Tailgating RV Style: The Next Four

We’re less than two weeks away from the opening of the 2015 college football season. It’s been a long, cold winter and a hot summer waiting for the season to get here, but it’ll be worth it once the nation’s best teams hit the gridiron again.

Auburn (Courtesy tailgateman.com)
Auburn (Courtesy tailgateman.com)

While your favorite players are preparing for the season, you should be preparing, too—for tailgating. Done properly, college football is an all-day experience, from loading up your car with the day’s supplies to the celebration following a thrilling victory for your team.

Tailgating is a huge part of that equation. Great food, beverages, and friends all make tailgating special, and there’s no better place to do it than at a college football game. Some places do it a little bit better than others, though.

In an earlier post on Vogel Talks RVing, we detailed the top four tailgating schools in college football. In today’s post we look at the next four.


In Auburn, Alabama, football is religion. And the faithful have an incredible cathedral in Jordan-Hare Stadium, which will get even better this fall. Jordan-Hare seats 87,451 and will add the largest scoreboard in college football this season.

It’s the epitome of a Southern football experience, and Auburn fans get there early—like, days early—in their RVs, parking near Jordan-Hare and soaking up the feeling of college football in the SEC.

Auburn fans are friendly and cook a wide variety of foods, and they’re also friendly to visitors, offering a “War Eagle” to all passerby. If you love football and a good party, Auburn is not to be missed.

Texas (Courtesy gamedayr.com)
Texas (Courtesy gamedayr.com)


With a 6-7 record in 2014, the first season of Texas’ Charlie Strong experience wasn’t what any of the involved parties wanted. But that won’t change the enthusiasm around Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, which seats 100,119 and is one of the nation’s nicest facilities, reflecting Texas’ rich athletic coffers.

Texas’ tailgating scene is large, rowdy, and somewhat spread out, as the university is located in Austin, which has a population of 912,000. If you’re in town for football, find some barbeque from one of the city’s best BBQ joints like Franklin Barbeque, or head out to Lockhart, the Barbecue Capital of Texas. Centennial Park, which is just across the street from the Erwin Center, Texas’ basketball arena, is an epicenter for tailgating, although not the only popular area.

Spend a Saturday tailgating in Austin with Longhorns fans, and there’s a good chance you’ll be hooked.


Clemson (Courtesy tailgatershandbook.com)
Clemson (Courtesy tailgatershandbook.com)

Over the last seven years, Dabo Swinney has transformed Clemson into one of the nation’s best programs, with four consecutive seasons with at least 10 wins. That makes Clemson an elite program, but the truth is that the football is only catching up to the tailgating experience.

Memorial Stadium, which seats 81,500, will add an Oculus to its already impressive recent renovations. Clemson has an SEC-style game-day experience, with some fans arriving days before the game in their RVs to claim the best tailgating spots. On game day, stadium lots are full of fans who grill and put out amazing spreads of food that they’re happy to share with others.

Just make sure you’re in your seat in time to see the Tigers run down the east-end-zone hill in what Brent Musburger dubbed “the most exciting 25 seconds in college football.”

South Carolina

South Carolina (Courtesy ilovetotailgate.com)
South Carolina (Courtesy ilovetotailgate.com)

Last fall was a big disappointment in Columbia, with South Carolina’s four-year streak of 11-win seasons coming to an end with a 7-6 season. That certainly hasn’t dampened enthusiasm surrounding USC’s program, however.

Williams-Brice Stadium, which seats 80,250, is set away from South Carolina’s campus in what could be described as an industrial area of Columbia. However, on fall Saturdays, it comes alive with garnet-and-black-clad fans who flock from all over the Palmetto State to support the Gamecocks.

The centerpieces of the area are the Cockabooses, 22 tricked-out, repurposed former train cars which sit on a stretch of retired track near Willy-Brice. They attract the attention of college football fans on a regular basis and sell for up to $300,000 (in the rare event one comes on the market, that is).

Worth Pondering…

What started out with a few sandwiches and a couple of beers before the game…has evolved the tailgate party into great American sports tradition.

