Football season is a great time to pack the burgers, beer, fire up the RV and head for the game… But, football season isn’t the only time for the perfect tailgate party. NASCAR races, BBQ competitions, concert festivals and rodeo competitions are a few other (season-spanning) events at which to host a grand tailgate party – RV style.
Sometimes the best seats aren’t even necessarily “in” the house. These days the party begins in the parking lot, with the ultimate tailgater. Elaborate food spreads, flowing drinks, brewing excitement and the joy of never having to stand in a public restroom line have inspired more and more RVers to turn their motorhome into the parking lot’s next party stop.
A few pointers for throwing the ultimate parking lot party, RV style:
Think Food First
All you really need is a barbecue or smoker. That is what tailgating is all about, after all. Adjust the menu to compliment the event you will be attending. Hot dogs and hamburgers can work just fine for some events, or add some excitement to the menu by barbecuing ribs or steak with corn on the cob for night games or a treat before the big race. The microwave, oven and stovetop inside the RV make side dishes, appetizers and proper food storage a cinch.
If you’ll be in the sun all day at an outdoor concert festival, be sure to keep lots of water on hand and snacks, such as watermelon and shrimp cocktail, around the RV to stay fueled throughout the day and night.
Jazz up your spread by serving food and drinks on plates and cups in your team’s colors, style with a cowboy theme for rodeos or support your driver with his or her color and number on display at the party!
Scope Out Your Spot
The best parking lot parties happen in the best parking spots! Many professional and college football team stadiums have pre-assigned parking spaces, but if you can help it, get there early and snag a spot up front to attract more high-fives from passersby and closer access to the entrance gate so you can spend as long as possible pre-partying before the big event.
Entertain In Style
Be sure to decorate your RV and surrounding area appropriately; wouldn’t want any confusion about which team you’re rooting for or which driver you support! Colorful balloons, banners, posters, flags and face paint showcase your spirit well.
Tailgate Before, During & After
The party doesn’t have to end just because the game/rodeo/concert begins! For those without tickets, or those having too much fun to want to go in to the stadium, keep the party going during the event with the television (featuring the event, if possible) on and the food and drinks still flowing. After the big show, watch highlights or postgame interviews on the TV or listen to an event recap on the radio while continuing the tailgating fun.
Leave Your Parking Area Clean
Be sure to clean up any debris, pack up all your equipment, say good-bye to tailgating neighbors and make plans for the next event of ultimate RV parking lot partying!