Football has officially begun! And where there is football there are some awesome tailgate parties. With an RV, tailgating is taken to a whole other level. You have access to a full kitchen, air conditioning, and your own bathroom. To help prepare you for your game-day adventure, check out these tips to ensure you have the perfect party. So, get in the team spirit, grab your favorite jersey and let’s hit the road!
Prepare Your Menu
Food is an essential for any tailgate party but to make sure you can relax and enjoy the party, prepare what you can in advance. You can’t go wrong with some game-day basics like chips and dips and then move on to something heartier like burgers, wings or even ribs. You can find some great tailgating recipes in our recipe section.
If you are having a large group, it’s a good idea to make it a potluck. That way you can enjoy different dishes without having to do all of the cooking.
Finally, make sure you pack any extra items you might need including bottle openers, plastic baggies, aluminum foil, extra ice, extra plates, garbage bags, storage containers, and paper towels.
Prepare For Parking
- Because your RV takes up more space than other vehicles, some cities and stadiums have RV parking policies. These policies may even include special permits. Also, some lots are parking only while others include hookups. It will definitely pay off to do a little research before arriving.
- Make sure you arrive early so you get the perfect spot with enough room for your awning, tables, chairs and guests.
Prepare Your RV
- Be sure to start your RV refrigerator several hours before the game. This will ensure your food stays cool. It also helps to load your fridge with pre-cooled food and beverages so that it doesn’t have to work too hard.
- Make sure you know the limits of your generator. Trying to run several appliances can trip a circuit breaker. And, just in case, be sure you know where the breaker panel is located. It’s a good idea to run the generator a day or two before the big game to make sure it’s working properly.
- Make sure to put water and chemicals in the black tank before the first use. Dump and flush the tank first and then add enough water to cover the bottom. Also, be sure your guests know what items can and can’t be flushed in an RV toilet.
- Make sure your RV is serviced according to your owner’s manual so that everything is in working order. Don’t forget to check your tires, filters, fluid levels, air conditioning, and batteries.
Prepare For The Elements
- An awning or umbrella to protect you from the sun on a nice day, or the rain on a cloudy one.
- Portable outdoor fan or heater
- Bug repellent
- Appropriate clothing for the temperature outside
- Plenty of water and non-sugary beverages on hand to stay hydrated – un-sweetened iced tea and Gatorade are good choices.
Prepare For Your Departure
- ALWAYS clean up after yourself. Bring plenty and trash bags and don’t litter.
- Be a responsible drinker and if you do drink, please have a designated driver to make sure you get home safely.
Prepare For The Unexpected
As much as we want everything to run smoothly, sometimes things just happen. It could be a flat tire on your way to the game or a dead battery as you are trying to leave. It’s always a good idea to have an RV-specific roadside assistance plan to help you out when you need it most. Coach-Net will ensure you get there and back safely!