How to Host an RV Tailgating Party
The return of crisp autumn air, team jerseys on display and tailgating parties can only mean one thing: It’s football season! There are few better ways of getting in the team spirit and enjoying the sport amid friends than tailgating. And if you own an RV, tailgating can be a practical way of enjoying games and hosting game parties — after all, you have access to your own kitchen, air conditioning and bathroom.
Plan Your RV Tailgating Party
A little planning before your tailgating party can help ensure the event goes off without a hitch. As you begin preparing, consider the following checklist:
- What’s on the menu? One of the greatest benefits of tailgating in an RV is having access to a full kitchen for on-site food preparation and storage, says GoRving.com. That means you can plan for some terrific food beyond the usual chips and dip. Since tailgating parties usually start before the game (and can extend until well after), The Fun Times Guide’s RV site suggests planning a full day’s menu in advance, taking note of ingredients and cooking supplies or containers you’ll need. Start with game snack basics, such as cut veggies, chips, burgers, cole slaw or potato salad. Some ideas for heartier tailgating recipes, ranging from ribs to cowboy nachos to chili mac, can be found on Food Network’s special tailgating recipe page.
- How will we watch the game? If you don’t want to risk missing a second of the game, consider bringing a radio, streaming it from the Internet or watching it on satellite TV. Be sure you have the necessary technology in place so that your party can keep abreast of the action. Some satellite TV providers even offer portable devices designed specifically for tailgating.
- Where will we park? If you’re planning on parking outside a major city or college stadium, it can pay to research its RV policies beforehand. Some will provide only parking, while others will provide water and electric hook-ups, as well. Some may also require special permits.
- Are we prepared for the elements? Prepare for Mother Nature by bringing a portable RV umbrella, awning or other source of shade. Sunglasses, bug repellent and portable fans or air conditioners might also come in handy.
The Day of the Game
Before you hit the road, don’t forget to pack any team or decorative items you may want to use to display your team pride, suggests Fun Times Guide. On game day, be sure to arrive early to your intended tailgating location in order to claim your desired spot.
And as always, don’t forget to clean up after your party. Being a courteous tailgater means more opportunities for all fans to have fun.