As the leading seller of used pickups in Vermont, one question seems to come up often this time of year: what would you suggest for tailgating? Yes, we’re nearing football season in New England, and whether you’re cheering for high school, college or professional teams, a pickup is certainly a necessary item when planning your tailgate. We feature a long and always-changing inventory of midsize and full-size pickups from a variety of automakers, each of which will certainly help make your outdoor football party a success.
We probably don’t need to outline exactly what it is that makes a pickup an ideal tailgate vehicle, but we’ll just go ahead and state the obvious. One, the presence of a cargo bed allows for extra seating during the tailgate, and provides the necessary room to carry all sorts of necessary items. Two, the ability to tow things such as trailers or large grills is something that requires a powerful vehicle, such as a pickup. And three, since many tailgates occur in private yards, you may have to drive up a curb or through rough terrain. Again, this requires a pickup.
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Tips for Planning a Great Tailgate
- Be Early. If you’ve ever gone to a tailgate, you’ve probably noticed a few schmucks who show up an hour before kickoff, and are then racing to set up, cook, and then clean up before getting into the game. Don’t be this person. Instead, give yourself at least two or three hours to ensure that you can enjoy your day at the stadium.
- Read Up on the Stadium Before You Go. Isn’t modern technology great? Because so much information is right at your fingertips, you can get all sorts of information long before you arrive. Find charts on seating and parking, or see if there’s a better route to the stadium than the one you were planning. By getting more info beforehand, you’ll waste less time on gameday.
- Learn the Rules. Every stadium (and adjacent parking lot) has its own rules and regulations, many of which might not even be posted. However, they’ll certainly be enforced, so that’s why it’s good to get ahead of the game. For example, many venues might not allow glass bottles or charcoal grills.
- Make Lists. It’s easy to forget which items you’ll need to bring, so it’s never a bad idea to make a checklist beforehand. Make a list with all of your food, beverages, games, napkins, tableware, garbage bags, etc. If you make a long list before you head to the store, you’ll be less likely to forget something important.
- Clean Up Before Heading into the Game. You might think that this would be obvious, but many tailgaters actually forget how important this is. Basically, if you brought something to the tailgate, either make sure it leaves with you or throw it away. Too many tailgaters don’t clean up after themselves, which is likely the cause of many of the rules in the first place.
So, are you ready for some tailgating? We hope that these tips serve you well, and that you’ll check out our used pickup inventory at Poulin Auto Sales!