26 Oct

RVFTA #165 RV Tailgating 101

On this week’s episode of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, we dive into the very popular world of RV tailgating. This is an annual tradition for many RV owners, and we wanted to get a better look at what it’s all about.

So we reached out to a couple of RVFTA podcast listeners who know what they are talking about!

Kim Fitzsimmons is from Indiana, and recently enjoyed her first foray into RV tailgating by camping at the Indycar Grand Prix in Indianapolis. And Kelli Hall is a veteran tailgater who gathers with 40 of her closest family and friends every year at Ohio State University. Both ladies pitched in to give us great content (and pictures!) for our RV Tailgating episode.

Segment One: Meet Kim Fitzsimmons

We thought it would be fun to talk to someone who had just had their first tailgating experience. Kim and her family recently bought a Jayco Greyhawk Class C motorhome, and decided that they would try out tailgating in their own stomping ground of Indianapolis. She walks us through the whole experience of camping on the grounds of the Indycar Grand Prix in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Did they absolutely love it? You betcha!

Segment Two: 6 Tips for RV Tailgating Newbies

Hindsight is 20/20 and there is no better person to offer advice than a newbie who has just gone through the RV tailgating experience for the first time. Kim is excited to continue tailgating with her family, but she definitely learned a lot during her first experience and is happy to share with the RVFTA community.

Listen to hear Kim talk about planning, food prep, and setting appropriate expectations (spoiler alert: you aren’t camping at a campground, folks!).

Segment Three: Kelli Hall’s Top 3 RV Tailgating Recipes

Kelli gave us a TON of great tailgating advice, and to be honest we plan on having her on the show for our next tailgating episode (don’t tell her…it’s a surprise). Even though we couldn’t make it out to Ohio State to join the party, Kelli agreed to share some of her favorite RV tailgating recipes. Kim and Kelli both emphasized the need to prep ahead and keep the food simple.

We think that’s awesome advice for tailgating and regular ole camping.

You can get the full recipes for Easy Golden Meatballs, Mark’s Taco Salad, and Sweet Sausage & Peppers here.

A huge thanks to Kim and Kelli for helping us create our RV Tailgating 101 episode. It was so much fun to learn more about this great RVing activity. We can’t wait to join a tailgating party in real life.

Thanks also to our sponsors for supporting weekly content for all our RV and tailgating fools…

See you at the tailgate!

Stephanie + Jeremy