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All the time you spend tailgating is time well spent except for the 30 minutes you spend waiting to use the port-a-potty. Sure you can use your excellent socializing skills to make new friends and recruit the cute girls to come back to your tailgate party, but wouldn’t you rather spend that time grilling and relaxing? Of course you would but you can’t just ignore nature’s call… especially after you’ve had a few beers.

That’s why we’re proud to introduce you to our newest advertiser, The BassRoom made by Cover Your Bass. Originally designed to fit on a bass boat to give you a little privacy when it comes to “that time” but it also is great for tailgating. It fits well in the back of a pick-up truck and gives you all the privacy you need. Honestly, you don’t want to be Leaky Radiator Guy when you are out tailgating and the BassRoom eliminates wasting tailgating time waiting in line. Check out this quick commercial for a quick explanation.

To get more details on the BassRoom from Cover Your Bass, visit the official product page HERE and make sure to tell them you heard about them from TailgatingIdeas.com.

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The BoomCooler: Rock Out With Your Bock Out

Posted by Dave On April - 7 - 2009

What’s a tailgate party without good music? Rather lame if you ask me. Now you can’t always control the jackass parked next to you blasting Who Let The Dogs Out but you can try to drown him out with the newest tailgating gadget, The BoomCooler.

The BoomCooler is a mobile, rolling music system built right into an ice chest. Sporting a 10″ sub woofer, dual 6″x9″ speakers, a 600-Watt amp and a Kenwood KDC-MP442U AM/FM radio and CD Player, this cooler has enough power to rock the party. Just roll it up, turn it on and you are rocking out with your Doppelbock out.

Before we get too far into the specs on this bad boy, here is a little disclaimer: The BoomCooler is not is not intended for wet storage. That means if you want to use the Boom Cooler as a cold storage device, you’ll need to grab some dry ice or use self-contained freezer packs. No matter how you use it, you’ll definitely turn some heads at your next tailgate party with this thing in tow. For you techie types, here are the full details on the Premium BoomCooler.

  • I-Pod direct control via USB input – no adapter necessary, MP3, AM/FM radio, auxiliary input
  • Kenwood KDC-MP442U, AM/FM radio and CD Player (The manufacturer recommends using the auxiliary or USB input instead of the CD player for optimal results)
  • Kenwood KFC-W2511 10 Inch 4-ohm Subwoofer 2000 Watt
  • Two Kenwood KFC-6982ie 6″ x 9″ 500 Watt Max 5-Way Speakers
  • Kenwood KAC-8404 4-Channel 600-Watt
  • Schumacher SC-600A Speed Charge Battery Charger
  • Shipping Weight – 77 lbs. not including the battery
  • Dimensions – 36″ x 18″ x 17″

Some photos of the Premium BoomCooler

If you buy a BoomCooler, due to shipping regulations, a battery will not be included. A lawn and garden battery is recommended to limit the total weight of the system. A 12 volt car battery is not recommended due to max weight restrictions. Two brands of battery go best with the Boom Cooler. The Briggs and Stratton Lawn and Garden 12V Extended Life Series U1L-300 can be found at your local Lowe’s. Estimated play time 4-8 hours. Retail = $52. Also, the Everstart Lawn and Garden 12V U1P-7, available at Wal-Mart. Estimated play time 4-8 hrs. Retail = $25. Battery play times will vary depending on user preferences, i.e. how loud you play The BoomCooler.

Video: Chillax-a-Chair

Posted by Dave On April - 7 - 2009

With baseball season already underway, it won’t be long before you are tailgating in the midst of some hot and sticky weather. A group from an entrepreneur class at Penn State University invented a product called the Chillax-a-Chair. It’s a system that can be attached to multiple chairs and will act as a cooling system for you while you relax. Here are the videos they put together that give step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Chillax-a-Chair.

How to part 1 – Materials

How To Part 2 – Insulation

How To Part 3 – Tubing

How To Part 4 – Cover and Finishing

If anyone actually makes one of these and uses it at a tailgate party, please snap some photos or make a video. I’ll feature it here on TailgatingIdeas.com.

