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Build-a-Beer Bong

Posted by Dave On September - 6 - 2014

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It’s prime tailgating season and you forgot to get one of the most essential tools to open the season – a beer bong. Shame on you.

But gone are the days of stopping by the home improvement store, buying a funnel and tubing and hitting the parking lot. You want a beer bong that reflects your spirit, passion and support of your team, student group, fraternity/sorority, etc. That’s why we have recently added the Build-A-Beer Bong to our online tailgating gear store.

The concept is simple. You choose a funnel color. You choose a tube color. Buy it. Boom! You’re done.

Funnel colors: Red – Blue – Purple – Pink – Yellow/Green – White

Tube colors: Red – Purple – Black – Green

The Build-A-Beer Bong funnels are $8 and the tubes are $3 for a total of $11 for each beer bong you build. $6 flat rate shipping on complete beer bong purchases that include funnel and tube.

To build your own Build-A-Beer Bong, visit our online tailgating gear store, shop.tailgatingideas.com

Tailgate TV Stand

Posted by Dave On September - 1 - 2014

Tailgate TV Stand Featured

The tailgate party has evolved. No longer does tailgating include a few wieners on the grill and tossing the football around killing time waiting for the game to start. Tailgating is a full-blown event that includes gourmet food, exotic drinks and electronic gadgets that would make James Bond sit up and notice.

Since starting this tailgating blog back in 2007, we have seen the explosive growth of the use of TVs in the tailgating parking lots. Gone are the days of setting up the satellite dish on a tripod and trying to find the arc and the azimuth somewhere in the southern sky. Just as the technology of tailgating with satellite TV has evolved, so has the way you view your TV in the parking lot. We recently discovered the Tailgate TV Stand and put it to the test to find out if it truly is “Tailgate Approved”.

As you saw in the video, the Tailgate TV Stand is a hitch mounted TV stand that holds your flat screen TV and can rotate 360 degrees. We recently had the opportunity to test out the Tailgate TV Stand and found it to be highly functional and quite at home in the tailgating environment.

Prior to learning about the Tailgate TV Stand, we were only aware of two other hitch mounted TV stands; the Hitch-N-View and the Tow Hitch TV, both of which we reviewed previously on this blog. For the sake of review comparisons, we will compare the Tailgate TV Stand to the Hitch-N-View because we believe the Tow Hitch TV is no longer in business and producing units. Before we start comparing the two, let’s dive into the features of the Tailgate TV Stand.

The Tailgate TV Stand is essentially three pieces that assemble quickly in order to mount your TV for viewing off the back of your vehicle so long as it has a 2″ tow hitch receiver. The assembly really is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Once the pieces have been assembled, you place the your TV on the bracket and hook up your cords and electronics. It really is that simple. Most people think “some assembly required” and groan in pain, especially if you have to assemble the unit every time you use it. But honestly, it took me literally 30 seconds to assemble the entire Tailgate TV Stand to the point I was ready to hang my TV from it. Check out their assembly video.

We had the opportunity to review and test out the Original TTS Standard. This model has a smaller lower post that would be ideal for SUV and van tailgating vehicles. Those with pick-up trucks that want their tailgate down while viewing TV, the Original TTS TD (Tailgate Down) is a better choice.

One of the major benefits of the Tailgate TV Stand is that fact that you can swing the arm 360 degrees. If the sun is creating too much glare with the TV facing directly backwards, just rotate the Tailgate TV Stand the opposite way and your tailgate party guests will love you forever. You can even swing the TV inside of the SUV, set up the kids to watch their shows while chilling inside the car and you can now tailgate with the adults knowing the kids are taken care of and out of the way. And as easily as it was assembled, the Tailgate TV Stand comes apart and packs away just as quickly.

In comparing the Tailgate TV Stand (TTS) to the Hitch-N-View (HNV), there are a number of features and benefits the TTS has over the HNV.

  • Accessory Shelf - Comes standard with the HNV. Available as an upgrade for $29.99 from Tailgate TV Stand. Advantage: Hitch-N-View
  • Cords and Cables - Cords and cables hang off the accessory shelf on the Hitch-N-View. Velcro Straps included with the TTS to tie up cables and cords for a cleaner look. Advantage: Tailgate TV Stand
  • TV Size - Due to the size limitation of the mounting bracket and the width of screw hole patterns on the back’s of TVs, the HNV can hold up to 40″ TVs. The Tailgate TV Stand is designed for 360 degree rotation with a 32″ TV. The ability to rotate your TV with the swinging arm will be limited if your TV is larger than 32″, but the stand will hold bigger TV’s. The Standard model will hold up to 40 pounds. The Heavy Duty (HD) model and Tailgate Down (TD model) are made with heavier gauge tubing and will hold up to 70 pounds. Advantage: Tailgate TV Stand
  • Price - The Hitch-N-View is priced at $95 plus shipping. The Original TTS Standard is the lowest priced and costs $170 plus shipping. Advantage: Hitch-N-View
  • Viewing Angle - The Hitch-N-View does not elevate the TV much above the tow hitch receiver area. The Tailgate TV Stand elevates the TV quite a bit and while sitting in standard tailgating chairs, the viewing angle is similar to how you would watch TV if the screen was wall mounted. Advantage: Tailgate TV Stand
  • Mounting Bracket - The Tailgate TV Stand does not come standard with a mounting bracket but you can purchase a bracket from TTS with your order. The Hitch-N-View mounting plate is part of the unit and the brackets to attach to the back of your TV come standard. Advantage: Hitch-N-View
  • Rotation - The TTS can pivot 360 degrees. The HNV faces directly off the back off your tow hitch. Advantage: Tailgate TV Stand
  • Country of Origin - The TTS is made in the USA. The HNV is manufactured in China. Advantage: Tailgate TV Stand