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Tailgating RV Style: The Top Four

Tailgating and football go hand in hand, but on college campuses around the country, the fans often take it to another level. The union of football and tailgating is a marriage celebrated every Saturday with a “renewal of vows.”

Ole Miss (Courtesy of live.oxfordms.com)
Ole Miss (Courtesy of live.oxfordms.com)

It’s a combination of passionate, lifelong fans, the excitement of young college crowds, and of course, the good ol’ pigskin.

Another college football season is almost here. Get out the grill, stock up the cooler, and let the party begin!

Here’s a look at the top four tailgating schools in college football. This is not a scientific list, but rather one that was ranked based on, err…OK, my biases.

Ole Miss

Mississippi is home to the legendary Grove, Ole Miss’ tailgating location for generations. A 10-acre, tree-lined area which does not allow automobiles, the Grove is a mecca for Rebel fans and one of the most unique tailgating environments in college football.

Tailgating and football have been one and the same here since the game first took hold over 100 years ago. Unlike some places where the fans are rowdy, the atmosphere at the Grove is welcoming, family-friendly, and even “sublime.”

2014 was a special year in Oxford. With coach Hugh Freeze’s guidance, Ole Miss finally had a football team worthy of its tailgating success. The Rebels won nine games and upset then-No. 1 Alabama at home, sending The Grove into convulsions of excitement.

You can find all sorts of Southern food there and a genteel atmosphere that lends itself to incredible people-watching. Tailgating goes above and beyond at Ole Miss. It’s a must-do for any serious college football fan.

LSU (Courtesy of LSU)
LSU (Courtesy of LSU)


If you have a college football bucket list, an LSU home game has to be on the list. It’s one of the most unique and raucous environments in college football, both for the experience inside Tiger Stadium and the atmosphere that surrounds it.

Tiger Stadium seats 102,321, which makes it the fifth-largest city in Louisiana on game days. LSU fans are rabid, arriving well before games in their RVs and setting up tailgates across campus well before kickoff on Saturday.

Louisiana knows how to do one thing better than any state in the country—Cajun! The dishes you’ll see prepared on a Saturday outside the stadium are truly amazing. Not only do you have some of the nation’s best fans, but they bring the absolute best food to the table too—duck, gumbo, sausage, craw fish, etouffee, and grilled alligator.

The food might be better than the football. LSU fans are friendly and willing to share with visitors, and they cook numerous Cajun and Creole dishes that are a delight to the senses. It’s a unique experience and may be the best in college football.


Alabama (Courtesy bamahammer.com)
Alabama (Courtesy bamahammer.com)

Since his arrival eight years ago, Nick Saban has done plenty to restore Alabama to national relevance, most notably with three national championships. But even before Saban came to town, the Crimson Tide already boasted a rabid fan base. His success has only ignited their fervor.

Following a recent expansion, Bryant-Denny Stadium now boasts a seating capacity of 101,821, and Crimson Tide football remains one of the toughest tickets to get in America.

It’s also a fun tailgating experience, with some fans arriving days in advance to claim parking spots for their large motorhomes.

Chances are, you’ll hear more than your share of “Sweet Home Alabama” and, with an Alabama win, the famous “Rammer Jammer” chant. It’s a must for any serious college football fan.

Texas A&M

Texas A&M (Courtesy youtube.com)
Texas A&M (Courtesy youtube.com)

The fans at Texas A&M have been compared to a cult. They take their football so seriously that the old saying “Football is a religion in Texas” couldn’t possibly ring truer.

Texas A&M is only beginning its fourth season in the SEC, but the Aggies have shown they’re a perfect fit for the league on the field and in the tailgates. College Station lives for Aggie football, and it starts on Friday nights before home games with Midnight Yell practice.

Following a recent $450 million renovation, Kyle Field seats 102,512 fans, making it the SEC’s largest stadium and the fourth-largest in college football.

Be sure to try some brisket and beer while you’re in town, and don’t forget to visit the gravesite of A&M’s Reveille collie mascots outside Kyle Field, which famously has a working scoreboard on site.

