NASCAR RV Camping—The Ultimate Racing Experience

Set up your motorhome inside Turn One at the speedway and you’ll soon understand why RV camping at a NASCAR race is the ultimate experience for racing fans. Whether you camp in the infield, next to the grandstand or in a lakeside campground adjacent to the speedway, RV camping NASCAR fans take racing mania to a whole new level. 640px-NASCAR_practice

Ready to find out why? Here are the top ten things you need to know about camping in a motorhome at a NASCAR track.

  1. Some tracks have a waitlist or book their campsites months in advance. Check your track’s website for details on when a campsite can be reserved.
  2. Several venues for RV camping may be available at your favorite track—in the infield, on a terrace overlooking the racetrack, or even at campgrounds run by nearby sponsors/partners of the speedway. Depending on your camping budget, you can get as up-close-and-personal as you’d like to racing action.
  3. Know the rules for your campground before you go—things like whether external speakers are allowed, if motorized scooters and golf carts can be brought on racetrack property, what kind of coolers are allowed at the track, where towed vehicles should be parked and the hours quiet rules are enforced are important to know to keep things running smoothly during race week.
  4. The fan pages on NASCAR track websites are a great source of information for new NASCAR campers. Ask veteran fans your questions and get advice on how to maximize the fun.
  5. Knowing what to pack is the foundation of any great RV vacation, and that goes for NASCAR camping, too.
  6. If you don’t own an RV, but love the idea of camping at the races, we can help. Renting an RV for a NASCAR vacation is easy and affordable.
  7. Services for NASCAR campers vary depending on the type of RV camping you’ve reserved at the track, from port-a-jons at every campsite to full-service hookups. You’ll also find a wide range of amenities to enhance your camping experience. Dover International Speedway, for example, offers RV camping race fans mobile pumping service and water delivery as well as a huge grocery tent with everything you’ll need for camping and tailgating during race week.
  8. And speaking of tailgating, what could you cook up in a fully-equipped motorhome kitchen? Use these tips to get your menu started, and don’t be afraid to experiment. You might just become a racetrack legend for your burgers, brats or muffalettas!
  9. If you’re ready to turn your next camping trip into a NASCAR vacation, there are plenty of places to visit. Did you know there are more than one hundred tracks in 38 states, as well as Mexico and Canada? Use this list of NASCAR tracks to start planning your next RV camping vacation at the track.
  10. What if you find you love NASCAR camping enough to buy season tickets? That’s a great idea! You’ll find that season camping passes have perks, like two tickets for the races or the chance to purchase additional tickets for your guests.

Traveling to a NASCAR race in RV comfort, and camping close to the action with a whole lot of friendly racing fans can bring new meaning to ‘vacation’ for your family. Pick a race, get tips from motorhome camping NASCAR fans and reserve your campsite and an RV rental for race week. You know you want to!

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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.

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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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An RV Adventure to the Super Bowl

Prepare for an RV trip of a lifetime!  The Super Bowl for 2014 will be played in New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium.  You can bet East Rutherford, NJ, residents are proud that their city has been honored with hosting this event.  On February 2, NFL fans are going to be descending on the region to be part of this historic game.  Traveling to this game in an RV is additional fun, even if the weather gets a bit cold.  There are a multitude of tips for winter travel online.

MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

For Super Bowl XLVIII it is worth any preparation needed to get to New Jersey to enjoy the game.  In fact, you won’t be the only one braving the cold.  The MetLife Stadium is going to be the first open-air stadium to host the Super Bowl during these cold months.

It doesn’t have to be a hassle to be a great NFL fan.  You can find tips and tools for travel when you pick up your RV, making a trip as easy as possible.  When going to the Super Bowl, you’ll want a great home base for your adventure and the ideal spot is the Liberty Harbor Marina & RV Park.  This park is only 20 minutes away in Jersey City, New Jersey.  The park is one of the few in this region that is open all year round.  There are full hookup sites, a dump station, and restrooms with hot showers.  It is also near the light rails so you can get around with ease.

From your campground next to Liberty Harbor, you can get to Manhattan and see the sights. Just plan for your trip by taking the little extra time required for more fun!  Of course, the stadium where the Super Bowl takes place is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex.  Stick around after the game for other thrills, such as the Monster Jam on February 14 and 15.  Have you ever seen the Harlem Globetrotters?  It’s time to do so, and you can on February 17 at Meadowlands IZOD Center.

