College Football and RV Rentals, Win-Win!

We’re deep into college football season and stadiums across America are hosting eager fans. For fans who travel to watch their favorite teams, that can mean hotel rooms, restaurant meals and no way to tailgate unless the stadium throws a party.

Want a better solution? An RV rental offers all the comforts of home and the best tailgating set-up ever. If you’re looking for a win/win this college football season, you can’t beat traveling by RV to the games.

How to Rent an RV for the Big Game

If you’re new to RV rentals, it may be daunting to think of choosing, renting and learning to operate a motorhome. That’s where a good RV rental location is priceless. With a wide selection of models and a well-trained staff to walk you through the process, renting an RV to travel to college football might become your favorite pre-game activity.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • RV Models Available Recreational vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, from cabover motorhomes with slide-outs to large Class A ‘buses’. How many people will be traveling with you? How much kitchen space does your tailgating menu require? What’s your college football travel budget? Depending on local inventories, your RV rental expert should be able to connect you with just the right model RV for the big game.
  • Length of Time RV is Needed Will you be traveling straight to the game and coming back the next day, or are you making a long weekend (or an extended vacation) of it to explore local attractions after the game? The length of time you’ll be renting your RV also factors into what’s available and how much the rental will cost.
  • Where Will You Pick up your RV Rental? Some football fans prefer to fly into the city hosting the game and pick up their RV rental there for game day and afterward. Others want the whole ‘road trip to the big game’ experience and prefer to pick up their rental unit near home. Decide what you’d like to do and reserve an RV at the appropriate location. 

Every RV rental firm is unique, but generally, only licensed drivers twenty-five and older are allowed to rent an RV. The staff at your rental location should walk you through any training videos and manuals available to help you learn how to safely drive and operate your unit. They’ll educate you on any limits and restrictions and give you helpful tips on how to enjoy your football road trip to the fullest. Win/Win, right? What could be easier than renting an RV for college football travel?

Football Tailgating


RV Tailgating Tips

One of the top reasons college football fans rent RVs for game days is the ease of prepping, cooking and serving tailgate party menus. Whether you like a good pot of chili or enjoy making more exotic fare, your RV kitchen is center field for tailgating success.

Before you start planning your menu, however, let’s review the basic plays for successful RV tailgating. First of all, know where and when you can park at the stadium. Some schools sell RV parking passes for their rabid tailgating fans and others have designated on and off-campus lots for RV parking. Also, be sure you know the local rules of play. Most colleges have specific rules about length of stay, amount of space that can be used by each tailgate party and whether or not generators can be run.

Once you’re up on the rules, start planning your winning menu. What you decide to serve your fellow football fans will determine the cooking and serving dishes and utensils to pack, as well as your grocery list. If your favorite school’s stadium allows grills or smokers, you’ll need to plan for that, too. Here’s a link to help get you started on tailgate party planning.

And don’t forget to show your fan loyalty! While you’re packing the RV rental with food and cooking gear, don’t forget to bring along your team bling. From t-shirts to face paint, team-themed menus to licensed party ware, the tailgate party’s just not the same without making it obvious who you’re hoping will win.

So why not try it this year—renting an RV to travel to your favorite college team’s football games? You’ll win by not having to buy restaurant food or rent hotel rooms and you’ll win again by hosting an amazing tailgate party from your RV. And isn’t winning what football’s all about?

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The Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses—An RV Traveler’s Guide

College football fans and RV campers who love a good parade are already making plans to be in Pasadena, California on January 1. Are you planning to join them for the must-watch, hotly contested Rose Bowl Game and the Tournament of Roses Parade?

Marching Band

Marching Band

For one hundred twenty six years, the Tournament of Roses Parade has thrilled parade watchers with flowered fantasy floats, newly-crowned parade royalty and skillful marching bands. The beautiful city of Pasadena opens its doors to hundreds of thousands of parade-goers each year and is more than up to the task.

And if you’re planning to attend the 101st Rose Bowl Game, going by RV makes it comfortable and affordable. If that sounds like a dream come true, there’s still time to make your RV rental reservation and get tickets for all the events.

Here’s what you need to know to plan your trip. Get started now!

