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KoolerCap Review

Posted by Dave On September - 6 - 2014Comments Off

KoolerCap FeaturedIf there was one thing tailgate parties that we typically run out of too soon, it is ice. Whether we underestimate the amount we will need or the cooler we are using allows it to melt too quickly, ice is the one thing you can never have an overabundance of while tailgating.

We were recently contacted by the makers of KoolerCap that claimed their invention can reduce ice melting by 30%. A rather bold statement if you ask us. Always up for debunking a claim, we received a KoolerCap to review and put it to the test in a real tailgating environment. Before we do that, let’s share with you the KoolerCap claim and how it works.

From the time coolers and ice chests were invented, cooler companies have attempted to address the biggest cooler problem; short ice life. Coolers of today feature thick walls of modern insulation and positive locking rubber sealed lids. As these improvements were added, they have extended the life of ice used in them, but at the cost of additional weight and expense. Today’s most efficient coolers can cost hundreds of dollars. (See our product review of the Yeti Tundra 65 as one example of these higher-end coolers.)

Every time a cooler is opened, warm outside air rushes into the cooler cavity through a process called convection. When the cooler lid is re-closed, the ice within the cavity is forced to re-cool the warm cavity air in order to maintain the desired temperature within the cooler. We all know that coolers are normally opened and closed many times during any given day, especially while tailgating . This constant cold air loss to convection results in faster melting ice. The KoolerCap claim is that it solves this problem and extends ice life by about 30%. During a typical tailgate party, that can be as short as three to four hours to an entire extra day. This saves the hassle and expense of asking later arriving tailgate party guests to purchase extra ice so that perishables don’t spoil and drinks stay cold. The idea of tailgating is to enjoy those your time in the parking lot, not worry your ice is melting too quickly.

Vern McGarry, the inventor of the KoolerCap did this test video to demonstrate how the KoolerCap works and extends the life of your cooler ice. He did this test during the summer with temperatures in the 85 – 90 degree range.


KoolerCap – The Test by vern-mcgarry

As you saw in the video, the KoolerCap works by sealing the ice and perishables from the unused cooler cavity using compression technology. The KoolerCap is a specially formulated closed cell foam insulation material and is very light, weighing only a few ounces. As each cooler has its own interior dimensions, each KoolerCap is custom trimmed by the customer to their individual cooler size and dimensions. The KoolerCap is designed to compress along the interior walls and corners of the cooler, sealing the ice and perishables from the cooler cavity, which is exposed to outside air sources when the cooler lid is opened. After accessing drinks or perishables within the cooler, simply slide the KoolerCap back down to the top of the ice and perishables, sealing them. The ice then only cools the very small amount of air directly under the KoolerCap.

Of course, we here at Tailgating Ideas are always skeptical and have always tested the claims of product manufacturers. That is why we requested a sample of the KoolerCap in order to test it for ourselves in a real tailgating environment. Instead of testing the KoolerCap within the Yeti Tundra 65, we chose to test it within our old Igloo cooler we got over 10 years ago. That cooler is more of the “standard” cooler that most tailgaters would have if they don’t want to spring for the more expensive types.

We loaded up our cooler with cans and bottles of water that had already been in the fridge overnight to ensure they started cool. We all know that beverages that are room temperature to start will make the ice melt faster and thus making test results partisan. We then bought a 20 lb. bag of ice and covered the ice chest ensuring all the cans and bottles were completely covered. We then took the KoolerCap and placed it on top of the ice cubes making sure it was a tight fit and was touching the tops of the ice. We then placed the cooler in the car and drove for about 45 minutes (about the average drive time most tailgaters take to get to their game). Once we parked we opened up the cooler, pulled back the KoolerCap and removed three or four beverages every 15 minutes. Our test was to simulate the frequency and removal of beverages of a three to four person tailgate party over the course of five hours.

We also did the same test with the same cooler, the same number of chilled beverages with 20 lbs of ice the next day. We removed the same number of beverages each time in 15 minute intervals. Both days the temperature was around 85 degrees. The results you can see in the photos below speak for themselves.

As you can see, the ice in the cooler without using the KoolerCap melted quite a bit and was mostly water. The ice in the cooler that enlisted the KoolerCap was hardly melted and was primarily ice. Of course, this test was conducted over the course of five hours, the same time a normal tailgate party would take.

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

The standard KoolerCap is 24.75 inches long, 13.25 inches wide and .75 inches thick. It is designed to work with coolers up to the 75-80 quart range. The Standard KoolerCap can be cut and customized by the customer to fit their individual cooler if smaller. Make sure to measure the interior dimensions of your cooler prior to ordering. The cost of each standard KoolerCap is $ 19.95

For more information or to order one of your own, visit: koolercap.com

Build-a-Beer Bong

Posted by Dave On September - 6 - 2014Comments Off

Build-a-bong Featured
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 - 2014Comments Off

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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Kuplok Kickstarter

Posted by Dave On August - 28 - 2014Comments Off

There are a lot of those “one handed eating” plates on the market. We have reviewed quite a few of them over the years. But this one looks to be the best of the bunch even though we have not had a chance to review it personally. It is a plate that holds your drink underneath while still maintaining that traditional plate shape. Check out their video:

It’s called the KuploK plate and they currently are seeking funding from where? Kickstarter of course.

They have just about two weeks to go to reach their goal and honestly, I hope they make it. Of all the one handed eating plates I have seen, this one looks to be right on target for being a perfect fit for tailgating.

Check out their Kickstarter campaign HERE.

Puppies Tailgating

Posted by Dave On August - 26 - 2014Comments Off

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