When coming to East Rutherford for the Super Bowl, remember, there will be no tailgating parties allowed.  Therefore, any “tailgating” will have to take place right in your campground with like-minded folks and before catching transport to the stadium.

Attendees cannot park away from the stadium and walk to the game, as no foot traffic will be allowed in.  There will be only 13,000 parking spots available for fans.  You can come to the stadium by light rail with a special pass or be dropped off by bus.  Cars will not be allowed to leave once dropping off any attendees.

If you get your Super Bowl tickets before they are sold out, you can look forward to a great game, marvelous entertainment, and a crowd who will enthusiastically cheer on their favorite team.  At halftime, you will enjoy a performance by Bruno Mars.  Don’t wait – get those tickets now and rent your RV for the trip.

For information on booking an RV Trip in or near Rutherford, New Jersey – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of New Jersey, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The picture of MetLife Stadium is from Vincent Santore on Flicker Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Tailgating Recipes Perfect for RV Tailgating Parties

A tailgate party in an RV can be one of the best ways to tailgate, with the convenience of a motorhome kitchen and an enclosed space to cook in any weather. Tailgating is in full swing right now and it’s time to get out there and enjoy. Here are some tasty recipes perfect for RV tailgating and partying.

Naturally, breakfast is an important part of a tailgating adventure. Fixing a delicious first-meal-of-the-day will go a long way toward warming up you and yours for the exciting times ahead. Try the Chorizo and Potatoes with Roasted Peppers and Egg for a quick feast. You can cook them up right on your RV stovetop in twenty-five minutes. Pretty delicious with chorizo, potatoes, red peppers, and eggs!

Slow Cooker

Slow Cookers Make Game Day Meals Easy

The chips are coming out in short order and you will have to have some sort of yummy dip! One great choice is the recipe for Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon to please every one of the tailgaters joining your festivities. You can start it in plenty of time for snacking. Cooking bacon, and then mixing the onion, spinach, red sweet pepper and garlic in a slow cooker… well, be prepared for a taste delight. With twenty-four servings, there will be enough for everybody!

Ensure you put appetizers on the menu! Mini Muffulettas make the perfect taste treat before dinner. You won’t have to prepare them before you leave when you make them up in your RV kitchen. The ingredients will all travel well in your refrigerator, too, so you can fix up these servings just before ready to eat.

An entrée for all ages is the Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Tortilla Soup which you can put on in the morning and have it ready before kickoff. The southwestern flavor may be reminiscent of old-time cowboy days, but this may be just the ambience you would like for your tailgating party. Turn your cooker on high for faster cooking time. Whichever setting you choose, the combination of red pepper, corn, tomato, garlic, chili and chicken is something that will soothe the wildest appetites.

If the men want a real meat-and-potatoes meal, serve up the Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew! This is another dinner entrée which calms the savage hunger any time of day. It will take five to six hours to cook on the high setting on your slow cooker, which may work out better than the low setting for ten or eleven hours. It depends how early you begin preparation and when you want to eat! But meat, potatoes and veggies all combine to make this a complete and filling meal.

Of course, if your diners want some pork, you can cook up the Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork in six to ten hours. This is not just any pulled pork recipe but deliciously flavored with brown sugar, chili powder and cinnamon. Yum! You can also serve the pork in many different ways, such as in a sandwich, on nachos or… get creative!

And last but not by any means least is dessert! Peanut Butter-Caramel Candy Bites with Colorful Candies will fill the bill. The perfect ending to a perfect tailgating party!

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Northern California Tailgating can be an RV Adventure

Tailgating is a great way to spend some time. Celebrating your time away at a big game offers the opportunity of getting together with friends and meeting new folks who share your sense of fun. Northern California has some great tailgating parties coming up and you won’t want to miss one of them. Going in an RV is more than half the fun, too!

Bulldog Stadium

Bulldog Stadium, Fresno CA

The first place to head is Candlestick Park or “The Stick” as it is affectionately called. As the seats begin to fill, you’ll discover waiting for kickoff is a big part of the experience. Since Candlestick Park is likely to be replaced by a new stadium soon, it might be good to get out here for a game or two before the move. You will want to make memories at this park so you can brag later to your friends about how wonderful fun you had at this 49ers stadium.

The 49ers will play the Carolina Panthers on the 10th of November, the St. Louis Rams on the 1st of December, the Seattle Seahawks on the 8th and finally the Atlanta Falcons on 23 December. First hit the Grand Plaza for all sorts of entertainment and food, and then begin your tailgating in the parking lot. If you have a traditional space, get there early to claim your spot.