Worth Pondering…

Graham is as Southern as black-eyed peas, scuppernong wine, she-crab soup, Crimson Tide tailgating and a dog with ticks. She is so relentlessly Southern she makes me feel that I was born in Minnesota!

—Pat Conroy

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Tailgating &Carbon Monoxide Dangers

You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it, but carbon monoxide causes about 400 deaths in America each year. Further, carbon monoxide poisoning sends some 20,000 people to the emergency room each year.

carbon-monoxide-poisoningAs thousands pull into Birmingham for this weekend’s 63rd Annual Magic City Class, authorities are reminding tailgaters to stay safe and vigilant if they are in recreational vehicles.

“We know that many fans will be attending the football game, indulging in the festivities, and spending a considerable time in their campers and RVs,” said Birmingham Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis.

Authorities began to issue the reminders after a man died last year while camping at Talladega Superspeedway. Craig Franklin Morgan, 46, and his wife, Jami Allison Morgan, 38, were found unresponsive by friends in their RV at the South Campground outside the track. Craig Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife survived. Authorities said the poisoning appeared to be the result of an exhaust system malfunction.

And three years ago last month, five bikers in Clarksville, Tennessee, all died of carbon monoxide poisoning during a camping trip at the Clarksville Speedway.

Back in March, a couple was killed when carbon monoxide filled their RV at the KOA campground near Opryland. They forgot to turn off a burner on the stove.

Officials are using these incidents to raise awareness about the potential dangers.

carbon-monoxide-detectors-mandatory“Anytime you’re burning something, be it a propane grill, be it a kerosene lantern, anytime you’re burning something, carbon monoxide is released,” said Paul Petersen, director of the Emergency Preparedness program for the Tennessee Department of Health.

Officials offered these safety tips for campers and tailgaters to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning while enjoying the Classic weekend and other tailgating events.

Check your carbon monoxide detector and smoke detector regularly and change the batteries as needed.

Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: Headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, confused, and sleepy.

Park your RV so that the exhaust can easily dissipate away from the vehicle—do not park next to high grass or weeds, buildings, or other obstructions.

Do not sleep with the generator operating.

Leave a roof vent open any time the generator is running (even during winter).

Install an exhaust stack pipe on your RV’s exhaust tail pipe and on your generator’s exhaust piping.

Inspect generator and propane tank connections for leaks and breaks before using.

Turn off all appliances after use.

Have an emergency exit plan: know where the emergency exits are and be sure everyone can open them.

carbon-monoxide-gas-safetyMake sure you know how to quickly disconnect all power sources in the event of an emergency.

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately and then call 911.

When stopping for long periods of time, be aware of other vehicles around you that may have engines, refrigerators, or generators running.

Yellow flames in propane-burning appliances (coach heaters, stoves, ovens, water heaters, etc.) indicate a lack of oxygen—determine the cause and correct it immediately.

Be aware that shifting winds can cause exhaust to blow away from the coach at one moment, but under the coach in the next moment.

If you do not feel well, do not be fooled into thinking it is because you have been driving too long, you ate too much, or you are suffering from motion sickness—shut off the generator and step outside for fresh air.

Have your built-in vacuum cleaner inspected to ensure that it does not exhaust on the underside of your RV.

Carbon Monoxide: Symptoms & Treatment
Carbon Monoxide: Symptoms & Treatment

Everyone is more vulnerable at high altitudes.

Consider parking in a “no generator” zone at RV rallies.

Worth Pondering…

Remember, safety is no accident.

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Never Run Out of Propane With GasWatch

The new Smart GasWatch Scale makes sure you never run out of propane, a true “peace of mind” innovation that will keep the BBQ grill fired up while camping in the RV or tailgating.

Never Run Out of Propane With GasWatch
Never Run Out of Propane With GasWatch

“Summer may be ending soon, but many households rely on the grill year ‘round and the new Smart GasWatch Scale is ideal for BBQ grills and wintertime heaters that use propane tanks as a source of fuel,” said Shaliendra Suman, the North Carolina technology entrepreneur who first introduced an analog version of GasWatch product 10 years ago.

