RV Tailgating—It’s Time to Join the Crowd!

Are you one of the twenty to sixty million Americans who throw tailgate parties at concerts, NASCAR races and sporting events each year? If not, it’s time to join the crowd!  

Among the millions who set up gourmet grills, taco tables and finger food buffets before during and after the big event, you might be surprised to learn who’s in the next parking spot. The majority (fifty-nine percent) have college degrees and fall between the ages of twenty-five and forty-four.

Love to grill? You’re in good company! Ninety percent of parking lot chefs break out the grill as part of their treasured tailgating routine. Don’t own a vehicle that doubles as a mobile kitchen? No problem! An RV rental makes it easy and affordable to plan and prepare your tailgate masterpieces.

Forget the packaged snacks and dips! Score a home run (or a touchdown!) with food your friends and family will remember. Savory salads, secret grilling sauces and mouthwatering marinades are just three of the ways to bring your tailgating crowd to its feet.

Here are some top tips for preparing memorable tailgate cuisine:

  • Go with portable foods that can make the trip down the parking lot as you visit with the rest of the fans. Sliders, mini tacos, lettuce wraps and other finger foods work well as a moveable feast.
  • With advance prep at home, your entire menu can hit the table at once. Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen after kickoff? Some foods can even be made ahead of time and kept cold in your RV’s refrigerator.
  • Get creative! With an assist from your handy RV kitchen, this is the perfect time to pull out the stops and treat your fellow fans to flavorful side dishes, salads and desserts, as well as your taste bud teasing main course.
  • Support your team! What can you prepare that brings your team to mind—KU Quesadillas, Crimson Tide Crab Salad or 49’er Gold Shrimp Nuggets? You might just start a tradition!

Who knows? Your tailgate party could make it to the game highlights for your friends and family. As a matter of fact, thirty five percent of tailgaters don’t actually attend the game, they’re so busy having fun in the parking lot!

So, let’s run down the game plan for successful RV tailgating:

  • Book your RV rental as soon as you buy your tickets.
  • Check the stadium or venue’s tailgating rules and always respect the space of fellow tailgaters.
  • Plan creative, easy to cook recipes for maximum game day enjoyment.
  • Don’t forget to tie your menu to your team!

Bring your best game to RV tailgating—it’s easy with a well-equipped RV kitchen and creative, easy to eat menus. No matter if the big event is a concert, ball game or NASCAR race, a tailgate party always adds to the excitement. Isn’t it time you joined the party in the parking lot?

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Gear Up for your Best Year of NFL RV Tailgating Ever!

If you’re one of the super-fans who always tailgates at local NFL games, you’re already planning your tailgating menus. But even if you’re a newbie to the NFL RV tailgating world, it’s not too late to get in on the fun. Here’s the game plan for your best year of NFL RV tailgating ever.   tailgating_shutterstock_173859410

Play #1: Choose Your Mobile Kitchen: It all starts with a great RV, doesn’t it? If you’re blessed with a motorhome of your own, jump to play #2! If not, reserve your RV rental now for game day(s). Even if you’re planning to do most of your cooking outside, having the space an RV kitchen offers for food prep and storage will make all the difference in tailgating success.

Play #2: Know Your Stadium: To plan well for game day, you’ll need to know which lots allow tailgating, whether there’s a fee for parking there and how early you can set up your mobile kitchen. Check the website for your favorite NFL teams to get the rulebook on RV tailgating.

Play #3: Plan Your RV Tailgating Menus: Can you believe the food NFL fans manage to serve in a parking lot? We’ve heard of RV tailgating chefs creating appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts that would make a first-rate restaurant proud. From bacon-wrapped-anything to salmon salad hors d’oeuvres, there’s a recipe waiting to be tested by the crowd. Scour your favorite recipe sites and cookbooks for menus that will tempt your football-loving friends.

Bonus Point: Build your fame as a tailgating chef by inventing team-centered names for your creations.

Play #4: Stock Your RV Tailgating Kitchen: Once the menu’s been planned, it’s time to shop for ingredients, plan for food safety and choose your cooking equipment and utensils. Consider travel time and local climate when planning for food safety at the stadium. “Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold” is the rule of the day when feeding NFL fans on the pavement.

Will you be grilling, slow cooking, deep frying or setting up a baked potato bar? Walk through your menus ahead of time and make a list of the utensils, equipment, serving dishes and other essentials for serving up your tailgating specialties. This play saves last minute panic in the parking lot and ensures a successful day of tailgating.

Your last play is purchasing the groceries you’ll need to build your tailgating specialties. Don’t forget the seasonings! Bonus Point: When shopping for ingredients, take advantage of local produce, seafood and meats for robust regional flavor on game day.

Tailgating in an RV adds a whole new layer of excitement to NFL football. Know the playbook for your stadium, pick the right RV for the task and plan your menus for maximum fun. You’ll have plenty of room in the motorhome for equipment, food storage and super fan bling. It’s going to be another great tailgating season for US pro football fans!

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RV Travel and Tailgating at NCAA Football!