Then in Berkeley, you can visit Memorial Stadium and head nearby to Maxwell Field for the tailgating. It is called Tailgate Town and starts three hours prior to the big kick-off. You will find a beer garden adds to the celebration! This is one big event, and be sure to note the times of the games – 2 November for Berkeley vs. Arizona and 9 November for Berkeley battling USC.

The California Bears will make your wait for kickoff worthwhile, but what the real entertainment is – tailgating. You won’t find much tailgating right next to the stadium but Maxwell Field is just north and offers the best in fan parties.

Tailgating at O.oc Coliseum takes place until right after kickoff. At that point there is no more consumption of food or beverages. You won’t be able to sneak a peek at the action via television or any other electronic device. So resign yourself to seeing the game live! You could have a worse fate!

Watch the Oakland Raiders vs. the Eagles on 9 November and against the Titans on 12 November. The Raiders play the Chiefs on 15 December and the Denver Broncos on 17 December.

It’s time for college football at AT&T Park. This is an exciting place to come for fall tailgating parties. Pac-12 vs. BYU is happening on the 27th of December. Bring your jackets and sweats and enjoy some drinking and partying with friends and neighbors. Don’t spend it at home watching everything on ESPN. Get out there and join in the celebrations. Park an RV in the Bus Lot and walk over to lot C or D to tailgate with your buddies.

If you head Fresno way, you’ll find more tailgating opportunities at the Bulldog Stadium where Fresno will challenge Nevada on November 2 and New Mexico on November 23. Traveling around and becoming part of the tailgate tradition in Northern California is something you definitely want to have on your list of great things to do this year.

Picture credits: The picture of Bulldog Stadium is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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October and November RV Tailgating in the Southeast

Partying has never been better and it is particularly spectacular when you enjoy some tailgating parties in Florida and Georgia during October and November. Hit up the best football games and make this a time to meet up with like-minded folks and go wild. Tailgating includes such activities as grilling or barbecuing, consuming plenty of good food and drinking. Don’t forget your paraphernalia, such as team tokens and flags.

At EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, drive into Lot Q Drive which is known as the tailgating lot, but is restricted to those with season tickets. RV parking is at the Fairgrounds. Another lot is called Tailgaters Parking and opens up four hours before kickoff time. It is on Talleyrand Avenue.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers flag

Buccaneers Flag

So now that you are in Jacksonville, it’s time to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars at work. They play the Chargers on October 20th, and there will be a huge block party at the Arena as well, with live music and fireworks. On November 17th the Jaguars will play the Cardinals and this is certainly a game you won’t want to miss.

The sun seems to always be shining in Miami and thus this is a perfect place to go for a tailgating party. The Sun Life Stadium is in Miami Gardens and there is a lot on the west side of the stadium which is especially for RVs. Tailgating is wonderful in an RV motorhome and you will join in fun and celebrations with others as you wait for the game.

There is a long list of games to look forward to and you’ll have time to gather together your family and friends so you can arrive in plenty of time. The Miami Dolphins are playing the Cincinnati Bengals on 31 October. Of course, you can also go to watch the Miami Hurricanes battle the Virginia Tech Hokies on the 9th of November. More games you might wish to attend are the Miami Dolphins versus the San Diego Chargers on the 17th of November and the Dolphins against the Carolina Panthers on the 24th.

Driving up the west coast of Florida will bring you to Tampa Bay and the Raymond James Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway. On event days you can buy tickets at the office from 8 am to 5 pm and enjoy tailgating in Lot 8. You may also like a tailgating party at Al Lopez Park if you like the shade of some beautiful oak trees.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be playing the Carolina Panthers on the 24th of October, so you better make your way there as soon as possible. Hang around until the 26th and you can see Louisville versus USF. Then the Miami Dolphins are challenging the Buccaneers on the 11th of November. More games are happening, but definitely put on your itinerary to see the Buccaneers battle the Atlanta Falcons on November 17.

Next stop will be the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Head for Philips Lot on Foundry Street for the tailgating parking spot! The Atlanta Falcons will play the Atlanta Falcons on the 20th of October, the Seattle Seahawks on the 10th of November and the New Orleans Saints on the 21st of November. Make the rounds, enjoy the games, and most of all – have the tailgating time of your life!