“This week, we’re introducing two new models of the Smart GasWatch Scale and both are available now on Amazon.com, and at GasWatch.com.”

The original GasWatch Model TVL212, which is still available, uses an analog gauge to estimate remaining fuel in a propane tank.

“We first introduced the GasWatch gauges as a simple way to solve a very frustrating problem—running out of propane in the middle of a cookout,” said Suman, who was recognized this year by the Mayor of Charlotte with an Entrepreneur of the Year award.

“Now we’ve enhanced GasWatch to offer a simple and cost-effective way to keep an eye on how much gas is left in the tank just by monitoring the weight of the tank itself. For about the cost of a single tank refill, you can always know how much cooking time is left on your current tank.”

Never Run Out of Propane With GasWatch
Never Run Out of Propane With GasWatch

The new GasWatch Digital Scale provides peace of mind with a digital display of how much gas remains in the propane tank, a real-time calculation of remaining cooking time, and convenient audible alerts at the 20 percent, 15 percent, and 10 percent remaining fuel levels. Since the GasWatch Digital Scale simply measures tank weight, it is very accurate and safe to use, said Suman.

“We designed the new Smart GasWatch Scale to fit into most grill cabinets and patio heaters, and it is built to withstand ever-changing weather conditions,” said Suman.

“The new GasWatch is easy to set up and requires no tools. Simply place the tank on the scale, select the tank weight and the scale is ready-to-go.”

There is no connection to the propane tank so there is no worry of any type of leakage with this product. The tank just sits on the scale.

If your grill has a cabinet it fits neatly inside with the digital display placed outside for ease of reading.

The new Smart GasWatch Scale resembles a large plastic “doughnut” that sits under the propane tank and is available in two different models.

The basic Model TVL 216 features a digital readout fixed to the circular baseplate and is available at a suggested retail price of $24.95.

Model TVL 214 includes a 4.5 foot wire to connect the baseplate to a remote digital readout (allowing display placement closer to the cooking area) and carries a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Never Run Out of Propane With GasWatch
Never Run Out of Propane With GasWatch

How it works: The tank weight is selected on the display when the tank is placed on the scale. The display will list the percentage of gas available and the cook time remaining due to the current weight and the selected tank weight. The display also includes a low level alarm that sounds when the remaining tank weight is at 20 percent, 15 percent, and 10 percent.



Address: 165 South Trade St., Matthews NC 28105

Website: www.gaswatch.com

Worth Pondering…

I hope you dance because…

Time is a wheel.

Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along.

Tell me, who wants to look back on their years and wonder where their years have gone.

—Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, I Hope You Dance

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Briggs & Stratton Introduces P3000 Inverter Generator For Tailgating

For many sports fans, it’s “that” time of the year.

Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000

College and professional football season equate to prime time tailgating season. Fans seem to be tailgating more than ever as Tailgater Magazine estimates that 50 million people tailgate annually in North America.

Each year, tailgaters compete for the biggest and best tailgates. Besides radios, blenders, and hot plates, it’s not uncommon to find big screen TVs, gaming systems, stereos, and of course, cell phone chargers at a typical tailgate this fall. All of this electronic equipment requires portable power to keep it running.

Briggs & Stratton’s PowerSmart Series P3000 inverter generator takes tailgating to a whole new level for sports fans that require a quiet, lightweight, and fuel efficient portable generator to power all of their big game tailgating essentials, according to a company news release.

“This fall sports fans can transform their part of the parking lot into a tailgating haven with the quiet, affordable power provided by the new Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000 inverter,” said Eric Loferski, director of marketing for Briggs & Stratton Portable Power & Cleaning Systems.

“Along with its ability to provide super quiet power, the P3000 inverter is also lightweight, easy to transport and maneuver, has great run time and offers more power than the common 2,000-watt generator.”

