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New Cargo Liner For Tailgating

Posted by Dave On August - 25 - 2009

Over the years I have acquired quite an arsenal of tailgating gear and toys. But with the start of each football season I always find more and more gear that can help me tailgate just a little bit better. Since I load up my SUV and take it tailgating I needed some cargo accessories to help protect my car. I recently picked up a cargo liner from TruckChamp.com and it arrived today.

The reason why I got a cargo liner is because things you take tailgating can often get dirty which in turn transfers to the inside of your SUV. In my case, I take a Lincoln Navigator tailgating primarily because I can use the 2″ tow hitch to carry my Freedom Grill FG-50 and for the extra cargo space it provides. I normally fold down the third row of seats so that I can also take along my cooler, portable generator, propane tanks, portable satellite dish, pop-up tent, Flabongo, folding chairs, beer pong table, etc. All that gear invariably gets dirty at sometime during the tailgate and I don’t want that dirt and grime getting all over the inside of my car. With a WeatherTech cargo liner I  don’t have to worry about that anymore.

I went with a WeatherTech cargo liner because it provides complete cargo area protection. They make a number of different styles and all are fit to the exact dimensions of your cargo area of your specific make and model of SUV. They are computer designed to fit your vehicle and have a raised lip to keep spills, dirt and grease off your vehicle’s interior. Sounds like they were making these things specifically for tailgaters with SUVs. Also, the WeatherTech cargo liner features a textured finish which helps to keep cargo from shifting on your way to the tailgating lot. One of the coolest things is that if it does get dirty, you just pull it out and wipe it down or hose it off for big messes. It is made from a proprietary custom blended TPO (thermopolyolefin) that is not only wear resistant, but also remains flexible under temperature extremes. Water won’t hurt it so you can hose it off and then let it sit out to dry.

If you are in the market to get cargo accessories prior to the start of football season, we have worked out a deal with the folks at TruckChamp.com to offer readers of TailgatingIdeas.com a 10% discount. Just enter in TAILIDEA10 during check out to receive your discount. Happy shopping.

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ETQ LPG 3500 watt portable generator About a month ago we introduced you to the Eastern Tools & Equipment IN 1800i Portable Generator; a light and portable generator designed for ease of transport and perfect for tailgating. Now we would like to introduce you to the Eastern Tools & Equipment LPG 3500 Portable Generator. The major differences between these two quality generators are that the ETQ LPG 3500 puts out almost double the wattage of the ETQ IN 1800i and is fuel by liquid propane gas. Yes, you read that correctly. The same propane that can fire up your tailgating grill is the same propane fuel that can power up your tailgating electronics. (Click on the image at left to see a more detailed view of the ETQ LPG 3500)

Earlier this summer when I was touring the Eastern Tools & Equipment Ontario Calif. facility, I had the opportunity to view the array of products they offer including power pumps, air compressors, power washers and a number of generators. When I saw the ETQ LPG 3500 I immediately thought of the convenience this generator would provide to tailgating community. Many of us would like to bring a generator with us tailgating but the extra hassle of having to get unleaded gasoline, filling a gas can, bringing it to the tailgating parking lot, filling the generator, etc., etc. can be a bit too much. With the ETQ LPG 3500 all you need to do is bring two propane tanks tailgating; one for your grill and the other for your generator, and you are good to go.

The connection from the generator to the propane tank is exactly the same as the one on your BBQ grill. With propane as your generator’s fuel of choice, there are no worries about the potential of gasoline splashing or spilling out of your gas can on the way to the game. Also, the exhaust from propane is much cleaner and less intrusive than the exhaust you may experience with a gasoline burning generator. Two other major benefits of the ETQ LPG 3500 is the higher wattage output and the increased run time. With a full propane tank you can expect to get about 13.5 hours of run time while running at 50 percent load. Perfect for those college football tailgaters that get to the tailgate lot at the crack of dawn for those night ESPN games.

I had the opportunity to test out the ETQ LPG 3500 in a mock tailgating situation. I chose to test it out using my home microwave because of the higher watt output the ETQ LPG 3500 can handle. Normally you don’t see microwave ovens in the tailgate parking because they normally demand too much electricity. I found out that with an ETQ LPG 3500 you don’t have to leave those high wattage appliances at home anymore.

For those of you that would like to know the down and dirty details and specifications on this portable propane generator, they are:

  • 3500 Watt starting with 3000 Watt continuous
  • 13.5 hours running time at 50% load
  • Propane generator creates LPG eco-friendly energy
  • ETQ’s Sine Power delivers clean and steady current ideal for sensitive electronics
  • ETQ’s Sine Power delivers clean electricity with low THD waveform
  • Engine Model – 170F
  • Engine Type – Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, 208cc 7HP OHV, air cooled
  • Engine Displacement – 208 cc
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 20 Pound Tank
  • Continuous Output – 3000 Watt; Surge – 3500 Watt
  • Rated Current @ 120 V – 25 Amp @ 120 Volts
  • Max Current @ 120 V – 29.17 Amp @ 120 Volts
  • Rated Current @ 240 V – 12.5 Amp @ 240 Volts
  • Max Current @ 240 V – 14.58 Amp @ 240 Volts
  • Noise Level @ 23 ft – 65 db
  • Dimensions – 23.3″ — 17″ — 17.5″
  • Weight – 103 lbs
  • Comes complete with a 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.

