Since starting this tailgating blog back in 2007, we have tested, tried and demonstrated a lot of tailgating gear and written a lot of tailgating product reviews. Some good and some bad. But because we are a blog, a great product we discovered two or three years ago may be lost in the tons of posts we have published after discovering it. Maybe you are a new reader and haven’t had the time to pour through every single post we have done in the past four years. So in order to help out the tailgaters that might not have read about some of these cool tailgating products, we will be doing a feature on products we reviewed a while ago. We call it Featured Gear Friday and this week’s product is: The Tailgate Couch.
Tailgating is all about enjoying yourself away from home but with as many comforts of home as possible. Folding camping chairs are the standard when it comes to tailgate party seating but they are not super comfortable. Lugging your entire sofa set or your Barcalounger to the tailgating lot is unfeasible. They are too big, too heavy and too bulky. But now there is a way to be super comfortable while tailgating and all you need is a pick-up truck tailgate and the Tailgate Couch. (Click on any image for larger view.)
As you can see from the images below, the Tailgate Couch converts any full sized truck tailgate into a comfortable couch. I tested it out for myself and I found the Tailgate Couch to be very comfortable and heavy duty while being extremely lightweight and easy to set up. I am a pretty big dude weighing about 285 at the time the above photo was taken. You can see that the back of the Tailgate Couch easily supports my weight. My friend, whose truck we tested the Tailgate Couch out on, weighs in the 225 range. We both sat on the Tailgate Couch simultaneously and leaned back on the back of the couch. It supported both of our weight no problem. That’s over 500 pounds combined and the Tailgate Couch handled it flawlessly. So no worries if you normally tailgate with “Big Wally” who has a rib and doughnut eating fetish. The Tailgate Couch will probably be able to handle him too.
Another added benefit of the Tailgate Couch is that it is a chick magnet. Seriously, if given the choice of sitting on a hard metal tailgate or on the soft comfort of the Tailgate Couch, I am betting all the women will opt for choice No. 2. I hate to stereotype but I am willing to bet on this.
Before you discount the Tailgate Couch as a glorified futon cushion removed from the wooden frame, this item is specifically designed to fit on the tailgate of a pick-up truck. (The Tailgate Couch doesn’t fit “step side” or “flair side” models. If your tailgate is 5 feet wide, the Tailgate Couch will fit.) The cargo strap that is used while the unit is set up on tailgate is also used to secure the unit in the folded position for storage and transportation. The strap doubles as a handle to carry it to and from your tailgate. The Tailgate Couch will fold completely flat and can be used as a bed and fits between the wheel wells of a pickup truck bed. That’s good news for your overindulgent tailgating friends who may need a little nap time before kick-off if they hit the margaritas too hard.
Here are some other detailed specs:
- The Tailgate Couch weighs less than 20 pounds.
- The Tailgate Couch is washable. Just remove the foam cushions, hand wash using cold water and line dry.
- The Tailgate Couch is made of durable materials for a long life.
- The Tailgate Couch cover is made of a high quality nylon material that is both stain and water resistant. The same material used to make high quality backpacks.
- Each cushion of the Tailgate Couch measures 22 inches by 30 inches with a 3 inch foam pad and 4 cushions per couch.
- When folded into a cube for transportation/storage, the Tailgate Couch measures 22 inches x 30 inches x 12 inches.
- The Tailgate Couch has a 1 year limited warranty.
You can buy your own Tailgate Couch directly from our online tailgating store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com. Price is $199.00 and that includes shipping to the continental United States via FedEx Ground. (Sorry Alaska and Hawaii, you’ll need to contact us for special shipping rates.) The Tailgate Couch comes in two styles, Green Camo with black trim or classic Red with white trim. Buy Tailgate Couch by clicking Here.
If you are still not convinced you should get a Tailgate Couch, listen to these 10 reasons from these tailgating girls. Their delivery may be a bit stiff but I’ll bet you’ll make it all the way through the 90 second clip.