Top Five Tailgating Pickup Trucks


With college football in full swing, tailgate specialists are doing their best to keep themselves and their 20 closest friends well fed and full of fluids. During a heated debate about how many different uses there are for a pickup truck, it occurred to us there are many ways to enjoy what both traditional and nontraditional trucks offer.

A vehicle like the Honda Ridgeline and many other versatile vehicles serve as great party platforms for passionate football-loving truck owners. We’ve listed some the best we know of right here, with the Ridgeline at the top of our list. But don’t think this is all their good for.  

1. Honda Ridgeline


With a unique dual swing-out/dropdown tailgate can act as a comfortable seat, or it can swing out to the side for easier access to the hidden in-bed storage bin. We’ve seen quite a few master tailgates turn the bed trunk into an open king-size cooler. Apparently, the trick is not to load the bin too high with ice so that the melting ice gets into the spare tire or slide-out tool tray. 

2. Chevy Silverado Hybrid GMT800

2006 Sierra Hybrid plug button

Although the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Hybrid aren’t big players in the hybrid world (a big price premium for relatively small mpg gains), there is still plenty of value here for those looking to run a few electrical appliances in the parking lot. Earlier GMT800 (previous-gen) Silverado and Sierra Hybrid models did offer in-cab and in-bed 120-volt outlets that were engaged with a simple dashboard button. With these outlets, the truck’s engine can be used as a generator as it powers blenders, coolers and hot plates. 

3. Ram 1500 Outdoorsman

RamBox Tailgater

For whatever types of food and drink you like to bring to your favorite home game, the Ram Outdoorsman’s RamBox will act like a portable pair of ice coolers for beverages or storage cabinets for loads of chips and meats. Each box is lockable — offering almost 4 cubic feet of cargo room — and each has a light and a drain plug inside. Dump the ice and keep the sodas cold for hours.  

4. Chevy Avalanche

Avalanche 2

Although nowhere near as large as the RamBox, the Chevy Avalanche was the first to offer integrated storage into the bed-sides. The Avalanche offers a drop-down midgate that makes the entire length of the vehicle open to the outdoors, allowing for easy pass-through from passenger seating to bed. In addition, you can lock in the hardened bed cover to create an “upstairs” sun deck for looking down on inferior barbecue grilles.    

5. Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch

Super Duty outlet

Sometimes the biggest statement you can make about what kind of fan you are is to have the biggest vehicle around to fly your team’s colors. And it doesn’t get much bigger than a Ford F-350 (or F-450) Super Duty King Ranch. The heaviest and most expensive full-size pickup truck sold in the U.S. will draw attention — and probably have your rivals asking if you’re overcompensating for something. Still, new Super Dutys also have a convenient three-prong plug and inverter to allow you to run all sorts of lower wattage appliances. 



@ Lou....yes you would know, you were there to relieve me.

You guys have no idea what you're talking about.

If you have ever been tailgating in your life you know how to pick a good tailgating pickup.

Top 5 tailgating pickup trucks:

1) 2012 Tacoma
2) 2005 Tacoma
3) 1995 Tacoma
4) 2000 Tundra
5) 2007 Tundra

Those of us that actually tailgate know and understand this because we have been out there and would know the facts about tailgating unlike some of the children on this forum!

@Bob's Houskeeper - how could I relieve you when you were the one on your knees? Bob said you could of been the neighbor because he never got a clear look at your face. Bob says it is only a pain in the ass at first. I'll have to take his and your word on that one. I don't play that side of the fence.

You definately have me mistaken for someone else. I've never been into anything resembling a bowtie. Taco's yes,but definately not bowties.

@ Lou...I were there, remember?

@bob's housekeeper- considering the fact that I live several 1000 miles away, I don't think so............ hey, it must of been the other Lou. He sounds like Bob, makes sense. Thanks for pointing that out.

"Bob's Houskeeper - how could I relieve you when you were the one on your is only a pain in the ass at first" - Lou

That post was such an epic fail.

@oxi - sounds like you are an expert in that area as well!

Its kinda funny how hard Chevy guys have to argue to make an attempt at making a Chevy sound like its a better truck than a FORD. Even on paper ford outclasses Chevy in every way, HP torque towing capacity etc

Thanks for this! My husband and I frequent tailgating for Rockies' games and in the winter time the ski lifts since we're big snowboarders. We've been looking for a new truck and he'll love the comparing done here. We're also excited to use the new Tailgater I got from my job at DISH Network because it’ll be our first time having an HDTV setup for our tailgating parties. What’s nice is it’s lightweight and water resistant so I can pack it up anywhere in our vehicle, and wherever we park it’ll be able to automatically find satellite signal. Something tells me the Avalanche’s bed cover may come in handy for the HDTV.

I think FORD is a better Tailgating Pick up truck.

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Ford and GM both can go jump in the lake. I only buy toyota, baby!

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