The 15 Most Epic Tailgating Vehicles in College Football

The 15 Most Epic Tailgating Vehicles in College Football

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By Gretchen Pille, Storage.com

College is as full of new adventures as your car is on the day you move in to your dorm. Storage.com can help you tackle your college career with helpful tips or by providing you a safe storage solution for summer breaks.

There’s no right or wrong way to tailgate, but the folks who drive these ultimate tailgating vehicles are definitely doing it right. They take tailgating to the next level by pouring their heart and soul (and a lot of their savings) into an epic tribute to their favorite teams.

1. TEXAS A&M FIRE AND ARMY TRUCK


A fire truck and an army truck may seem like an odd combination, especially for football tailgating. But Texas A&M alum Barney Fudge pays tribute to his alma mater by inviting all Aggies fans to his two-truck tailgate party. Draw yourself a beer from the side of his re-purposed army truck, and join the party that always seems to surround these two impressive rigs.

2. GOPHER CAR

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A fourth generation Chevy Caprice from the early 1990s is certainly an unusual tailgating vehicle. But give it a maroon and gold paint job and 28-inch rims, and suddenly its tailgating value is immeasurable to a Minnesota Gopher. Sure, you can’t fit a grill in the trunk, and there definitely aren’t any flat-screen TVs to be found in this ride. But hanging around this epic tailgating vehicle might be the biggest win on a Gopher game day.

3. RUTGERS JITNEY

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A group of Rutgers alumni engineering majors put their degrees to good use by re-purposing this retired Atlantic City Jitney. This award-winning tailgating vehicle has its own flat screen TV, custom grill, and of course, a kegerator. And they’re not done yet. Every off-season allows these guys to add more custom features to their New Jersey gem. It should be noted that the Rutgers Jitney’s picture hangs in the tailgating section of the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

4. USC COCKABOOSE


Cockabooses are prime tailgating real estate in South Carolina. These renovated train cars sit on a dormant train track near Williams-Brice Stadium, and cost between $250,000 to $300,000. With only a three-minute walk to the game, a Cockaboose is the epitome of luxury tailgating. Air conditioning, catered food, and access to the stadium’s closed-circuit television system are only a few amenities included in every train car.

5. BIG RED TOWNCAR OF NU

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The decorations may be a bit unconventional, but there is no lack of school spirit on this vintage Lincoln Towncar. Instead of TVs, grills, and fancy speakers, the owner of this ultimate tailgating vehicle uses skulls, flags, and a gargoyle to pay homage to the Nebraska Huskers.

6. CLEMSON PAW BEARER

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Jeff Herbert is out to prove that family friendly tailgating is not a dying art. Jeff has been tailgating with his 1967 hearse outside Memorial Stadium in the same spot since 1983, and nearly all bowl game appearances. So If you find yourself at a Clemson football tailgate, a visitation to the Paw Bearer is a must, because this tailgating vehicle is simply to die for.

7. UNC HEELRAISER

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Inspired by the Clemson Paw Bearer, University of North Carolina alum John Snipes bought a hearse of his own and decorated it Tar Heel style. With three custom sun roofs and flame-shooters on the rear tailpipes, this 12 mile-per-gallon monster has entertained countless fans and tailgaters at Tar Heel parades and followed the team all over the country.

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8. WVU SHAGGIN’ WAGON

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This 1988 E150 Conversion Van isn’t hard to spot outside Milan Puskar Stadium on game day. Steve Sanders has spent the last decade customizing his late 1980s ambulance with a Mountaineers paint job, cable TV, a massive set of party speakers, computers, and plenty of coolers and chairs for anyone who stops by.

9. AZ CARDINALS GOLF CART


Sure, sure, the Cardinals are not a college football team. But it’s not every day you see a golf cart with a grill attached. This street-legal subcompact tops out at 25 miles an hour, and gives its driver the freedom to move about the parking lot.

10. SANIPAC DUCK TRUCK OF OREGON

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These guys give ‘going green’ a whole new meaning. You can find this retired garbage truck near Autzen Stadium most game days giving out hot dogs, drinks, and spreading the good word about recycling.

