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Tailgate TV Stand

Check out the Tailgate TV Stand, a hitch-mounted swiveling flat panel TV mount that is Made in the USA.  This gets the TV out of the back of your SUV, or off that shaky table that everyone seems to bump into.



The Tailgate TV Stand (TTS) comes in two different sizes, standard and heavy duty.  The main difference between the two is the weight capacity, with the standard holding up to 40 pounds, and the heavy duty holding up to 70 lbs.  There is also a "tailgate down" model that will swing over the tailgate when it is lowered, due to the extended hitch tube.  Not shown here is the addition of an accessories tray that mounts to the vertical tubing.



Setting the TTS up is extremely simple.  After unboxing, place the hitch mount into the 2" reciever of your vehicle and secure it with a standard 5/8" pin.  Next place the pivot arm in the low friction bushing on the hitch mount.  Finally put the TV support arm into the bushing of the pivot arm.  You can then mount your standard flatpanel mount onto the TV support arm (standard flat panel mount not included, since there are many different styles out there, and most people have a mount already).


The quality of the TTS is top notch.  It is powdercoated for durability.  The connections between the swiveling pieces moves extremely smooth with or without the supplied lubrication.  It is very effortless.

If you set your mount on the TV correctly, you can even swing the TV entirely into your SUV in cases of bad weather, or to help with glare.  I know a lot of people set up tents at the back of their ride, and having the TV in the SUV frees up that much more space.


As you can see in the above pictures, the TTS comes apart and stores away in a very small, compact area.  This is critical when you have a lot of gear to load into your vehicle.  Like I mentioned above, the TTS goes from sitting in your vehicle to being set up in less than 30 seconds if you are pushing it.  Super fast, super easy, and great looking.  The logos on the tubing look good, and there is plenty of space to add your own logos to it for that personal touch.


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Using An RV To Tailgate

Its football season and gridiron experts are fired up and ready to tailgate in stadium parking lots across the nation. Whether you’re a tailgating rookie or seasoned veteran, if you’re going to tailgate, make sure you do it right!

Just ask Ryan Lee from Monaco RV.

“We feel that RV tailgating is unlike any tailgating you’ve ever experienced before and simply can’t be matched for its numerous conveniences and benefits,” he said. “When you consider the evolution of tailgating culture in America, RV tailgating is simply the next evolutionary step. It’s taking everything that’s good about traditional tailgating, and super-sizing it, or taking it to the next level.”

Monaco RVs symbolize quality and efficiency while also providing the comforts of home and all the needs of your tailgating crew. The Monaco Vesta is perfect for any tailgate with first class amenities such as a bathroom, refrigerator, kitchen, satellite radio, exterior awning, and plenty of space for a party of two or twenty.

Pre-game and post-game activities are just as important as the game itself and you shouldn’t miss out. Monaco Coach RV owners have been known to deck out their RVs with integrated BBQ set-ups and multiple TVs hooked to dual satellites for maximum viewing pleasure. Some paint the satellite dish in team colors, pull out customized grills, and show off high-end stereo systems by playing their school’s marching band CD in anticipation of the big game.

“Tailgating is a great time for the whole family and unites old friends as well as ignites rivalries. It is all part of the experience. And there’s nothing like meeting your fellow tailgaters on a Saturday morning to show off your team spirit and tailgating dedication. And having the comforts and amenities of home with an RV will make you the king or queen of the tailgate this season,” Lee said.

You can find RVs for your tailgating needs and information on nearby dealers at


Can you paint a satellite dish?  YES!

A lot of tailgaters bring either DirecTV or Dish Network dishes to the tailgate, and they are almost always the same dull gray that the factory puts on them. 

In researching, people say that you shouldn't paint them, and to never use a gloss paint.  When we started our tailgating, we used the factory dish.  Not long after, we painted the dish with a flat red, and it worked fine.

When we had our tailgate truck painted, we opted to have the dish painted with the same paint as the truck; a dark red with a clear coat put over it.  We then applied vinyl decals to it.  

Did it still work?  Sure did.  No noticable loss in signal.  So can you paint your dish and have it still work?  Absolutely.

Even with the gloss paint, we've never had a problem with a reflection melting the LNBs like some say can happen.

So get out there an paint your dishes!

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