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tailgate party rental?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Viltedali, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. Viltedali

    Viltedali Regular Member

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    I have a couple of old uhaul box trucks that I plan to use for 'offline marketing' advertising on the sides.

    Someone gave me the idea of also renting out the trucks for tailgate parties.

    Has anyone ever done/tried this, and if so, what would I need to watch out for, laws to abide, etc.? I also really don't know what a fair price would be.

    Including things like a grill (I guess charcoal instead of gas, for liability concerns?), chairs, etc seems like a good idea, but with no experience tailgating or renting out a truck to tailgate, any info or stories from personal experience would be appreciated.
     
  2. aftershock2020

    aftershock2020 Senior Member

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    Great project for a local business. Check with local law-enforcement, a business attorney, etc...check with your local requirements, all can be found online. Search from google for your state laws and business requirements.

    From the truck aspect, I buy used u-haul trucks sometimes, for small, local distribution trips for my warehouses. They are good to have in a pinch. You should have no trouble with your concept, short of the grill cooking in or around the truck itself, as well disposing of the coals/ashes. I would highly recommend using propane grills instead. It will prevent a lot of stress, fees and issues later.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  3. CEPI

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    Viltedali, you could literally get that thing set up really swanky for free.

    You should contact local businesses that have the kind of supplies you are looking for:

    Gas Grill/Charcoal Grill
    Tables and Linens
    Quality Folding Chairs
    and various other items

    Here is a way to do it.... basically for all of those items you need to stock up your Swagger Wagon you need to barter large "side of truck" advertising in exchange for you getting those items for free. OK so a company gives up a Grill to you that may have cost $500... do you have any idea HOW EXPENSIVE billboard/targeted advertising would cost a company, and it's laser targeted because you are taking itt o a tailgate where EVERYONE grills. Make that part of your sales pitch and I would bet a company would pass over a $500 Grill faster than you could blink.. freakin Yellow Pages ads cost more than a 500 buck grill.

    Same with tables and chairs, approach a local "party rental" company and just take like 4 large tables and maybe 30 chairs off their hands.

    Then when you get your large screen print for the truck siding you want to have your bsuiness name and then also the "sponsored by" .... Hotty McHotterson Grill Company and Flat Slab & Butt Holder Party Rentals... or whatever names the companies are that have sposored all of your product.

    Hell for advertising as targeted as tailgaters you might even be able to get food given to you for free or at a significant discount. I wouldn't make your food vendor a "paint on" item for your truck but rather say you will use a vinyl banner (provided by them obviously) and hand it from the back of the truck once it is parked at the venue.

    Seriously you may be onto something here... I might have myself a nice little afternoon wagering on a U-Haul, LMAO

    As always with all my posts you can IM me on yahoo is you need anymore suggestions. I'm an "OFFline" marketing expert so this is right up my alley.

    :cool:
     
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    Oh and as far as the gas grill it would be better to HAVE a gas grill but just explain to your renters that you are not licensed to carry commercially flammable material and they will have to provide the propane (duh purchase it from you) but carry it in a separate passenger vehicle.
     
  5. Viltedali

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    That is the 1st thing to do I imagine, maybe time and money wasted otherwise.

    I half afraid to as I'm guessing that some sort of law that would make it too expensive or troublesome to do. I've not researched this much at all up to now, besides looking at what would make a good list of things to include with the truck.

    It seems someone else would have been doing this for years (and maybe people out there have been?) if profitable.

    I'd worry about providing basically a bomb in careless hands. Probably would never be an issue as I know I worry about small things, but? I think it would add more liability. It would definitely be more convenient.


    @cadkins45I like the idea of finding sponsors to provide the grill and such. Maybe $ could be made from sponsors as well?

    I'm looking to turn another truck into a trailer. I could then have 2 of these things, moving both in 1 trip, if I'd get the business to do so.

    I'm in the Cincy area, the Bengals play their 1st game against Dallas in the Hall of Fame Bowl or something like that, not sure if that will take a home game away from them or not. So, there'd only be 7 or 8 home games (unless they make the playoffs) to do this per year I guess.

    I don't think baseball fans tailgate? UC football is on the rise, but not sure about tailgaters for their games.

    Thanks for all the info.
     
  6. Grandslam

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    Call up your business attorney, they know far more than us - this is not the place to ask for such advice... so many people have no idea what they're talking about its scary...

    Kudos on the idea though, let us know how it turns out!
     
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