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Memphis Tailgating Grill

Posted by Dave On September - 18 - 2012

Here at TailgatingIdeas.com, we love the resolve and the commitment fans have to show their support for their team. Despite the fact that Margaritaville Tailgating Grills are harder to find than a vegan at a BBQ competition, many of you are finding ways to customize them to team colors and logos.

Last week it was Josh who did his own SDSU tailgating grill. Before that it was a reader submitted University of Miami Hurricanes tailgating grill.

Now comes this Memphis Tigers tailgating grill submitted by reader Jason who is also an RSS subscriber. Check out his creation. He told us in his email the swing arm is not customized yet but the grill itself is ready for the parking lot.

memphis tailgating grill

Conversion Vans – the ultimate tailgating vehicle?

Posted by Dave On September - 6 - 2012

(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Blake Arbogast, a graduate of Wright State and the Owner of Dave Arbogast Conversion Vans in Troy, Ohio.)

While tailgate parties likely started in the back of classic pick-up trucks complete with coolers and lawn chairs, with a little creativity you can also turn your conversion Van into a “mobile house party” for the next big game.

West Virginia Shaggin Wagon

Why would anyone choose to sit in an uncomfortable plastic chair when they could be at the game relaxing on a leather couch instead? Sure, eventually you’re going to have to get up to turn those brats and dogs but you can always come back to the comfort of your van afterwards. Even better is the fact some conversion vans are comfortable and spacious enough for you to enjoy an entire vacation in.

For those who aren’t already familiar with them, a conversion van is a cargo van which has been upgraded or “converted” with a variety of additional amenities to help make travel not only easier, but more enjoyable. Conversion vans deliver a wide array of options to choose from. Even the more basic conversion packages come with a great towing capacity and seats which convert into beds. With that said, you can also choose to go all out for tailgating with a conversion van which comes loaded with a kitchen area, a shower and more.

Looking for an easy way to tow your smoker behind your conversion van so you and your friends can enjoy your world famous brisket before the game? Not a problem. Conversion vans can tow up to 6,400 lbs. Also, who needs an ice chest at the big game when you’ve got an entire fridge to hold your drinks and food? Port-a-potties and stadium bathrooms are a thing of the past if you choose the right conversion van as well. Even better, if you’re the type of die-hard sports fan who likes to paint their face, yet hates the resulting itchiness, you can easily get cleaned up in your conversion van’s sink after the game is over.

Rainy weather while tailgating are of no concern with a conversion van anymore either. Just kick back while the rain shower moves through, watch a little TV or DVD of your favorite movie. You can even keep a spare change of clothes in one of the van’s cargo compartments for when your clumsy buddy accidentally squirts some mustard on your favorite jersey.

If you’re a die-hard sports fan and tailgater there are literally a million reasons why a conversion van is a great investment. While everyone else decided to go tailgating in a motorhome or pickup truck, you’ll be living the good life in a the greatest luxury caravan on the open road – the conversion van.

SDSU tailgating grill

Posted by Dave On September - 3 - 2012

You can tell it is football season and by that we mean prime tailgating season. Even though the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill is harder to find than a cheeseburger at a vegan support group, our readers are still finding ways to customize them to show their team spirit.

Last week it was a Miami Hurricanes fan who did his own “U” tailgating grill. This weekend we got these photos in from Josh who customized his grill to represent the San Diego State Aztecs. Check out his grill that will be the only one of its kind in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot on Saturdays.

SDSU GrillSDSU Grill

The “U” tailgating grill

Posted by Dave On August - 28 - 2012

Way back in 2010 one of our readers submitted photos of his own customized Miami Tailgating Grill. Well, he is back with some updated photos because he upgraded his previously customized grill to a new color scheme.

Despite Margaritaville discontinuing the manufacture of these grills, many tailgaters are either updating or choosing to take their existing grill and customize it to their own team colors and logos. This grill will be making an appearance very soon.

Miami Grill

Miami Grill

Tailgating Gear Review: Holster Up drink holster

Posted by Dave On August - 13 - 2012

You only have two hands. While tailgating, sometimes that is not enough. Over the years we have found numerous products out there that help tailgaters tackle the problem of not having enough hands.

We recently discovered a number of drink holders that resemble gun holsters from a company called “Holster Up“.

Holster up Featured

As you can see in the above photo, the drink holsters from Holster Up strap to your belt or can clip to your pocket or waistband and holds a drink of your choice on your hip as if it was in a gun holster. We were sent a sampling of drink holsters from Holster Up to test out and review and see if they hold up in a tailgating environment.

The first impression we got upon receipt of the drink holsters was these were made out of canvas and not leather. (Keep in mind leather ones are available through Holster Up. We received the canvas types for our review.) Most associate a holster to be leather but this isn’t the Wild, Wild West. This is tailgating and to be honest with you, a canvas drink holster is much better suited for a parking lot situation. Here’s why…

These holsters are designed to hold cans and bottles and more importantly, cold cans or bottles. Cold cans and bottles tend to attract moisture condensation on the outside and we all know that leather and water are not the best combination. However, water and canvas is not that big of a deal. So the very fact that you aren’t eventually ruining the product by using it for what it was designed to do, gets high marks in our book.

The next test we tried was how comfortable it fit on a belt or clipped to our pants and how comfortable it was to wear. Putting it on and it staying on was quick and easy plus if fit well and you could hardly notice you were wearing it. Cans and bottles easily fit in and were taken out of the drink holsters from Holster Up. The taller and thinner cans like Coors Light and Keystone tended to not fit as snug as the other standardized size cans. That could be easily remedied by enlisting the help of a can koozie to increase the circumference of the thinner can. Plus the koozie will provide a little more insulation on top of the insulation the holster provides.

In learning more about these drink holsters from Holster Up we found:

  • They can print logos and phrases on the front
  • The canvas holsters have a loop near the top that allows for you to clip a towel or ever a bottle opener for convenience
  • All of the drink holsters have a clip on the back so a belt is not necessary
  • The velcro leg strap is removable
  • There is a pocket on the back of the drink holster to hold things like your ID, cash, credit cards, etc.
  • In the canvas version they offer both black and camo variations

Black Plain beer holster with towelThe canvas holsters are not the only types Holster Up offers. They also have leather variations, canvas holsters with a towel, printed designs and even a larger drink holster that can hold a 40 oz. bottle.

Prices range from $16.99 for the plain black and camo canvas versions all the way up to a customizable printed version for $29.99. Check out their products page for a complete rundown of options, colors and prices.

After reviewing and testing out the drink holsters from Holster Up, we are going to dub them “Tailgate Approved”. For the mere sake that these would be great for country music concert tailgating like for Toby Keith, Tim McGraw or Kenny Chesney, they are worth checking them out.

We would like to give away one of the drink holsters from Holster Up to one of our readers. The one we are giving away is the Black Plain Beer Holster with Towel.

In order to qualify to receive a free drink holster, all you need to do is become a fan of the Tailgating Ideas page on Facebook. Once there, we ask that you leave a comment on the wall post about the Holster Up drink holsters. Please comment on how and where you would use your drink holster if you won.

The winner will be chosen at random and only one comment per person. The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 and will be notified via Facebook to provide a shipping address to receive the free drink holster. It’s that easy and because the winner will be chosen at random, everyone has the same chance of winning.

For more information on the drink holsters from Holster Up, visit: holsterup.com




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