11. THE UNSUPERVISED BUS OF LSU

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The proud owners of The Unsupervised Bus (T.U.B.) inherited a prime tailgating spot when their friend who had previously tailgated in a hearse decided to retire from the business. Their buddy also bequeathed to T.U.B. a coffin, which was given LSU tiger stripes and converted into the ideal cooler for tailgate food and beverage.

12. VA CAVALIERS WAHOO LIMO

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The owners of this limo ride to every Virginia Cavaliers game in luxury, chauffeur not included. If you happen to spot the Wahoo Limo outside Scott Stadium before a Cavaliers game, be sure to get your picture taken in front of this fancy tailgating vehicle.

13. CLEMSON PONTOON


Former Clemson football player, Will Merritt, and his wife, Melissa, really took tailgating to the next level by sailgating. The couple revamped an old pontoon boat in true Clemson style on an episode of Flipping Ships. Complete with authentic stadium seats from Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, astro-turf, and of course a grill, the Merritts have brought the tailgate to the water.

14. TOLEDO JAMBULANCE

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This ambulance was built to party. The Toledo Jambulance has a flat-screen TV, two computers, and a massive stereo system, all designed for the ultimate tailgating experience. Regardless of what happens in Glass Bowl Stadium, the Jambulance is always a hit before and after the game.

15. MASTER GATOR

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The Master Gator has everything you need to host the most epic tailgate party, including a massive set of speakers, private bathroom, and porch. The best part? You can rent it yourself, driver included.

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Did we leave your favorite tailgating vehicle out? Let us know in the comments!

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If you like tailgating, be sure to check out Tailgating Essentials and The Best College Tailgating Scenes.

All images have either been provided by a listed organization or are licensed under the Creative Commons.

Use Self Storage to Store Your Ultimate Tailgating Vehicle

Use Self Storage to Store Your Ultimate Tailgating Vehicle

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College is as full of new adventures as your car is on the day you move in to your dorm. Storage.com can help you tackle your college career with helpful tips or by providing you a safe storage solution for summer breaks.

As a college football super fan, tailgating is as serious to you as the game itself. Whether you own a tricked-out bus, RV, ambulance, or anything else with wheels, your ultimate tailgating vehicle is your pride and joy. But when it’s loaded with HD TVs, a grill, a pop-up tent, and other valuable tailgating essentials, it deserves to be well-protected throughout the week.

Enter self storage, a tailgater’s best friend. Most storage facilities offer either specific vehicle storage or have units large enough to park a vehicle inside. Here are some of the benefits of using storage for your tailgating machine.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Just like your favorite team’s athletic facilities, storage facilities can be filled with amazing new features. Treat your tailgating vehicle like a star athlete and give it the amenities it deserves. You can easily find a storage facility that provides amenities like:

  • Climate Control
  • Drive-up Access
  • Electricity in Unit
  • Keypad Entry

Some storage facilities are even perfectly equipped for large recreational vehicles, with washing and draining stations right on site.

Pocket Protection

Storing your pride and joy doesn’t have to cost as much as your season tickets. Protect both your tailgating vehicle and your wallet by taking advantage of affordable rental rates. Vehicle storage can be found for as low as $30 a month in some places, and can be even more affordable when looking at outdoor parking spaces.

Advanced Security

Unlike your driveway or residential street, a storage facility offers the very best in security. Protect your valuable tailgating vehicle from unsportsmanlike conduct — like vandalism or theft — by choosing a storage facility with top-of-the-line security features, including video surveillance, individual unit alarms, and on-site management.

Ease of Access

When game day arrives, you don’t want to get called for delay of game, so it’s important that your vehicle storage location allows for quick access. With facilities located all around town, you can find the closest facility to your home so you can quickly pack up and head out to your parking spot. If you’re an early-riser, choose a facility with 24-hour access so you can always grab your tailgating vehicle on your own schedule.

You already know where your ultimate tailgating vehicle is going to be on Saturdays, so find a reliable place to store it every other day of the week and during the off-season.

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