The PowerSmart Series P3000 inverter generator delivers consistent power to run everything from the most basic tailgate essentials to higher-wattage items including:

  • Crock-pots (240 watts) and hot plates (1,200 watts)
  • Food processors (500 watts), small refrigerators (550 watts), and microwaves (1000 watts)
  • Blenders (1200 watts) and coffee makers (1,300 watts)
  • Big-screen and projector televisions (200-1,000 watts), CD/DVD players (100 watts), and radios (10 watts)
  • Electric griddles (1,500 watts) or an 8-inch electric stove (2100 watts)
  • Light bulbs (60-75 watts/each) and outdoor light strings (250 watts)
  • X-Box, Game-Cube, or Playstation (40 watts)
  • Cell phone, iPhone, iPod and iPhone battery chargers (5-25 watts)
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000

For tailgaters who need even more power, the P3000 is the first and only inverter unit from Briggs & Stratton to offer parallel capabilities, enabling tailgaters to connect two P3000 units together for nearly double the power, yet still operating at very quiet levels, Loferski explained.

“With the P3000, RV enthusiasts can also power most RV’s HVAC units, while simultaneously keeping the lights on, charging cell phones, or using some smaller portable appliances,” he explained.

The P3000 is also the first in its class to offer the combination of a USB charging port, perfect for charging cell phones, which frees up an outlet to power additional items, he noted.

The StatStation LCD display provides information on how many watts are currently being used and provides maintenance reminders. The unit’s luggage-style, lift-assist transportation system allows for easy maneuverability by one person with its telescoping handle and a twin-handle for two-person lifting.

The P3000 is the newest addition to the PowerSmart Series, joining the P2000, a 2 kW inverter generator, which launched in 2010. The Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart P3000 Inverter is the next generation of quiet, affordable power, said Loferski.


P3000 PowerSmart Series Inverter Generator

Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000

Model Number: 030545-00

Featuring computer-controlled inverter technology, the P3000 continuously adjusts engine speed to deliver more efficient, clean and quiet power for your campsite, tailgate, or other power needs. With convenience in mind, this portable generator is loaded with features such as:

  • 2600 running watts/3000 starting watts
  • 2-person carry and luggage-style telescoping handle for easy mobility
  • Parallel connector port to connect two units together for more power
  • Smarter, quieter power safe for sensitive electronics
  • Ideal for powering lights, radio, TV, small appliances, laptop/tablets, cell phones

Briggs & Stratton Corporation

In 1908, an informal partnership was formed between inventor Stephen F. Briggs and investor Harold M. Stratton. This partnership eventually developed into Briggs & Stratton as it is known today.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment.

Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North America’s number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of standby generators, along with lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity, Snapper, Ferris, and Murray brands.

Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents.

Website: www.briggsandstratton.com

Worth Pondering…

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

—Albert Einstein

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Planning an RV Rental Vacation

Recreational vehicles have become one of the most popular ways for Americans and Canadians to travel.

rent an rv
Considering the RV lifestyle? Try renting before laying down the cash. Camping in a rental Class C motorhome at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There is no time wasted rushing through the airport and dealing with delays or cancellations. Even with today’s fuel prices, RV travel is still a more economical way for families to travel than staying in hotels and eating in restaurants.

An RV vacation lets you determine your daily itinerary. Stop and stretch when you’re ready; enjoy drinks and snacks when you choose; use your own bathroom when public facilities are unavailable or unsanitary.

An RV vacation offers you the ultimate freedom to travel and explore at your own pace. You have complete control over your destination plans, including when you depart, where you travel, and what you do during your family vacation.

There are many destinations you can go as a family when taking an RV road trip. These types of vacations make it possible for families to enjoy the great outdoors, see historical sites, and spend time together sitting around the campfire. When selecting a destination, it is important to ensure there are ample activities to involve the entire family.

You can tour the continent from the Canadian Rockies to Arizona and from California to Texas, Alabama, and Georgia and everywhere in between.

RV sales continue to be strong. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports that RV manufacturers shipped almost 286,000 vehicles in 2012, with a retail value of more than $10.8 billion.

Touring Jasper National with a Fraserway RV rental
Touring Jasper National with a Fraserway RV rental. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Thanks to the popularity, RV rentals have also seen a boost.

There’s no better way to try before you buy than by renting an RV. Many people rent RVs simply for a change of pace by taking an RV trip to a special destination or event such as football tailgating or Mardi Gras.

