RevaBlend can make a margarita. We decided to see if it could and put together this demo video.

    As you saw in the video, in order to crush ice to make a nice blended margarita, you need to give it a bit more elbow grease than if you were mixing up an omelette.

    After testing the RevaBlend at home, the RevaBlend is “Tailgate Approved”. We would suggest practicing using the RevaBlend at home in order to get used to rolling the bottom of the unit on a flat, dry surface at a 30 degree angle. This allows for the proper angle for the stainless steel bladed to grab the contents and chop/blend them. An extra added benefit of practicing at home is you get to drink your “mistakes”. After all, you need to make a few mistakes before you can perfect your technique for the parking lot.

    Available in black, blue, lime green, orange, red and purple, the RevaBlend features a flip top lid making drinking straight from the bottle mess free or the lid can twist off for easy pouring.

    The RevaBlend is available for purchase through Amazon for $21.99 or for $24.99 if you purchase directly from revablend.com.

  • Bierstick: A lesson in bad business

    Back in 2008, we discovered the Bierstick. Simply put, it was a beer bong alternative that was a giant syringe that delivers two beers rapidly by depressing the plunger at the back end. A new and unique way to pound beers in the tailgating parking lot that didn’t rely on gravity. Pretty cool product… or so we thought.

    We reached out to the Bierstick people and requested a sample so that we could test it out and write a proper and thorough review. All of our emails were either ignored or rebuffed. Apparently the creators had built such an awesome product, they didn’t need any more publicity.

    In December 2014, we received this email:

    We recently became the new and proud owners of a unique beer drinking device, the Bierstick! This is a new product that we would like to offer to you at a wholesale price. Our prices are currently low until we establish a good name with our customers.This device sells for $43 on our website. Sell it in your store for whatever you think is best. The Bierstick team is hoping to create a long lasting relationship with you and we look forward to doing business. We see you have novelty items like ours on your site and we feel like this could potentially help the both of us.

    Apparently the “search” button on our website was not prominent and hard to find because had these new owners bothered to click it and enter in the term “bierstick” they would have learned we discovered their product six years prior. Despite that glaring oversight, we opened up an email conversation. I requested a sample of the Bierstick so we could thoroughly test it in a tailgating environment. Their reply:

    Ya we can do that, we can do 19$ free shipping does that work? Where do I send the invoice via paypal?

    We are the young new owners with different business ideas for the BierStick. Quick responses, good quality, professional business.

    Thanks

    Seeing how these new owners are self-admittedly “young new owners with different business ideas” I politely explained to these new owners that Tailgating Ideas is not in the business of buying products just to see if they will be a good fit, are made well, will sell to our audience, etc. Their reply to my email was an admission of their naiveté to the business world and they offered to send a sample gratis.

    Upon receipt, we did a review and a video review that we uploaded to YouTube:

    (We have since edited the video to update viewers on the business relationship that has gone sour.)

    We liked the product and thought it might be good to offer the Bierstick for sale in our online store. We priced it at just under $30 which is lower than most retailers would price a product. Normally, retailers will price a product for double their landed costs. (Landed costs include cost of the product, freight, etc.) Priced at $19 per unit we would need to price the product at nearly $40 even if Bierstick folks picked up the shipping. They didn’t and we paid for the units to arrive via our own FedEx account.

    In addition to offering the Bierstick in our online store, we took them to outdoor street fairs and open air marketplaces and tried to sell them there. Of the 10 initial units we purchased, we sold three or four in a year. Not the stellar product that was supposed to fly off the shelves as the new, young owners had promised.

    Because the sales of the Bierstick had been so underwhelming for so long, we decided to try and sell the remaining units on Amazon. The thought process was to just liquidate the Bierstick from our inventory. Cut our losses and move on and treat it as a learning lesson.

    The Bierstick product was up and available for sale on Amazon for 24 hours before we received this email:

    Hi,

    We are the owners of the Bierstick and do not give any consent to sell the Bierstick product on Amazon. A few weeks ago we contacted Amazon and stopped all other sellers from listing our product. A few of them got there accounts suspended. We would like to contact you before we do this and give you a chance to take down your listing. Please do this ASAP and let us know. Just would like to give you a heads up before we move to Amazon for further action. We will do this in 48 hrs.

    Thanks for your compliance

    Nothing like coming out of the gate with claws and fangs. Not the way we would have opened up a business conversation but they are free to run their business the way they want. Our response:

    This is Dave from Tailgating Ideas. I purchased these Bierstick units a few years back. I purchased a quantity of them and they have not sold very well. We have tried selling them in our online store and at open air marketplaces like street festivals and swap meets. The Biersticks we have still inventory have not sold in over a year. We were using Amazon to liquidate the inventory and recover some revenue that is tied up in inventory that has not and does not sell.

    If you would like to buy back our remaining inventory we would be happy to do that. We would like to continue to sell these remaining units in the Amazon marketplace to clearance these items and clear the inventory. Thank you for your understanding.

    Apparently reasonable and professional responses are not part of the Bierstick team’s business plan. They quickly responded with:

    Sorry we can’t take the Biersticks back. We sold them to you with the intention that you were going to sell them on your own website. We have amazon contacting us when someone new comes on Amazon and asks if we would like to kick them off. We can’t allow people to be on Amazon. So we will have no choice but to send a dispute against you through Amazon. I don’t want to do that so please just remove your listing. You can continue to sell any other place but amazon. Or we will buy them back at 3.00 each

    Buy back our remaining inventory for $3 a unit? We paid $19 plus the freight to have them shipped to us. We can only assume we will be the ones picking up the shipping costs to ship the remaining Biersticks they are willing to buy back at $0.16 on the dollar. How gracious of the Bierstick team!

    We have since removed the Bierstick listing from Amazon in order to be in compliance. But in an effort to rid ourselves of these remaining Biersticks, we are now discounting them 50% off the regular price. That’s right, we are now selling them for below what we paid for them.

    Visit the Bierstick product page and use coupon code: BIERSTICK at check out and take 50% OFF the Bierstick.

    Best of luck to the guys over at Bierstick. We hope you sell a truckload of these on Amazon. We only wanted to sell the remaining stock we had on our shelves. Instead of looking the other way and letting us get rid of the Bierstick you chose a different route.