Need-to-Know Basics for the Tournament of Roses Parade

    • When? January 1 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST
    • Where? Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA
    • Where Can I Camp? Because Pasadena is part of the larger Los Angeles metro area, you may not find an actual RV campground close by the parade route. Here’s the good news: the vendor-regulated parking areas (see Where Can I Park below) and many of the area businesses allow some form of ‘boondocking’ or camping without services. Here’s also a link to a list of campgrounds within 30 miles of Pasadena.
    • Will I Need Tickets? Grandstand seating is reserved and requires tickets. Purchase them here. You can also view the parade for free curbside. The curbside area opens for seating at noon December 31.
    • Where Can I Park? If you’re planning to camp outside the parade route, you may want to reserve parking closer in. The vendor who provides grandstand seating for the parade also makes available car or RV parking adjacent to the seating areas, for up to three days. Here’s the link to purchase parking space for the Rose Parade.
    • Anything Happening Before and After the Parade?  Plenty! Watch the marching bands in action before the parade by attending Band Fest either December 29 or December 30. If you’d love to see the magic that transforms thousands of flowers and natural items into award-winning floats, schedule time to watch float decorating at one of three official venues during parade week. There’s also a showcase of floats following the parade. Here’s a link to pre- and post- parade event details.

Need-to-Know Basics for the Rose Bowl Game

    • When? January 1 – Pre-game activities begin at 1:30 p.m. PST. Don’t miss any of the excitement!
    • Where? Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA. The chance to see this historic, one-of-a-kind stadium is worth the trip. Home to the oldest bowl game in America!
    • Who’s Playing in 2015 Rose Bowl? Oregon vs. Florida State

      Rose Bowl Game

      Rose Bowl Game

    • Where Do I Buy Tickets? Rose Bowl tickets are selling out fast, so click the link for contact information and make the call today.
    • Where is RV Parking Allowed? Along with a special lot for RV and bus parking at the stadium, you can also reserve parking at the off-site lots, some of which run shuttles to the stadium. Here’s a link for more info on RV parking at the Rose Bowl.  Every RV traveler to California should see the Rose Bowl at least once. Choose your events, buy your tickets, rent your RV and reserve a space at the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. You’ll be so glad you did!

We’ve tried to answer most of your questions about RV camping at the Rose Bowl this year, but if we’ve missed one, here’s how to reach the Visitor Hotline for the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade.

Photo Credits: Marching Band photo: Prayitno, Flickr Commons License ; Rose Bowl Game photo: Keith Skelton, Flickr Commons License

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Rent an RV Guest House for the Holidays

Are friends and family coming in for the holidays and your house is full to the rafters? Instead of reserving hotel rooms for your visitors, why not rent an RV as your holiday guest house?

El Monte RV Premier Motor Home Rental 2014 Model

El Monte RV Premier Interior View of a Motorhome

Keep reading to learn why an RV rental is the perfect way to open your home to more visitors this holiday season.

  • RV Styles for Every ‘Guest House’ Need: With so many styles of motor homes to choose from, every holiday host can offer comfortable accommodations. From top-of-the-line ‘bus style’ Class A units to roomy cabover Class C motorhomes with convenient slide-outs, there’s an RV to accommodate your overflow housing needs. Whether it’s the newlywed cousins or a family of six coming to stay, there’s a style of motorhome to meet your needs.
  • RV Comfort to Pamper Your Guests: Offer your holiday season guests the luxury and comfort of today’s RVs. Separate bedrooms, modern kitchens for preparing midnight snacks and an amazing amount of storage keep holiday visitors comfortable without paying for pricey hotel rooms. Tips for even more holiday fun: use the extra space to organize late night card games, a grown-up girls’ slumber party or football night in the RV man cave!IMG_3856
  • RV Guest House Privacy and Convenience: Too many guests in one house can spell trouble over the holidays! Even the closest of friends or families can get on each other’s nerves when squeezed into cramped quarters. Let your guests enjoy the convenience of separate space in your “RV guest house”. For guests who need their privacy, even on a holiday trip, your guest house on wheels will become a favorite hideaway. No better way to keep your visitors jolly!
  • RV Holiday Rentals are Affordable:   All that comfort and they’re affordable, too! RV rentals, especially when you take advantage of special holiday rates, beat the price of hotel rooms hands-down. Check out rental pricing for a motor home that sleeps your number of extra guests comfortably and then compare it to local holiday hotel rates for the same number of guests. Amazing, isn’t it, how affordable RV accommodations can be? Factor in the convenience, comfort and flexibility of renting motorhome guest quarters and you’ll be booking a rental RV for every holiday!   Picture of Holly
  • Renting an RV for the Holidays is Easy: With convenient El Monte RV Rental locations across America, finding and renting the perfect RV guest accommodations is easy. Just let us know how many guests will be sleeping in the motorhome, how many nights you’ll need the extra space and when you’ll need to pick up the motorhome. Our helpful staff at every location will help you select just the right RV and check that holiday task off your list.Why send extra guests away to hotels when an RV guest house keeps them close to the holiday fun? Give your holiday visitors a special treat this year—the privacy, comfort and convenience of guest quarters just steps from your front door. Your home might just become their favorite holiday destination!
  • Santa's One RV Open Sleigh Saves the Day!