You can rent near home and journey to your destination, or fly and pick up your RV at the other end. More than 460 national chain outlets and local RV dealerships rent RVs, including state-of-the-art, late-model-year units. A growing number of campgrounds offer on-site RV rentals as well.

Selecting the right RV rental company will take considerable research and price comparison. Before choosing a rental company, take time to speak to each company in your area to get a price quote and find out what is included with the rental.

RV rentals are available through both local and national companies. Some of the more popular national RV rental companies include Cruise America, El Monte RV, USA RV Rentals, and Camping World. The major rental companies in Canada include Canadream and Cruise Canada.

Most RV rental companies offer housekeeping packages (dishes, pots, pans, bed linens, etc.) for a nominal fee, or you can bring your own. Even if you’re driving or towing an RV for the first time, features like automatic transmissions, power steering, large external mirrors, and rear view cameras make it easy for experienced drivers to adjust to the difference in length, height, and weight.

Book your RV well in advance, especially if you plan to travel during the summer or on busy holiday weekends such as Memorial Day or Labor Day. These are the busiest times of the year.

Airstream trailer now available as a rental unit at Larimer County’s Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Campground (Credit: Steve Stoner)
Airstream trailer now available as a rental unit at Larimer County’s Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Campground (Credit: Steve Stoner)

Pre-select a few destinations and take a look at your budget. Though the cost of parking the RV for the night is less expensive than staying at a hotel, the costs for fuel and mileage can add up quickly.

Have a destination in mind before calling the RV rental company and ask for a total estimate, including rental fee and average mileage charges. Ask for several different destinations to compare rates and finally pick a location for your vacation.

It is important you understand your rights and responsibilities before signing an RV rental agreement.

When taking delivery of your rented RV, allow ample time to ensure everything is in working order and you are familiar with the operation all major systems including utility hookups (electrical, water, and sewer). Make sure you know how to hook these up before you leave on vacation and all required attachments are supplied. Check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are operational.

Check for any manuals that can help answer questions along the way and look for any noticeable damage. Make sure to point out any damage or missing items to the rental agency before leaving. This way you are not responsible for the items.

Make a check list of everything you need for your RV vacation, including what to bring and what to do before leaving.

Renting an RV is a great way to test drive the RV lifestyle experience.

Worth Pondering…

The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.

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Go RVing’s “Away” Tailgating Ad Debuts Today

Go RVing’s new “Away” ad featuring a tailgating theme will debut this weekend and continue to air throughout the fall in conjunction with college football ad buys with ESPN and CBS Sports.

gorving_tailgateTitled “Victory,” the new 30-second ad showcases how RVs are the perfect tailgate vehicle by featuring families gathered at a girls’ soccer game where they are grilling, relaxing in and around the RVs, and enjoying each other’s company, according to a Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) news release.

The voiceover, once again performed by Tom Selleck, tells viewers that “Away” is always having home field advantage even when you are miles away from home.”

The ad was shot in Denver in June and features a Fleetwood Storm type A motorhome and Cruiser RV Fun Finder travel trailer. The manufacturers were selected in a lottery to provide the vehicles.

A special 60-second version of the ad will air during ESPN’s highly rated College Gameday today (August 31).

The ad will continue to air on the program each Saturday morning through the season.

Footage of RV tailgating will lead into a Go RVing commercial in the “A” position of the program.

There will be additional exposure on ESPNU and ESPN2.

The ad will also be featured on CBS Sports coverage of college football, including sponsorship of the Thursday night Inside College Football post-game show; custom-produced “Tailgate Tradition” vignettes airing on This Week in the SEC and Inside College Football as well as online on CBSSports.com; and Road Trip Fact graphics featuring the Go RVing logo airing in 15 live college football games.

The utilization of the “Victory” ad is part of Go RVing’s focus to leverage the strong connection between RVing and college football tailgating and keep positive messages about RV travel in front of consumers throughout the year. Go RVing typically would significantly scale back advertising in the fall and early winter months.

