Tailgating Without a Truck: Tips and Tricks for the Best Game Day Experience

September 12th, 2023 by

When you hear the word tailgating, if you’re like most people, you immediately think of a truck. A truck loaded with all the tailgate essentials; coolers, chairs, canopy tent, grill, friends, food, and more! But I’m here to tell you that you can in fact tailgate without a pickup truck and still have a great time and have all of the pre-game essentials! At Arbogast Ford we have many vehicle options that will get you through your tailgating adventures! 

SUVS, crossovers, and minivans are great alternatives to trucks for game day. They have plenty of cargo space for all the tailgate necessities and your gear is not exposed to the weather. The Ford Escape has plenty of cargo space, especially with the fold down rear seats! If any of these vehicles offer a third-row option, like the Ford Explorer, you can have all the cargo space and several passengers ride along as well!  

Other things to consider; instead of a full-size grill, think about getting a tabletop or compact grill. These are a great alternative and will leave room for your other tailgating needs. Fold up tables are convenient for every day, not just for tailgate parties! These are easy to travel with and store at home when it is not football season. Another idea is to prep all your food ahead of time, that way you don’t miss having a larger table to prepare everything on-site. 

Instead of multiple coolers, invest in a larger, high-quality one with sufficient insulation. Organize all your drinks and food in storage containers and use ice packs instead of actual ice so things don’t get waterlogged. You can also use storage containers for your grilling tools, condiments/spices, utensils, plates, bowls, and cups. Reusable items also help reduce waste. The Ford Edge offers more than enough space to handle this gear and so much more! 

Collaborate with a buddy. If you’re all going to the same game, there’s no reason why you can’t divide and conquer! Make a list and have everyone responsible for different things. Lighten everyone’s load by helping each other out. Imagine rolling up to the tailgate in a Ford Bronco. Everyone will be envious of not only the style, but the tailgating qualities it features, also! 

There are a lot of solutions for no-truck tailgating. There are multiple vehicle options that work just as great as a truck. The good news is, we have many of these vehicle options right here on our lot. We can accommodate your pre-game needs – whether it is storage space, seating for comfortable travel, or just having some unique features to utilize. We have something for every style preference, budget, and requirement.  

Stop at Arbogast Ford today and let one of our sales specialists help you get into the spirit of game day with the perfect tailgate vehicle for you!