Honestly, after a thorough comparison, there is no clear winner between the Hitch-N-View and the Tailgate TV Stand. It all just comes down to personal preference when making your choice. If the ability to rotate your TV away from glare is a major priority, then the Tailgate TV Stand is the best choice. If you are more price oriented, then the Hitch-N-View is less expensive. If you have a larger TV and it has a larger than 40 inch screen, then the Tailgate TV Stand is your better choice. If paying a little more for an American made product is important to you, Tailgate TV Stand is definitely your choice. It all comes down to what is most important to you when selecting a tow hitch TV mount for your tailgate party.

After thoroughly testing the Tailgate TV Stand we are going to give it the Tailgate Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp. We loved the ease of assembly, the versatility of being able to rotate the TV screen to any angle and how it offers a wider range of size TVs it can accommodate.

The Original TTS Standard is priced at $169.99, the Original TTS HD (Heavy Duty) goes for $179.99 and the Original TTS TD (Tailgate Down) will run you $199.99. The Accessory Shelf costs an additional $29.99 and can be included with your order.

For more information or to buy one of your own, visit: tailgatetvstand.com

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IceSoKool Cup Review

Posted by Dave On August - 23 - 2014

Margarita in IceSoCool CupAbout 10 years ago, I traveled quite a bit with a previous job that took me all over the United States. I traveled heavily during the summers and visited the south eastern portion of the United States frequently. During one of those travels we stopped in at a Hooters in Gainesville, Florida. We ordered a pitcher of beer and when it arrived at the table, the busty waitress also had a small bag of ice in her hand. She tied the bag to the handle and floated it in the pitcher of beer keeping it cold while sitting on the table but did not dilute it with the melting ice water. Genius idea, we thought. If only someone could come up with a way to do that for a cup while out tailgating.

It took 10 years but someone apparently has already taken that concept of keeping your drink cold without diluting it with melting ice. We recently discovered the IceSoKool cup. Take a look at their “How it Works” video and you will see the concept of keeping your beverage ice cold without watering it down.

As you saw in the video, the IceSoKool cup is a dual chambered cup with a cylinder in the middle. You place ice cubes in the center cylinder and as the ice melts, keeps your beverage cold

IceSoCool cups work in a 1, 2, 3, 4 step process that takes 10 seconds.

  1. Remove outer cup by unscrewing it from the inner cup.
  2. Place ice in the cylinder of the inner cup.
  3. Screw the outer and inner cups back together.
  4. Pour in your favorite beverage

IceSoKool Cup

Now that your IceSoKool cup is loaded with ice, you are free to fill with your favorite beverage. The claim we heard was that even in the hottest conditions, it will keep your beverage cold longer than other cups you have to freeze prior to use. And when it comes to tailgating, having a freezer in the parking lot is next to impossible but there are tons of ice chests full of ice available. Compared to those mugs that have gel crystals in them that you have to remember to freeze prior to use, IceSoKool is so much more tailgate friendly. Open up the cup, pop in some ice, fill it up and your drink stays cold.

Seeing how the IceSoKool people make these bold claims against those other cooling cups, they have dome some pretty extensive research. Of course, call us skeptical or whatever you want, but we at Tailgating Ideas have always wanted to test products for ourselves to ensure their claims are really true. We requested a sample of the IceSoKool cup and tested it out for ourselves. Without going into exhaustive detail and photos of digital thermometers, we will cut to the chase and say it works.

IceSoKool Cup

We took two beverages out of the fridge at the same time and poured them into cups. (Just because the center cylinder penetrates the inside of the cup, you can still pour 12 oz. of liquid in there.) One was poured into a regular plastic party cup (don’t start singing the Toby Keith song in your head) and the other was poured into the IceSoKool cup. We tested the temperature to ensure they started out at the same temperature. 45 degrees. We then walked away and let them sit in 80 degree temperature for about 15 minutes. Once we came back, the party cup was significantly warmer. The temperature on the IceSoKool cup was unchanged. We then drank equal amounts out of each cup and then walked away again.

Upon returning to the cups after another 15 minutes, the party cup was almost room temperature and was undrinkable. The IceSoKool cup was still cold and we proceeded to drink the remainder. We concluded that if it takes you longer than 30 minutes to drink your beer, there is a larger problem that can only be solved by getting a bunch of infant bottle nipples.

In conclusion, the IceSoKool works well, keeps your drink cold without watering it down and is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. A single IceSoKool cup will run you $16.99 and you get a discount if you buy a pair, two for $31.98 and free shipping on the second cup. For more information or to buy one or two of your own, visit: IceSoKool

.50 Cal Bottle Opener

Posted by Dave On August - 22 - 2014

50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener
Over the years, we’ve seen a ton of bottle openers. Some great for tailgating others, not so much.

We recently had the chance to check out the .50 Caliber Bottle Opener. As you can see it is a real, previously fired .50 caliber bullet that has been milled to now be a bottle opener. Not much else to it other than if you want to have a cool bottle opener for those patriotic holidays like 4th of July and Memorial Day or even to just look like a bad ass when opening your beer, this very well may be your first and last bottle opener.

Take a look at our video as we try out the .50 Cal Bottle Opener.

  • Made from a real, once fired U.S. Military .50 Caliber bullet
  • Precision cut, hand polished and anti-tarnish coated to ensure long life
  • Opens conversations as well as bottles

50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener

After testing out the .50 caliber bottle opener for ourselves, we are going to give it the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp. Not much else to say other than it opens bottles well and makes you look cool at the same time. And it will fit in nicely to any tailgating kit and not take up too much room.

The .50 Caliber Bottle Opener costs $15 plus postage and packaging. We thought this bottle opener was so cool, we decided that we should carry it in our online tailgating gear store. Buy it HERE.

Case Coolie

Posted by Dave On August - 12 - 2014

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Bringing an ice chest to a tailgate party can be a hassle. The size, weight and bulk of a cooler along with the cost of ice can make tailgating a real pain. If only there was a way to keep a case of beer cold without the hassle and expense of lugging a cooler full of ice to the tailgate…

Case Coolie in 3 colors

The Case Coolie comes in three colors

We recently discovered the Case Coolie.

Simply stated, the Case Coolie is an insulating device that slips over your case of beer and keeps it insulated and cold right out of the liquor store fridge. Most beers already come chilled so there is no reason to add ice and try to maintain that temperature artificially. The Case Coolie combines a double layer of top quality insulation to create a barrier to heat and thus keeps your case cold.

As you might expect, we were a little skeptical of their claims that the Case Coolie can keep a case of beer cold for up to 10 hours. This claim may be the case if you place the Case Coolie over a case of beer and do not open and close it repeatedly like is the normal practice at a tailgate. With that in mind we put the Case Coolie to the Tailgating Ideas test.

The test would consist of starting with a cold 30-pack of beer. We placed the cold case of beer in the Case Coolie while at the store and left it in the Case Coolie without opening it up for 45 minutes. This replicated a real tailgating environment when you buy the beer on the way to the game and drive for about 45 minutes before arriving at your destination.

After 45 minutes passed, we opened up the Case Coolie and took out two beers every 15 minutes. The ambient temperature was around 80 degrees so this replicated an early season game of the NFL or NCAA football season. We repeated this pattern of opening up the Case Coolie, removing a few beers and then closing it back up via the velcro. We did not have a system of trying to remove all the beers on the top area before working on the bottom. We just simply took out the beers that were closest to the opening much like anyone would do if they were out tailgating.

Cards Tailgater with Case CoolieThe reason we kept on opening and closing the Case Coolie was to let the cold air escape and the warm air in just like it would occur naturally out in the tailgating wild. Putting a case of beer in an insulating sleeve and not opening it and not taking a few out is not realistic. In order to replicate real usage in a real tailgating environment, you need to open and close the Case Coolie and remove a few cans each time.

As you can see in the photo above, the last beer removed after four hours of being in an opened and closed Case Coolie was around 55 degrees. Although the temperature was about 10 degrees warmer than the temperature of the beer when we bought it, 55 degrees is drinkable. If you split a 30-pack of beer with a friend (2 beers removed every 15 minutes over the course of four hours), by the time you hit the 55 degree beer, the temperature will be the last thing on your mind.

After thoroughly testing the Case Coolie in a real tailgating environment, we are going to deem the Case Coolie “Tailgate Approved”.

The Case Coolie comes in three different colors, black, red and blue. The Case Coolie comes with a carrying handle and also a shoulder strap for those distances when you need to get from your house to the parking lot. No matter which color you choose, the Case Coolie will run you $29.99.

For more information or to buy one of your own, visit: CaseCoolie.com




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Started in August 2007 by tailgating enthusiast Dave Lamm, TailgatingIdeas.com has evolved into an advocate for tailgaters rights and is not afraid to touch on controversial issues confronting those who frequent the tailgating parking lots.

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