“We are very excited about the buys with ESPN and CBS Sports” said James Ashurst, RVIA vice president of public relations and advertising.

gorving-forthemedia-mast“This audience of college football fans will be very receptive to the versatility, convenience, and family bonding messages found in the new television commercial. This is a great way to extend Go RVing’s awareness building later into the year.”

Ashurst added, “Today’s families are really involved in their kids sporting and extra-curricular activities. The new ‘Victory’ ad strongly communicates that an RV can enhance the tailgate experience and the family bonding that takes place at sporting events at any level of competition. There are beautiful exterior shots, but we also intentionally focused on kids and parents enjoying the great amenities found inside the RV. This was done to show the versatility of RVs and to compel consumers to begin thinking about RVs in a different light.”

To view Go RVing’s new “Away” ad click here.

Worth Pondering…

The universal tailgating food seems to be brats and burgers because they fit in a bun and they’re easy to cook.

—Bob Sloan

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Sports Illustrated Tailgate Tour Kicks Off this Weekend

The Sports Illustrated (SI) On Campus Tailgate Tour, presented by Go RVing, kicks off this weekend with a stop at the Syracuse – Penn State football game tomorrow (Saturday, August 31), at MetLife Stadium outside of New York.

1 (1)Featuring a Winnebago Adventurer type A motorhome and a Keystone RV travel trailer as the centerpieces, the tour is a high-impact, on-site consumer event that will showcase RVs as ideal tailgate vehicles and provide fans the opportunity to tour the units, according to a Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) news release.

There will also be tailgate cooking competitions, fan games, and giveaways, and autograph and photo opportunities with Sports Illustrated personalities and college football alumni.

Videos will be shot at each stop and aired on SI.com website properties.

Following the Syracuse – Penn State game, the SI On Campus Tailgate Tour presented by Go RVing will stop at the following college football games:

  • Indiana State – Purdue game in West Lafayette, Indiana, on September 7
  • Colorado – Oregon State game in Corvallis, Oregon, on September 28
  • TCU – Oklahoma game in Norman, Oklahoma, on October 5
  • Florida – LSU game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 12
  • Auburn – Texas A&M game in College Station, Texas, on October 19

An online sweepstakes is also part of the tour with the grand prize winner awarded a 2014 Keystone travel trailer featuring an outdoor kitchen that is perfect for tailgating and camping. The sweepstakes runs through November 29.


Sports Illustrated Tailgate Tour

000 tile-route (1)This college football season, Sports Illustrated is teaming up with Go RVing to tour tailgate nation.

They’ll embark on a cross-country road trip, visiting six stadiums and catching marquee matchups.

Worth Pondering…
The road goes on forever the party never ends…

—Joe Ely, musician

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Fun In The Shade Introduces Realtree Camo Awnings

Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Fun In The Shade Custom RV Awnings has received approval from Realtree Camo to produce awnings with the company’s AP pattern.

Fun In The Shade Custom RV Awnings has received approval from Realtree Camo to produce awnings with the company's AP pattern
Fun In The Shade Custom RV Awnings has received approval from Realtree Camo to produce awnings with the company’s AP pattern

This pattern is one of the most popular with hunters of all types, according to a Fun In The Shade news release.

“We had a lot of requests for Realtree Camo, but we were not sure they would grant us the license. After seeing our unique product and our ability to reproduce the colors and patterns that they offer, the license was granted,” said company owner Carl Mello.

“We are very excited about partnering with a global company like Realtree and we look forward to entering into this huge market.”

Fun In The Shade also has licenses to print the logos of 67 NCAA college teams. They also offer many scenic designs and can produce company logos on their 13-ounce vinyl fabric.

Fun In The Shade has the ability to customize horse trailer and toy hauler awnings. Simply email your photo to their design department before ordering. After receiving the file and reviewing it you will be contacted to discuss your needs.

How do I measure my awning?

How do I measure my awning?

Measure from center post of one vertical arm to the center post of the other vertical arm (see illustration below) and round off to the nearest foot. Your fabric will be 9 inches shorter than this measurement.


Prices range from $324 to $796 depending on size and design. All prices include FREE SHIPPING.