    Santa’s One RV Open Sleigh Saves the Day!

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RV Football Tailgating – It’s Game On!

The college and NFL football seasons are in full swing, so what’s your game plan for the best RV tailgating season ever?

Syracuse University Football

Syracuse University Football

First things first; don’t own an RV?  No worries – we’ve got the plays mapped out for an affordable RV rental close to the game.  With that detail off your mind, let’s talk about your winning strategy for epic RV football tailgating.

Play #1: Do Your Tailgating Homework!

Parking the RV and firing up the grill is your ultimate goal, but first, you’ll need to do a little homework.  Find out before the game where you can park your motorhome, whether the stadium allows tailgating and how soon you can stake out a parking spot.

Whether you’re gearing up for college football tailgating or a pro football game is in your future, we’ve gathered a lot of advance intelligence.  Be sure to also contact the stadium if you have questions!

Play #2: Pick the Best RV Tailgating Recipes

Already have a respectable tailgating repertoire? Good for you!  Why not kick things up a notch this season by adding new game day desserts?  It’s easy in an RV kitchen!

Another way to build your fan base is by adding a sizzling side dish to your favorite barbeque or champion chili.  Grilled veggies, cheesy mini biscuits and rice & veggie salads are already emerging as MVPs this season.

But if you’re brand new to RV football tailgating, the field’s wide open!  Pick your favorite recipes for a crowd – your convenient RV kitchen makes prep time and cooking a snap kick.  If you need a little help planning the menu, sites like have dozens of ideas for your pre-game feast.

Play #3: Game Day Tailgating Success

Every successful tailgating chef has a super secret sauce, brilliant barbeque brainstorm or spectacular side dish strategy, but what they all have in common is a plan.

Rent an El Monte RV and Save

Rent an El Monte RV and Save

  • Where will you park the RV on game day?
  • How much does RV parking cost?
  • Will you need electrical hook-ups to cook?
  • How many football-loving friends will you be feeding?
  • Who else is bringing game-time goodies?
  • What cooking and serving utensils will you use?
  • What groceries do you need and how will you pack them?
  • Will you bring the grill or cook for the crowd in your well-designed RV kitchen?
  • What beverages complement your menu?
  • RV storage is always an added plus; pack it up for any kind of weather!
  • For more ways to save visit El Monte RV’s Newsletter for RV specials!

Once you’ve got your tailgating playbook planned, it’s time for kickoff!  The convenience, comfort and affordability of RV tailgating at football games make it a tradition for thousands of fans.  Why not find out how tailgating in a motorhome can make your football season even more fantastic?

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For more information on renting or buying a motor home CLICK HERE! or call 1-888-337-2208

Photo credits: football photo is an El Monte RV stock photo.

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BCS National Championship by RV

What could be better than having the Rose Bowl this year in Pasadena? Having the Citi BCS National Championship at the same stadium six days later! Rose Bowl Stadium will host this year’s January 7th battle between the BCS first and second ranked teams. Why not plan to camp (and tailgate!) in a luxurious RV at this year’s game?