BecoBall: Newest Tailgating Game on the Block

Posted by Dave On April - 4 - 2009

BecoBallJPGFor those tailgaters that have grown tired of the same old, same old tailgating games, there is a new game on the market. It is called BecoBall and it combines the tossing motions of two popular tailgating games like cornhole and horseshoes with the scoring system of the old arcade favorite, skeeball.

BecoBall utilizes two lightweight frames, two pouches of your color choice, six balls and can be transported with ease inside a carrying bag. The compact size and light weight of BecoBall makes it ideal for tailgating because space is normally limited in your vehicle. The quick set-up and breakdown time also makes it a good fit for tailgating. (I have a BecoBall and it took me about three minutes total to assemble both frames and place them apart to begin a game.) Another advantage to BecoBall is that the bags you toss are lighter weight than standard cornhole or Tailgate Toss bean bags. This allows for your younger tailgaters that don’t have that adult arm strength the opportunity to play at regulation distance.

Check out the demo video that appears on the BecoBall website. (I added it to YouTube for easy embedding on TailgatingIdeas.com)

As you can see in the video, BecoBall utilizes a Hacky Sack type of ball for the throwing object. The official BecoBalls are professionally made crochet foot bags that are soft and yet extremely durable. The BecoBall throwing balls are filled with non-degradable plastic pellets. The soft BecoBalls are perfect for those occasional wild throws that completely miss the target after you have had one too many margaritas. Because the BecoBalls are round, the design gives the player the option of throwing underhand or overhand.

The official scoring system that BecoBall utilizes is one that allows the game to move along at a quick pace so that those playing do not get bored. Also, those waiting to play never have to wait long for their turn. There is no “skunk” rule in BecoBall due to the X-factor that the center ring brings to the game. The center ring is worth five (5) points. Since the center basket is worth nearly 25 percent of the total 21 points necessary to win, you are never really out of the race.

Beco_Blue_OrangeThe BecoBall playing surfaces come in 10 different colors which allow you to customize your game to fit your preference. Customized colors allow you to support your favorite professional, collegiate or high school team by choosing the 2 primary colors used in their logo. A complete BecoBall game set comes with two official frames, two high strength 600D polyester fabric pouches, two built-in abacus style score keeping devices located on the rear legs of the frames, six official size and weight BecoBalls and a full tournament-ready rules sheet and instruction manual. All of these components come packed in a very durable carrying case that includes an attached shoulder strap. The carrying case is made of the same rugged material that is used to make the game pouches and allows for organized storage and easy transportation of the game.

You can get BecoBall directly from our online tailgating store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com and simply using Google Checkout. Choose from over 25 different color schemes. Most color schemes are priced the same, $101.95 including flat rate shipping to the continental United States. Buy your BecoBall tailgating game by clicking HERE.

Video: Bubba Keg Convection Grill

Posted by Dave On March - 30 - 2009

A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to have the Bubba Keg Convection Grill arrive on my doorstep. I had heard that this new piece of equipment was going to rival the dominance that the Big Green Egg has enjoyed in the grill/smoker market. Then again, it looks cooler just by the mere fact it looks more like a beer keg than a lame green egg. I was able to put it through its paces and I was quite impressed.

The Bubba Keg Grill is not just your ordinary charcoal grill. Actually putting charcoal briquettes in this thing would be an insult. (Only natural lump charcoal is the recommended fuel for the Bubba Keg.) This unit is a combo outdoor convection cooker/grill/smoker that I can not justify the versatility of this grill in one posting. The Bubba Keg is so complex, and by complex I do not mean hard to use but complex as in versatile, that this will be a multi-part testing and review process. Excpect more testing results on how fast it heats up, slow cooks, smokes and sears meat to appear on the website in the following days. But for now, I give you the Bubba Keg demonstration video to see just how it works and performs.




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