Fun In The Shade Custom RV Awnings

Fun In The Shade’s made-to-order RV awning replacement fabric is constructed of durable 13 ounce vinyl with the images of your choice printed directly onto the fabric.

Fun In The Shade uses the most advanced machinery in the business—NO decals here! The edges of our heavy-duty fabrics are heat welded to provide more durability than stitching, which can dry out with long term exposure to the elements.

Their custom-made valance, which is a separate piece, will add the finishing touch to your vibrant awning.

Fun In The Shade collegiate designs are officially licensed with a portion of the proceeds going directly back to the college.

Fun In The Shade has licenses to print the logos of 67 NCAA college teams.

Phone: (877) 341-6793

Website: funintheshade.com


Realtree is the creator and marketer of the world’s most versatile camo patterns. No matter where you hunt or enjoy the outdoors, there’s no better way to blend in with your surroundings than by wearing Realtree camo.

Realtree employs more than 80 people in Columbus, Georgia, and also has operations in Europe.

Address: 1390 Box Circle, Columbus, GA 31907

Phone: (800) 992-9968

Website: realtree.com

Worth Pondering…

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is a society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not Man the less, but Nature more

—Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

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Luxury RV Rentals the Newest Niche

Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Luxury RV rentals are not just for special occasions.

The staff at Allstar Coaches gets creative and practical client requests as well.

Rob Tischler, CEO of Allstar Coaches, says that there are so many reasons to rent a luxury RV that many people have likely never even considered.

Right now, in the midst of football season, tailgating is a top reason to rent a luxury RV. More and more tailgaters are stepping it up a notch and arriving at sporting and NASCAR events in style, he noted in a company news release.

RV rentals are also perfect for promotional tours such as political rallies, concerts, or family and college reunions. And businesses can take advantage too.

“RV rentals are ideal and cost effective for advertising,” he says.

“For example, if a company is launching a new product, why not wrap it and drive it around a targeted demographic area and interact directly with potential consumers? It’s basically a 45-foot rolling billboard that you can take anywhere.”

Luxury motorhome rentals also serve as a discerning travelers golden ticket to the ultimate fantasy vacation. With Allstar Coaches recently teaming up with some of the world’s finest private aircraft and yacht charter companies, the possibilities are endless.

Finally, RV rentals can serve as temporary housing or field offices during times of emergency or disaster situations such as hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes.

These luxury RV rentals are equipped with comfortable and well-appointed cabins, gourmet galleys, and state-of-the-art, user-friendly technology. RV rentals also include multiple slide outs and automatic awnings that, when extended, almost double usable space.

“Our innovative Hotel On Wheels concept means that our luxury RV rentals come pre-stocked with items such as luxury hotel bedding, fresh towels, and invigorating ECO Spa bath products,” Tischler said.

“Concierge services, itinerary planning, driving—you name it—our clients can rest assured that we’ll take care of it all.”


Allstar Coaches

Florida-based and founded in 2005, Allstar Coaches was created to fill a missing niche in the RV rental market. While there were numerous companies providing average RVs for rent, no one was hitting the high end. Since many people were looking to combine the adventure of RVing with the luxury amenities offered by 5 star resorts, there was room for Allstar to make its mark.

Every luxury motorhome rental is fully stocked to meet the specific needs of their discerning clientele.

Allstar offers a wide variety of services including provisioning, catering, and concierge services. In addition, they can provide drivers for those who prefer to relax on the road in their luxury RV rentals with a professional at the wheel.

With strategic locations nationwide including California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida, RV rentals can be delivered to locations across the nation.

Additionally, AllStar offer local and one way RV rentals from their new locations serving Nevada, Arizona, New York, Delaware, and Maryland.

Florida based RV rental firm Allstar Coaches has been using vehicle wrap technology for years on its fleet of luxury motorhomes as it continues to grow its Corporate Events and Promotions sector.

Phone: (866) 838-4465

Website: allstarcoaches.com

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Worth Pondering…

Oh, what a beautiful morning’,

Oh, what a beautiful day.

I got a beautiful feelin’

Ev’rything’s goin’ my way.

Oh, what a beautiful day!

—“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from the musical Oklahoma!

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