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You’ve probably seen the TV commercials for the Margaritaville G1000 Ride-Behind Tailgating Propane Grill. You’ve probably seen the displays for them in your local Costco Warehouse stores or possibly seen them advertised online. You probably thought to yourself, “Man that is one sweet tailgating grill… I just wish it didn’t have all that lime green all over it.” If the color scheme of the Margaritaville G1000 Ride-Behind Tailgating Propane Grill is the only thing holding you back from getting one, you are in luck. These grills are easily modified to display your teams colors.

I recently got a Margaritaville G1000 Ride-Behind Tailgating Propane Grill and customized it to San Diego Chargers colors. A few cans of spray paint, some painter’s masking tape and an offset screwdriver from my local home improvement store cost me just about $25. I was well on my way to having a custom tailgating grill in the time it would take me to watch a college football game on Saturday. Take a look at the “How To” video I put together and see how easy it is to convert the Margaritaville G1000 Ride-Behind Tailgating Propane Grill to your own team colors.

Here are the step by step written directions on how to customize your Margaritaville G1000 Ride-Behind Tailgating Propane Grill:

1) Peel off the palm tree decals from the swing arm. (Goo Gone, Goof Off or any other adhesive remover works well for any residue.)
2) Tape around the end caps on the swing arm. Paint the end caps the color of your choice.
3) Open the grill hood and you will see four Philips head screws holding the grill lid handle. Back out all four screws and set aside.
4) Remove the lid handle, turn it over and unscrew the two Philips screws holding the heat shield to the lid handle.
5) Lock the grill lid shut and turn the grill upside down. (Use the top styrofoam packaging as a way to hold the grill without scratching or damaging the grill’s hood.)
6) Unscrew the six screws (three on each side) to release the side panels. (Hint: Using an offset screwdriver will allow you to unscrew those screws located near the propane gas manifold.)
7) Paint all pieces the desired color scheme of your team’s colors. (Let dry for about 24 hours to ensure all pieces are dry.)
8 ) Tape swing arm caps and transport lock to avoid paint spray.
9) Paint swing arm desired team color. Let dry 24 hours.
10) Paint licence plate holder brackets desired team colors. Let dry 24 hours.
11) Reattach all pieces to grill in the reverse order they were removed.
12) Attach licence plate holder brackets to swing arm.
13) Attach swing arm to 2″ tow hitch receiver. Place grill on swing arm, tighten and lock securely.
14) Go tailgating!

So there it is. A step-by-step video and written instructions on how to customize your Margaritaville G1000 Tailgating Grill to your team’s colors. Be sure to print these instructions off when you head out to the garage to customize. In the tailgating lot, when you are asked where you got that sweet tailgating grill, make sure to let them know about us here at TailgatingIdeas.com. Happy tailgating.

SkinIt Tailgate Packs Show Your Car’s Support For Your Team

Posted by Dave On September - 9 - 2009

We as tailgaters and sports fans love to show our love, support and devotion to our sports teams. Car window flags are quite popular and even the SportMast lets you fly a full sized team flag from your 2″ tow hitch at full highway speeds. Now the folks at SkinIt have come out with Skinit Tailgate Packs. These are high quality decals that allows you to show your team spirit by personalizing your vehicle with your favorite team’s logo, colors and mascot. These specialty decals are made from a high-quality 3M vinyl material with a patented adhesive for residue-free removal and air-bubble-free application. You won’t have to worry about ruining your car’s paint job or any leftover sticky residue either. Check out their TV commercial that has been running on NFL Network and ESPN the past few weeks.

(Those with a keen eye probably noticed that the tailgating truck the girls were using was The Carnivore.)

The Skinit Tailgate Packs come in three different sizes ranging from a small pack which comes on a 49” x 25” sheet, medium pack at 49” x 55” and a large pack at 49” x 105”. Small packs are suggested for use on a smaller car like a sedan, medium sized packs are for trucks and SUVs and large packs are designed for RVs and campers. A small Skinit Tailgate Pack will run you $49.95, medium $99.95 and large $149.95. If you choose to get a Skinit Tailgate Pack there are some do’s and don’ts on applying them properly.

