Another Labor Day has come and gone, the kids are back in school, and the weather is turning. For many, it is time to winterize the RV and place it in storage for the winter. But wait! College and professional football season has just begun, and that means one thing: RV tailgating!
If you have never tailgated before, here are a few tips to get you started.
Arrive early with plenty of time to beat the crowds and score the best tailgate space next to where the action is.
Be respectful of those around you. Don’t infringe on anyone else’s territory audibly or physically. Everyone wants to enjoy their time before the game, so be a friendly neighbor by setting the volume of your music or other electronic noises to an appropriate level.
Think about where the smoke will drift before getting things warmed up and throwing on the burgers and brats. What may smell good to you may not be such a pleasing aroma to your neighbor.
Will you need to run your generator to power your tailgating needs? Crock Pots, microwaves, rotisserie, flat-screen TVs, etc. will all likely need more power than your batteries or inverter can deliver.
Older and inexpensive generators, especially those designed for contractors, typically run at a constant high speed, no matter how much power you’re using, which wastes fuel and is noisy.
Consider using a newer model that can adjust the engine speed to match your power needs. This allows for greater efficiency and produces less noise or fumes that could bother your neighbors.
When using a generator, be aware that engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a poisonous odorless gas that can be deadly.
Always operate your portable generator outside with its exhaust pointed far away from areas occupied by you or your tailgating neighbors. Fuel is flammable so never refuel a hot or running generator.
Being exposed to cold, heat, sun, and the elements while tailgating or during the game requires extra safety precautions. In cool, wet weather, dress in layers with an outer shell that will repel precipitation and wind. If the sun is out, protect yourself from harmful UV rays with sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Be ready for illness or emergencies by keeping a basic first aid kit in your RV.
Food is a big part of tailgating, so remember the safety rules you observe at home still apply while tailgating. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Refrigerate leftovers in a timely manner.
If you must drink alcohol while tailgating or at the game, make certain to have a designated driver to get your RV and tailgating friends home safely.
Exiting after the game is over? Will you need to get home right away or can you linger as the crowds disperse? Having your RV parked near an exit and aimed in the right direction assures you can escape ahead of the crowd at the end of the game.
Safely tailgating with family and friends… just another great adventure in RVing!
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
John Brenn says
Invest in a geni-tube for the gen set exhaust.