If you’re like me, then you’re also astounded by some of the setups that you come across while tailgating. Converted school buses, charter buses, old Winnebago’s, delivery trucks, and even retired ambulances can be repurposed into a sweet, custom tailgating machine. Such creativity, passion, and attention to detail is awesome to see. Now, to the newcomer who is looking to get started with a tailgating setup of their own may feel slightly intimidated. But fear not, everybody starts with something small in the beginning and works to build it out over time. At the core of it, all you really need to start out with is a truck. From there, its a matter of getting the right accessories. This article will point at 5 tailgating accessories you can outfit your truck with to get started in your own tailgating journey.
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ProMark Auto Hood/Tailgate Cover
You’ll be sure to turn some heads with these hood and tailgate covers from ProMark. What a cool way to show off some team pride by displaying their colors for all to see. They come in a variety of teams from different leagues, mostly from the NFL, MLB, and NCAA, however I will say that their NCAA collection is a little more limited. The hood cover fits most vehicle makes and models with its simple, stretchable, and durable design. The cover is also machine washable, which makes caring for it a breeze.
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The tailgate cover is made of a stretchable material that fits most full-sized pickups. Its fade resistant, machine washable, and is easily installed. These also are available for teams in the NFL, MLB, and NCAA.
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Tailgate Hitch Grill Station
This hitch mounted propane grill is a great option for those who like to tailgate and are limited in overall space. The all-in-one trailer hitch grill station includes a SwingAway frame, cargo rack, Cuisinart gas grill, and cutting board. The SwingAway frame pivots and locks at 90°, which keeps it away from the vehicle. It fits vehicles with either a 1.25″ or 2″ hitch, is constructed of highly durable steel, and can support over 200 pounds (150 pounds with a 1.25″ hitch). The Cuisinart gas grill provides 12,000 BTUs over a 240 square inch cooking area with cast-iron grates. It fits a 1 pound propane tank, but can also be used with a 20 pound propane tank with an optional 4-foot adaptor hose. The cutting board is a large size (25.5″ x 18.5″), commercial-grade, and easily removeable for storing and cleaning. You’re sure to get a lot of compliments from your guests with a setup like this.
EasyGoProducts Tire Mount Pole Holder
Fly your game day flag high and proud with a Tire Mount Pole Holder from EasyGoProducts. This strong, durable pole holder is made with powder coated steel. The flag holder bracket unit supports your flag’s position and holds it in place. It accommodates most flag pole sizes, supporting up to 1.25″ inches in diameter, and is lightweight at only 4.75 pounds. With its easy setup, durability, and relatively low price this accessory is a great addition to your tailgating décor.
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TailGater Tire Table
This neat little side table attaches directly to your tire to provide you with some additional work space, storage, dining options, etc. Its compact and portable design can hold up to 50 pounds and doesn’t require any tools or a hitch to install. There’s even a retractable leg that can be used for extra support if you need it. A great feature of the design is that it is completely stable, no matter what the ground conditions are. Since you’ll be using this for tailgating in a parking lot, the ground conditions should be a non-issue, but this makes for a great table for camping as well. The table can be used on all 4 wheels, including a rear exposed tire. The overall setup time is less than a minute, making this a great, efficient accessory for your tailgating activities.
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Offroading Gear Roof Rack Awning with Extension
Here is a strong, well-constructed roof mounted awning with a wall extension. Made from aluminum and heavy-duty waterproof ultra-thick 600D Ripstop Polyester, this awning will help provide some shade and other protection from the elements. It can be used on almost any vehicle, but it complement trucks, SUVs, and Jeeps the best. All of the hardware you need is included and installation takes only a few minutes. An awesome feature that’s included is the 6.5 foot wall extension at no additional cost. This wall can be used to further protect yourself and your gear from the sun, wind, or rain. The only downside I see is the color, as you can only purchase the awning in the standard dark beige at this time, but overall the quality of this awning is top notch and could be a great addition to your tailgate.
So there you have it, 5 awesome tailgating accessories for your truck to help you get started on your tailgating journey. This is only a small list in a sea of possibilities available. To check out some other options, visit our Tailgating Gear page. What other accessories or items would you also suggest for someone who is starting out? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!