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BoozLuge & RACC Now Available from Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com

Posted by Dave On January - 26 - 2011

BoozLuge country concertLast summer we opened up our tailgating gear store, shop.tailgatingideas.com. We did this because over the years of reviewing new tailgating products and gear, we needed a place to put all those cool tailgating items that are not normally found in retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods or Sports Authority. The objective was to provide a portal to you the tailgaters so you can find them easily. Now that football season is coming to a close and many of you have already winterized your tailgating arsenal, we understand that this period between the seasons is when many tailgaters will be looking to add or upgrade their gear before next season. Because of this, we are committed to adding at least one new product to the inventory of Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com every day until baseball season starts. If you have visited there in the past few days you may have already noticed we have been adding new products continuously. Two of those newly added products include the BoozLuge and the Retractable Awning Canopy Company tents.

We reviewed the RACC back in November and found it to be a unique and very useful new way to have shelter from the elements without some of the restrictions and hassles of normal four legged tents. The RACC is not available in any other stores so this was a no brainer to add it to the list of tailgating gear offered at Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com. Also, the RACC has been approved for licensing with a number of NCAA member institutions like Georgia, LSU, Florida State, Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson along with other ACC and SEC member schools.

The BoozLuge was reviewed by our contributor Chris in October and he enjoyed this product thoroughly. In a nutshell it is a block of ice with grooves that act as channels where you can take a shot of liquor and pour it into a fellow tailgaters mouth. Take a look at the above photo and you can get the gist. Although it is cold now in most parts of the United States, Spring is coming and soon we’ll be tailgating baseball games and summer concerts. Adding a BoozLuge to the tailgating cache will just add to the fun.

Because we are committed to adding at least a new product to Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com daily, you can get up to the minute updates on when a new product is added. That site also has an RSS feed so you will be alerted once a new product is added. The best part is it is free.

So if you haven’t been over to Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com before or this is your first time visiting, I am sure you will find something over there that you haven’t seen in your run of the mill sporting goods or home improvement warehouses. And if you don’t see something today, subscribe to the RSS feed and in the coming weeks, you’ll probably see something you do need.

Pong University: Custom Printed Beer Pong Balls

Posted by Dave On February - 3 - 2010

In June of 2008, Pong University sent me a sleeve of beer pong ball custom printed with the Tailgating Ideas logo on them. In all honesty they were all right and were not anything spectacular. But that was over a year an a half ago. Since that time and my initial exposure to Pong University’s custom beer pong balls, the company has undergone a number of changes. I guess you could say they are under new ownership and new management and their attention to detail and quality is impeccable. Just check out the recent batch of custom beer pong balls I received last week and judge for yourself.


As you can see from the above photo, the quality of the image on the beer pong balls has greatly improved over the last sample I was sent. Since undergoing massive changes (for the better might I add) Pong University has a newly redesigned website and offers custom printed and blank beer pong balls. They also require no minimum quantities, colored balls are available and they only use high quality 40mm seamless balls.

So if you have been apprehensive about getting custom printed beer pong balls from Pong University, don’t be. The restructuring of the company has produced a high quality product that you will notice right away. Give them a try and you will be happy you did.

The TankSetter: The Safest & Best Way To Transport Propane

Posted by Dave On September - 14 - 2009

tanksetter_propane_tank.jpgRocking and rolling at a tailgate party is to be expected. Rocking and rolling of your propane tank is not so great. In honesty, it is really dangerous to have your propane tank tip over and roll around in your car. So until all the propane tank manufacturers get together and make a tank that does not tip easily, there is The Tanksetter. Simply put, the Tanksetter is the safest and easiest way to transport a propane cylinder to a tailgate party.

As you can see from the photos, the Tanksetter is a durable, high-density polypropylene base that attaches to standard 5 – to 40-lb. propane tanks. The Tanksetter easily attaches to your propane tank with threaded fasteners making it virtually impossible for the tank to tip over. How many times have you been driving to the tailgate only to turn sharply or hit the brakes and hear the crashing and banging of your propane tank against something in the back of your truck or SUV? Those days are gone once you get a Tanksetter.

When I first received my Tanksetter, naturally I put it to the test. I placed it on three different types of propane tanks; one full, one half-full and one empty. I placed the different tanks in the back of my SUV with no other gear around it.(I wanted to make sure there would be nothing to keep the tank propped up, thus ruining the experiment.) I drove around my neighborhood three times with the three different tanks. I wasn’t speeding or intentionally taking serious sharp corners but I was making an effort to see if the tank would tip. The Tanksetter passed with flying colors with all three tanks. I was especially surprised at how well it performed with the empty tank. Those tanks tend to tip over and roll around with the slightest movement. It never fails that the empty tanks tip before I am even done backing out of my driveway. The Tanksetter held all three propane tanks upright and more importantly, safe.

