In the early days of tailgating, fans would gather around a radio with antennae to hear what was going on in the sports world. Then it evolved into the snowy black-and-white TV, then the more clear color version of the television. Tailgates today now sport several HD and 3-D televisions with satellite feeds that let you watch games all across the country. The TV holder has evolved as well, with the latest advancement courtesy of Hitch-N-View.
This company, run by three tailgate-loving brothers, invented this sturdy TV stand that connects to the back of any vehicle with a 2½” receiver hitch. Made out of lightweight tubular steel (14 pounds), this also serves as a protector for the inevitable gooniness that occurs when you mix sports fans and alcohol. Now instead of being frightened that some meathead will kick the wobbly table your expensive boob tube sits precariously on, the Hitch-N-View firmly holds the TV in place. Now no more off-target pigskin tosses or or staggering tailgaters can knock the television from its rightful place.
There are some limitations, as the stand only accommodates up to 40-inch TVs, but it will also work with some selected larger models, depending on the brand. