How To: Customize A Margaritaville G1000 Tailgating Grill To Your Team’s Colors

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 Happy tailgating.

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11 thoughts to “How To: Customize A Margaritaville G1000 Tailgating Grill To Your Team’s Colors”

  1. When it comes to the center logo/emblem I have gotten them through the Freedom Grill website. ( If you are looking for college teams or nascar drivers you can click to those logos from that page.

    I have customized a few of these grills for customers that do not want to do it themselves. When I am unable to get the center logo from Freedom Grill due to stock inventory, I usually can get it from Autry Sports. ( They are based out of Texas and Freedom Grill is in San Diego so I typically use Freedom Grill because the shipping time to me in Orange County, Calif is much shorter. But depending on your location, Autry may be a better choice. Their prices are reasonable and shipping costs are fair too.

  2. Hi Dave,

    First of all, awesome website. Great tips and ideas galore. You must be living the dream with your “work” huh? ;)

    Now my question: I’m in the process of converting a Margaritavilla Tailgating grill to a custom University of Washington Husky grill. Problem is, I cannot find the auto emblem for my team. I checked the two links you mentioned ( & and they do not have the emblem for the Huskies. Do you have any other sources for these emblems? And if not, any idea what else could go in the circle? I don’t have to tell you that an empty hole there would look stupid…

    (I’ll send you pics of my grill when it is finished!)

    P.S. Thanks to your site I was able to get the grill half off for $200 so I totally scored thanks to you!

  3. I found a promo code online and actually stumbled upon it, and that is why I bought the grill! Search the web, the promo code may still be active, but probably not (I don’t remember what it was). keep in mind that I still had to pay tax and shipping. But the total cost was still a low, low price of $250!


  4. Do you have to use any special spray paint?
    What brand did you use and have you seen any problems from the heat on the paint?

  5. I just used a can of spray paint from my local hardware store. I’m not sure of the brand and since you are painting all plastic pieces, I don’t think the type of paint will matter.

    I haven’t grilled anything yet on mine. I’m waiting for my team’s opener in a couple weeks, but I’m not worried about the heat!


  6. Thanks for the customizing idea! I am almost done with my Raven’s grill just in time for home opener…
    One question though…the handles on either side are SCREAMING for paint as well (NOT the fold out trays, just the handles)…I know they are mounted DIRECTLY to the sides of the grill, and the heat may cause the paint to discolor or bubble, right where it meets the grill, but the entire grill is going to get scratched up and banged up over the course of the season, and I will probably need to respray stuff anyway! I did NOT paint the under sides of the handles, as that’s where the grip is, and no one will see it anyway (unless they are drunk and fall down and look up!)
    anyway….for now, the handles have been painted! I will post pics when I am DONE re-assembling!


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