Tanksetter propane bottle safety base

Outside of the annoyance factor of having a propane tank rolling around in the back of your tailgating vehicle, safety is the main reason why any tailgater will need to get one of these. Propane Cylinders are designed to stay upright and tipping them over can damage the safety valve system. The safety valve releases propane vapor if the pressure inside the tank exceeds safe limits. This could happen if the tank is left in direct sunlight or a closed vehicle. A propane cylinder on its side will still vent if necessary but it will release liquid propane gas which is much more dangerous.

Besides the safety factor, the Tanksetter keeps the base of your propane cylinder from contacting your truck bed or the back of your SUV. So if you received a tank from the propane exchange that is a little rusty on the bottom, you won’t have rust marks in your car. Lastly, another benefit to tailgaters is the Tanksetter gives your propane tank more stability when it is in use. People playing catch in the tailgating parking lot are not always the best at paying attention. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen someone accidentally knock over a propane tank when focused on making the catch. The Tanksetter will widen the base of the tank making it extremely difficult for someone to kick it over.

I have a Tanksetter of my own and the highest recommendation I can give is that it is now a permanent fixture in my tailgating gear stash. Honestly, I wish I would have discovered the Tanksetter years ago. It would have saved me a lot of headache, worry and hassle when transporting my propane tanks. Because I believe this is such an invaluable and more importantly, increases tailgaters’ safety, we are offering The Tanksetter for sale directly from our online tailgating store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com

The Tanksetter costs $19.95 plus $7 flat rate shipping. Buy two Tanksetters and we’ll pick up the shipping costs. Get the Tanksetter and you’ll never have to worry about your propane tanks tipping over again.

Welcome Our Newest Sponsor: NationalTailgate.com

Posted by Dave On August - 29 - 2009

NationalTailgate.com BannerFootball season is right around the corner and if you haven’t already geared up, you better get on the stick. Good thing you can shop online and get tailgating gear delivered fast from our newest sponsor NationalTailgate.com.

These guys have you covered from all the necessities to stuff that you might not have seen before. In their Set-up Essentials you will find tailgating chairs, tents and canopies, folding tables, flags & flag poles, portable heaters and even inflatable mascots and logos.

In the Food & Drink Preparation Essentials section you’ll find Barbecues and Grills, Grilling Accessories, Stoves and Ovens, Coolers, Picnic Baskets and Packs, Portable Appliances and Serving Accessories.

In the Entertainment section you’ll find games like beer pong tables, card tables, blongo ball, washers and other tailgating game staples. They also sell generators and power supplies that will go great with the satellite equipment and outdoor televisions they also offer.

So if you are looking around your garage and see that you could use an upgrade with your tailgating gear, check out NationalTailgate.com. If you want it, more than likely they carry it.

Welcome aboard guys and thanks for helping prevent me from going and getting a real job!


Margaritaville Tailgating Grill StadiumBy now you are probably familiar with the Freedom Grill FG-50. You know, the full size tailgating grill that attaches to your 2″ tow hitch receiver and rides on the outside of your vehicle to and from the game?

Recently Freedom Grill partnered with Jarden Consumer Solutions to offer the FG-50 exclusively as the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill.  It’s the same great grill you have come to know and love from Freedom Grill – but now with all the power, passion and party of the Margaritaville brand. (You probably will recognize the Margaritaville brand name from the Margaritaville Margarita Makers you have seen in the parking lots.) The major changes from the old FG-50 to the new Margaritaville Tailgating Grill includes a new accent color and unique graphics promoting the relaxed lifestyle of the islands. The same quality and durable craftsmanship you have come to expect and rely on from Freedom Grill is still built right into the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill. Hard-core Parrottheads and casual fans of Jimmy Buffet definitely should look into getting one of these to complete their pre-concert party spread.

Take a look at the new Margaritaville Tailgating Grill and you’ll notice the subtle changes that have been made compared to the old FG-50 model. (Click the image for an even larger, more detailed view.)



As you would expect, the “Nuts and Bolts” features of the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill include a 20,000 BTU propane grill with 352-square-inch cooking space. It also features a removable grill head with built-in legs, foldout side tables and integrated side handles. The main feature that still makes it a Freedom Grill is the patented swing arm that attaches to any vehicle with a standard 2″ receiver hitch and swings away from your vehicle when its time to grill. The Margaritaville Tailgating Grill suggested retail price is $399.99 and is offered in numerous places on the web including Amazon.com, Freedom Grill and the Margaritaville Cargo Online Store.

Attention: If green is not your color, see our video tutorial on how to customize the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill to your own team colors.





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