A Guide to RV Tailgating 5166

Football season is upon us! Tailgating is one of the best parts of football season and tailgating in an RV is the best way to do it—regardless of your team, we can all agree to that!

Tailgating in an RV means you have all the amenities of home. First, you have your kitchen! So no more coolers, forgetting utensils or condiments, or being limited on what you can cook. You can grill outside or bake inside—your meal options are nearly endless!

You’ll always have your bathroom, and if you’ve tailgated before you know how valuable this is. No more missing out on the fun while standing in line for the port-a-potties for 30 minutes! You won’t miss a minute of the action, but just beware of others wanting to use your bathroom too. If you plan to allow it, have hand sanitizer available and protect your flooring from people— tracking in mud!

The #1 benefit of tailgating with your RV is shelter! When inclement weather puts a damper on the parking lot party, you can bring the party inside. You won’t have to huddle under a canopy or hide outside a car.  You may also have a TV that allows you to watch the other football games while waiting for your game to start! Many people even decide to just tailgate and watch the game from their RV, rather than buying those expensive stadium tickets. If this is the option you’re aiming for, check out our RV antennas. We’ve got satellite antennas, local broadcast antennas, and plenty of other TV hookup essentials.

hot dogs and chicken on a grill
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Here are a few tips for RV tailgating:

  • Check ahead. You’ll want to call or check online to ensure that the stadium/arena allows RVs and understand the cost. You may be charged extra for needing more space than a regular vehicle.
  • Get there early. Depending on your RV size, you might need to take up a few spots. Getting there hours before the crowds is an absolute must. While you wait for the other tailgaters to arrive though, you’ll have the comforts of home to do whatever you choose to pass the time!
  • Choose a great spot. You’ll want to avoid areas in the parking lot that attract crowds, such as the port-a-potties or entrances. Try to find a spot near grass so you can have extra space to spread out. It’s also helpful to be near trash cans for when the party is over.
  • Meal plan. There are tons of great recipes for tasty tailgating food! Plan ahead so you have all the ingredients you need and be sure to bring extra because the smell will likely attract visitors. The fun of tailgating is meeting other fans, and it’s always nice to have plenty of extra food to offer!
  • Decorate your RV. Show your spirit by putting up a flag, window paint, streamers and balloons to represent your team!

Items To Bring:

  • Folding chairs
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Ponchos, towels, and umbrellas in case of rain…although you can always just hang inside the RV
  • Yard games for fun and to help pass the time, such as corn hole, a frisbee, or a football
  • Plenty of food, snacks and beverages
  • Ice and a cooler if you need extra food storage space
  • Your fan attire (jersey, face paint, foam finger, etc.)
  • A portable grill
  • Trash bags
  • A table and tablecloth to set out the food

We hope this guide helps you get your RV ready for game day! Win or lose, you’ll always have a great time tailgating!

Lindsay McKenzie travels full-time in her Winnebago Navion with her husband Dan and their 2 dogs. Originally from Colorado, they have been seeking adventure together for 10 years now and have done a lot of international traveling, including living in Costa Rica. They took the leap into full time RVing after experiencing life-altering news. They viewed the news as a life “detour” and started a travel and inspirational blog called Follow Your Detour. Lindsay has grown more passionate about pursuing her dreams and a leading a fulfilling life, while inspiring others to do the same. She loves that RVing allows her to be in nature and do more of what she loves. You can usually find her on the river fly fishing, hiking to sunset spots, or at a local brewery. (All photos by Lindsay McKenzie, except where noted.)

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