If you’re a diehard college football fan, you’re already counting the days until NCAA football tailgating begins. In 2015, that date is August 29, when the North Dakota State Bison battle it out with the Montana Grizzlies in Missoula. There’s still time to buy tickets for your favorite college games and stock up for all your RV tailgating favorites! Here’s your step-by-step guide.

Step One: Pick Your Games

College FootballIf you’ve got season tickets for your favorite college teams, awesome! If you’re not that fortunate, it’s high time to order tickets. Whether you’re hitting the road to enjoy FBS or FCS football, use this link to find NCAA football schedules and then secure your seats at the games.


Step Two: Know Your Tailgating Guidelines

Football fans love tailgate parties and most stadiums love to accommodate the fun. The best recipe for football RV tailgating is knowing where and when fans can set up their mobile kitchens. Check the website for the stadiums you’ll be visiting—that’s where you’ll find tailgating tips and guidelines.

Step Three: Pick Your Transportation

Will you be traveling long distance to ‘away’ games or watching a game just down the road? Next question: what kind of college football tailgating do you most enjoy—gourmet grilling and serving up exotic sides or setting up a quick picnic in the parking lot?

Knowing if you’ll need overnight accommodations and how you plan to party pregame will help you pick your best transportation for game day. RV comfort and affordability make football weekends even more enjoyable. And you can’t beat the convenience and versatility of preparing tailgating favorites in an RV kitchen. Prep your RV now for game day, and if you need help with an RV rental, we’re here!

Step Four: Pick Your Tailgating Menus

Send one through the goal posts this college football season by creating your best RV tailgating menus ever. It’s easy when you consider three things: how will you be cooking, how much time will you have and who will you be serving?

Will you be bringing the grill along? Everything from salmon to bacon-wrapped brats can be grilled at the stadium. Does the family love foil packet specialties or do they cheer when you break out the tailgate pizza? It’s all possible with your great plan for groceries and gear. Lucky for you there’s plenty of storage in an RV kitchen!

Here’s a handy guide to tailgating recipes you’ll want to try out on your fan base.

Step Five: Show your College Football Pride

Dress up your RV tailgating space with plenty of team bling to ramp up the pregame frenzy. Check your local fan merchandise stores or your team’s licensed apparel website for banners, flags, cookware and apparel. The crowd will go wild!

What could be better than sharing great food at the stadium with your favorite college football fans? Pick your games, buy your tickets, find the right RV and plan for exceptional RV tailgating meals. It’s NCAA football time!

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RV to the Super Bowl This Year

Planning to attend the Feb. 1, 2015 Super Bowl but need help finding accommodations? Here’s an idea—why not RV to the Super Bowl this year? Renting a motorhome offers football fans flexibility, comfort and affordability as they travel to enjoy the big game.football

We’ve gathered the facts you’ll need to know to get the most out of your 2015 Super Bowl RV Adventure to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Here’s the game plan:

Where to Rent an RV: El Monte has locations all over the US, including one right in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here to find the El Monte RV Rental location most convenient for your trip.

What an RV Rental Offers Football Fans: You could try to find a last minute hotel room somewhere in the Phoenix metro area, but why bother when a motorhome offers all the comforts of home to Super Bowl fans? Convenient RV kitchens allow you to prepare all your favorite foods and beverages as you camp along your way to Arizona. Skip the fast food and save your money for Game Day!

Depending on the RV models available at the nearest El Monte RV Rental location, you’ll find sleeping accommodations to suit everyone along for the ride to Phoenix. Just let us know how many fans you’ll be traveling with and we’ll help you choose the right RV for the trip.

Where to Camp in the Phoenix Area: Camping in the Phoenix area is your gateway not only to Super Bowl excitement but also dozens of attractions to enjoy before and after Game Day. Use this convenient list of Arizona RV campgrounds to start your search for the perfect Super Bowl home base.

More about RV Camping to the Super Bowl: Traveling by RV to the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, AZ will be an adventure you’ll long remember. Here are some tips for making it your best trip ever:

  • Call and reserve your RV rental AND your campsite now, to avoid last minute hassles.
  • Use the com highway conditions site to monitor weather and driving conditions during your trip.
  • You can use this link to learn more about parking and restrictions in the official Super Bowl parking areas.
  • Use the same link to get the official word on whether tailgating will be allowed at the 2015 Super Bowl. Whether it is or not, you’re going to have a great excuse throughout your trip to break out your favorite tailgating recipes! Plan your menu for the road using these recipes for delicious RV tailgating.
  • Don’t miss the other events being hosted throughout downtown Phoenix to honor the big game. Super Bowl Central is a free, family-friendly outdoor festival open nightly from Jan. 28 to Game Day with concerts, fireworks, autograph opportunities and plenty of vendors to feed your Super Bowl fix! You can also purchase tickets for the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center for the ultimate in football fan immersion.

Traveling by motorhome to the Super Bowl makes the ultimate NFL football experience even better. Use these tips to plan your trip, and contact us right now to get the right RV rental for your adventure.

Picture credits: The photo shown was found on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons license.

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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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