Tailgaters can get their own ETQ LPG 3500 portable generator in stores at Menards and Northern Tools + Equipment. If you prefer to shop online, you can pick up the ETQ LPG 3500 at Northern Tool + Equipment, The Home Depot, Amazon.com and Sam’s Club. The cheapest price we saw online was on Amazon or HomeDepot.com and both had the ETQ LPG 3500 priced at $399.

To learn more about the ETQ LPG 3500 or any of the other products Eastern Tools & Equipment manufactures, visit their official website, EasternTools.com.


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What do you get the tailgater that has everything? You get him the Iconic 100 from The ADI Group, the world’s largest portable LED screen. It comes in at a whopping 42 feet by 23.6 feet and 72,600 pounds. The picture quality? A solid 720P. It puts that wimpy 50″ flat screen you have to shame.

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So you’ll need a tractor trailer to haul it into the tailgating parking lot but look at it this way. You’ll definitely be able to watch your DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket in style.

You do want to be considered the most bad ass tailgater in the parking lot, right? Well, then step your game up and get one of these, wussy.

H/T: On205th / Iconic 100 HD LED Screen / Wired Gadget Lab / OhGizmo!

Flip Cup Championship Moving To Las Vegas

Posted by Dave On August - 18 - 2009

flip_cup_guys_logo.jpgRemember last year when we told you about the Flip Cup Guys and their sanctioning of the inaugural World’s Largest Flip Cup Tournament (WLFCT)? Well , they are back at it again, this year they are moving the tournament to none other than Las Vegas, Nevada. And not only will it be held in Sin City but the tournament will be held inside the Hooters Casino Hotel on October 11, 2009.

The second annual tournament will feature 64-teams consisting of six players playing in an NCAA March madness style bracket of eliminations. Six-person teams and spectators can sign-up at Flip Cup Guys. (Registration has only been open for three days and they already have 11 states represented in the tournament field.) Registration fees are $30 per player or $25 per spectator and include entry to the tournament, a 3-hour open beer bar and free game play beer. Take a look at last year’s tournament held in New York City,

WLFCT’s grand prize is a 7-night Spring Break Package to Negril, Jamaica, courtesy of Sun Splash Tours. The Spring Break Jamaica trip will include 7 nights of hotel accommodations, airport transfers and a complete activities program. The WLFCT Survivor Tournament champion will win a free cruise for two from Tampa to Grand Cayman on April 15-19, 2010 courtesy of VH1 Best Cruise Ever, a floating music festival hosted by 3 Doors Down and featuring Lifehouse, Shinedown and others.

Hooters Casino Hotel is offering WLFCT flip cup players and spectators discounted room rates starting at $69 per night. To make a reservation, call 1-800-522-7366. Participants must identify themselves as members of FlipCup to receive the guaranteed group rate. Book by September 1, 2009 to receive the lowest rates available. Flip Cup Guys is hosting tournaments in Hoboken (9/26), Washington DC (9/26), and Milwaukee (8/29) where winners will receive a free spot in WLFCT II. Teams can sign-up for these qualifiers at Flip Cup Guys as well.

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Beer Review: Arrogant Bastard Ale

Posted by Mike On August - 17 - 2009

So, how did you guys do with your homework assignment? So far I’ve developed a small yet deeply disturbed following. If you’re one of those, you know that your assignment was to go to the place you buy beer and try something new.

Following my own advice I went to the supermarket today to get some beer and found myself almost reaching for something familiar. Then at the last second I remembered my assignment. (Is it bad that I had a hard time finding something that I’ve never had before?) I’m ashamed to admit that I found A beer I had never tried in the form of Arrogant Bastard Ale.

I’ve seen this beer many many times but I don’t think I’ve ever tried it….until today! The name didn’t do much for me but after reading the bottle I had to try it. Seriously folks, look for this beer and just read the entire bottle and enjoy. This American style strong ale is brewed by Stone Brewing Company in San Diego County California. The 1 pint 6 FL.Oz bottle is packed with attitude and confidence in their beer. Let’s give it a taste.

Appearance: For this one I pulled out a large glass beer mug and poured it on in. From the talk on the bottle I expected it to punch me in the face on the way in. It poured dark brown with a light haze. When I held it out in the light (while walking out to the BBQ) it really did look almost almond or blood red stained. The head was about an inch and had a creamy look to it and lighter in color then expected.

Smell: HOPS! Lots of hops is what I smelled with a bit of sweetness in the background.

Taste: Just like it smells…only this time picture a sweet tasting beer that just got the hell kicked out of it by some bad ass hops. The sweet taste is still there, only now it’s curled up in the fetal position bleeding in the corner. Have to admit it that I like it a lot. Strong ale is my beer of choice so this is right in my wheelhouse. For most I would say that it would be a bit too much in the hops arena and the aftertaste may bother some, but not this kid. If you the like beer with…,well simply put, arrogance, do yourself a favor and try it.

Alcohol by Volume: 7.2%

Cost: The bottle costs me $3.99

Final Breakdown: I’m going to give myself more homework assignments! I’ve seen this beer so many times and yet never tried it. I really like it a lot. This being said, not sure if it is the best tailgating beer. It has the traditional problems of being a dark beer that frightens many away. Also it has a higher ABV% than most beers and more then twice the macro light beers. Some tailgaters may find it too much for a long day in the sun drinking. Will I bring this beer to my next tailgate…..NO! I’m not running the risk of wasting this on potential tailgate moochers. I’m loading up the fridge at home and keeping it for myself.

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