It’s recommended you apply the decals on a clean surface, preferably a car that has been recently washed. Take your time when applying your team logo skin and make sure to use a flat surface tool, like a credit card, in order to squeeze out all the air bubbles from underneath. The skins are easily removed and will not scratch or leave a residue behind. You may peel them off and reuse them again however, once removed, the decal may not adhere quite as well as the first time. So unless you are planning on driving around showing your team colors all season long, make sure to properly store the skins once they have been applied the first time.

Skinit Tailgate Packs currently come in team colors and logos of the NFL and NCAA colleges and universities. All 32 NFL teams are available and over 95 NCAA teams are represented. I was amazed to see that my beloved Cal State Fullerton Titans were included on the list of NCAA schools. A university that does not currently field a football team is rarely included when it comes to officially licensed materials that demonstrate school spirit. More than likely if you are tailgating an NCAA sport, Skinit Tailgate Packs will have your school.

For a limited time, you can get a Skinit coupon for a  free small device skin with every Tailgate Packs order. Now you can customize and match your cell phone, MP3 player or other device skins to your vehicle theme. Tailgaters can select a matching skin with a team’s logo to express team pride, choose from a variety of other designs or upload an image to create personalized custom designs.

To order your own Skinit Tailgate Pack or to see if they have your school available, go to tailgatepacks.skinit.com

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Gaming at the Game

Posted by Chris On September - 7 - 2009

Madden NFL 09Image via Wikipedia

By this time there is a good chance that you have already made your Wal-Mart purchase at exactly one minute passed midnight.  You then proceeded to call out of work the following day.  Since then you have been locked in your mother’s basement, talking to countless strangers through a UFO-like headset, honing your skills for, well for what exactly?!?

Get your ass out of the basement and down to the lot.  Madden 2010 is (or it should be) coming to a tailgate near you.  Cornhole, ring toss, and beer pong are classics but none of the above allows to you whoop on the day’s upcoming opponent like Madden 2010.

Tailgaters are already bringing big screens down to the parking lot.  And if you are there for a 1 pm kick-off is there anything really worthwhile on the tube?  This fan (and I can’t be alone here) can only take so much Chris Berman on the ESPN pregame show.  So put the TV to good use and hook-up the Madden.

Start a season tournament with your fellow tailgaters, with the playoffs and championship game timing up perfectly with the season’s last few home games.  At the first game collect entry fees.  Winner takes all or maybe 2nd place at least gets their entry fee returned.

To add excitement for those tailgaters not playing, divide them up into sides and make it a drinking game.  Touchdown, drink.  Interception, drink. Fumble, drink. Field goal, drink.  Hell, running play, drink; passing play, drink.  The drinking game possibilities are truly endless.

And if the home team losses the real contest, well play another game before heading home.  Get your revenge on.  What better way to sober up before heading home than some Madden?  A chance to kill off the leftovers and wait out the traffic.

So start a new tradition this season.  Bring some technology to the tailgate games.  Playing Madden right before kick-off might even give your Madden obsession some meaning.  It’s like you are truly part of the team.

You already have the jersey on.  They may be mustard or sauce stains on the jersey, but stains nonetheless.  And you are only a few hundred feet away from the stadium where the animation characters are appearing in reality.  Sounds pretty sweet to me.  Oh yeah, and the wife (or for those basement dwellers, mom) can’t yell at you for getting your Madden on!

September 20 it will be the Eagles and Saints at 10am in the lot and then Eagles and Saints at 1pm in the Linc.

The Shot Caller Keeps The Time While You Do The Shots

Posted by Dave On September - 4 - 2009

Although beer pong and flip cup seem to dominate the tailgating binge drinking landscape, there are a few hardcore tailgaters that will play Power Hour or Century Club. Both of these drinking games involve drinking a 1 oz shot of beer every 60 seconds. (Power hour is 60 shots in an hour and Century Club is 100 shots in 100 minutes.) Sounds simple until you try it.