If that sounds like a great idea to you, or you’ve got tickets but can’t find lodging, here’s our BCS National Championship pre-game checklist:

  1. Gather the Gang to Go: Bring the whole family to the game, or gather a group of friends to make the whole experience nicer. An added benefit to sharing the BCS Championship experience—share costs on RV rental, campsite fees and tailgating food.
  2. Buy Game Tickets: Just in case you don’t have tickets, here’s your best bet for finding them now: Fan2Fan Ticket Exchange by RazorGator.
  3. Reserve the Right RV: Contact our Santa Fe Springs/Los Angeles RV Rentals office to reserve the RV that will fit your lodging and tailgating needs. Less than thirty miles from Rose Bowl Stadium, this location makes it simple to pick up your RV.
  4. Plan for RV Campsites: You can park your RV near the stadium prior to game day, if you make reservations. Here is a link to motorhome camping near Rose Bowl Stadium: BCS Championship Parking Information.
  5. Plan the Perfect Tailgate Party: Think portable, quick to cook and delicious when planning your tailgating menu. RV kitchens make it easy to prep, cook and clean. After all, who wants to be stuck cooking when everyone else is out exploring other tailgate parties?

There, now you have the essential ingredients for a great Citi BCS National Championship experience. When top-ranked Alabama’s Crimson Tide faces off against the number two Texas Longhorns, you’re going to want to be there. Use these tips to plan your trip to Pasadena, and be sure to share your memories with us!

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Attention RV Campers: Are You Headed for the Rose Bowl?

It’s that time of year again, RV camping fans, when we indulge our love of college football in our beloved motorhomes! Our favorite way of doing so is to travel by RV to Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl, each New Year’s Day. This year’s game pits the Oregon Ducks against Ohio State’s Buckeyes, and it promises to be exciting! Just in case you hadn’t thought of heading to the big game by RV, here are our top four tips for an unforgettable trip to the Rose Bowl.

Tip #1: Buy Your Tickets Now!
Believe it or not, there are still tickets available (as of this posting date) for the Rose Bowl. Use this link to RazorGator on the official Tournament of Roses site to find available tickets. There may also be tickets available through sites like StubHub and TicketsNow.

Tip #2: Plan Ahead!
RV campers absolutely love the Rose Bowl, so parking can be a problem if you don’t plan ahead. There are specially-designated places where RV parking is allowed near Rose Bowl Stadium, and arriving early is a must.

If you plan to arrive as early as December 28, you can rent space at Brookside Park (no hookups). On game day, RVs are allowed through a designated entrance into the West Drive parking area. A fee is charged for parking in this lot, as well. For complete details, go here and click on Rose Bowl Game.

By the way, if you plan to also attend the Tournament of Roses Parade at 8 a.m. on January 1, you’ll need to purchase grandstand seating tickets from Sharp Seating. They may also be able to help you find a place to park your RV near the parade route.

Tip #3: Reserve Your Rental RV!
What’s next? The perfect RV for your Rose Bowl experience, of course! There’s nothing quite like the convenience of cooking great food on game day in a self-contained RV kitchen. The other big plus to camping in an RV before the game is that you’re close to the action and you’re not scrambling to find a hotel room.

Our talented staff at El Monte RV Rentals in our Santa Fe Springs/Los Angeles RV rentals location is ready and waiting to help you choose your RV. Let them know how long you’ll be staying in Pasadena, how many football fans will be onboard and how big a kitchen you’ll require for your tailgate party. It’s that simple!

Tip #4: Plan Your Tailgate Party!
Bake it, microwave it, or cook it outside on the grill, it’s a whole lot easier with a kitchen at your fingertips. Tailgating before the big game is a passion with many RV’ers, and it might just become one of yours, too.

If you’ve never planned a tailgate party, there’s a wealth of information available. Check and for the great recipes to feed your football-frenzied crowd.

We hope you’ll consider an RV road trip to Pasadena for the 2010 Rose Bowl Game. RV comfort, great football and one big, crazy tailgate party in the parking lots – doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to spend your New Year’s Day?

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