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?
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?