The problem with these games is you have to have some sort of a “time keeper”. The time keeper has to constantly keep an eye on the clock and has to shout out “DRINK” or blow a whistle or alert everyone of their drinking responsibilities every 60 seconds. Kind of a hassle. But now there comes the Shot Caller; a clock that counts down at 60 second intervals with a loud alert system.

The Shot Caller

It comes complete with Red, Yellow and Green LED lights to let you know how far away you are from taking your next shot. The digital numbers on the top count down much like the shot clock in a basketball game. It has the option of being set for 60 or 100 minutes. As an added bonus, the Shot Caller comes equipped with four shot glasses just in case you don’t have any. (Right, like that’s the one thing your place is missing…)

The Shot Caller will run you less than 10 bucks and if you order two you get free shipping. Get more info from their official website TheShotCaller.com

Beer Review: Piraat

Posted by Mike On September - 3 - 2009

This week’s beer review is going to take a complete turn from the last one. Last time out we reviewed Steel Reserve 211 and it got some mixed reviews from the sample group that joined me with that one. Well, this time we will do a 180 and review a beer that will most likely never be found at Wal-Mart for 6 bucks a 12-pack, I’m very sad to report.

This time out we will be reviewing an imported beer from Belgium called Piraat. In the name of full disclosure, I need to admit that this beer is easily one of my favorite beers of all time. It has been a favorite for years so my review may be a bit biased. Piraat is what is referred to as an IPA or India Pale Ale. This form of beer came about in the 18th century when British brewers were ordered to produce a high alcohol/high hops beer to go aboard ships for long voyages. At this time water was near impossible to store for long voyages and beer was most often used to drink instead. (With the current water shortages I believe this practice should be started up again!) Anyway, this style of beer was used by both naval vessels and Pirates alike….hence the name Piraat. This form of beer is also referred to as a triple or tripel due to the use of up to three times the malt in the brewing process. This gives way to the eventual high alcohol content, in this instance, 10.5%. Along with the high alcohol content came a high hops content as well to act as a beer stabilizer on the long voyages. Piraat is referred to as a living beer since it is re-fermented in the bottle. This beer has what is referred to as a high food value which also made it popular on ships along with the alcohol content giving way to a pirate type attitude. I know… enough history. What about the beer?

Appearance: I poured it nice and slow into a Piraat tulip glass that provides for a drink that allows the smell to compliment the taste. It appears sort of golden and hazy with a slight amber color to it. The head is thick and white and can be extensive if poured quickly.

Smell: This beer actually smells both spicy and sort of sweet at the same time. The hops are present in the smell but beneath, a slight smell of fruit. This beer is meant to be served slightly warmer than traditional lagers and the smell and taste become more prominent as it warms.

Taste: Have to admit that the first time I tried Piraat, the very first sip seemed off to me. This very well may have been that it was so much different than the beer that I had just before it. Never being one to quit on a beer, I pushed on. As the beer rested and warmed, the flavors really came out which is why this beer is best enjoyed in a non-hurried drinking style. Piraat is complex with both hints of fruit and spice balanced in such a way to hide the high alcohol content. The further along you get, the more tastes come out. Each sip seemed to taste a bit different than the last until I had finished the 25.4oz bottle. By then I was hooked. This beer is one that I couldn’t wait to try again….and again.

Alcohol by volume: 10.5%

Cost:I’m not going to lie to you. It’s expensive. A 11.2 oz bottle, which will only tease you, costs about $3.50. The 25.4 oz runs around $10 a bottle.

Final Thought: If you have any pirate in you, or know you’re a fan of strong golden ale, then I would suggest you try it. This beer however isn’t for everyone and most likely not a tailgate beer for the masses. The strong ABV makes this a sipping beer that goes better with a nice dinner or advertised as a great after dinner beer with a cigar. (I haven’t tried that yet.) For me, this beer isn’t a Sunday morning kick off beer. Piraat is more of a Monday Night, fourth quarter celebration beer since our team is kicking butt and covering the spread. Piraat is available at specialty beer stores in 30 liter kegs, 11.2 oz bottles, 25.4 oz bottles, 1.5 liter magnums, and a Salamanazar 9 liter giant.





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