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RVing to Two of the Big Bowl Games

College football and RVs are a wonderful match. They are a wonderful way to get to the game, a great and inexpensive place to stay when you get there, and for those stadiums that allow it, a great way to tailgate.

With Bowl season in full swing we thought that we would highlight an RV trip to two of the big ones…

The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl is the oldest of all of the bowl games and a must see at least once event for any rabid college football fan. On January 1, 2011 the number 5 BCS ranked Wisconsin Badgers will square off against the number 3 BCS ranked TCU Horned Frogs at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

For the RV traveler, one- to three-day RV parking for the Tournament of Roses parade and Rose Bowl Game is provided by Sharp Seating. A shuttle will operate from 10 a.m. until approximately two hours after the game. Motorhome parking at the stadium is very limited and available on a first come first served basis.

The BCS Championship Game
This year the BCS Championship Game will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Playing in this year’s game are two high-scoring, undefeated powerhouses – the Oregon Ducks (12-0) from the Pac-10 and the Auburn Tigers (13-0) from the SEC. With two high-powered offenses, the game could be a high scoring affair.

While the stadium has limited parking for “oversized” vehicles, there are several RV parks within 25 minutes of the stadium that you may wish to consider making your home base:

  1. Covered Wagon RV Park in Phoenix
  2. Desert Shadows in Phoenix

…and if you need an RV for either of these two events, our Santa Fe Springs RV Rental location can help you out for the Rose Bowl and our Phoenix RV Rental location can help you out for the BCS championship game…

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Football RV Tailgating

From Pop Warner to NFL, football is one sport that inspires obsession in its fans. They’ll travel long distances, sit through freezing temperatures and dress in outrageous costumes, just to show loyalty for their favorite teams. One thing they really go all out for is RV tailgating. You won’t believe some of the things that football fans cook when they’ve got an assist from a well-equipped RV.

RV Tailgating Recipes
The things hardcore tailgating fans eat before the big game usually have their roots in the region’s culture. In the Southeast, for example, football stadium parking lots may be the place to find outstanding seafood on the grill or a pot of jambalaya heating up. Travel to the West Coast, and you might share fish tacos or stuffed jalapennos with your fellow RV tailgating fans.

The possibilities for tailgate party cuisine are endless, especially with the convenience of an RV kitchen. With today’s first-rate RV appliances, you can prep, bake and boil to your heart’s content while the tailgaters in the next parking space struggle to light their grill.

Here are some perennial favorites to prepare on game day, but feel free to add your own special touches. Make note of what makes your football fans cheer, so you’ll be ready for next season.

  • Create a burger bar grill side and add condiments and sides that express your culinary flair (think goat cheese crumbles, homemade pickles and Vidalia onion rings).
  • Thrill seafood fans by boiling shrimp, grilling salmon or pan frying catfish nuggets. Add your signature seafood sauce and big pans of hushpuppies and slaw, and you’ve got a touchdown on your hands.
  • Beat the heat at warm weather games with cool pasta, fruit and vegetable salads. Marinate steaks overnight in a teriyaki, green onion and garlic mixture and throw them on the grill just before you’re ready to serve.
  • Hollow the centers of portabellos and fill them with chopped crabmeat, goat cheese and diced red pepper. A few minutes grilled on a piece of foil and you’ve got a side dish your friends will line up for.
  • Create a sausage smorgasbord by grilling brats, Italian sausages and kielbasa. Add grilled green pepper and onion slices, sauerkraut and several varieties of mustard to an assortment of hearty rolls for an unforgettable RV tailgating party.
  • Don’t forget the desserts! Cookies, brownies, fruit kabobs or hot apple turnovers…there’s no limit to the sweet endings you can create for your tailgate parties. Just remember to keep them easy-to-eat and be sure to make plenty to share.

And we haven’t even talked about special tailgating beverages. Depending on your preferences (and your favorite stadium’s policies) you can prepare crowd-pleasing drinks with or without alcohol. Share a washtub full of cold beers with your crowd, mix up a pitcher of sweet tea or brew a big pot of coffee to fend off the chill of a snowy day. Find a drink to match your menu and you’ll soon have your own cheering section!

There’s plenty of time to plan next season’s RV tailgating menus. Check websites like and for even more recipe ideas. Test drive new recipes to make sure they’re winners before you roll up to the stadium. With a little practice, you’ll soon have your fan club cheering you on each time you start game day with your RV tailgating specialties

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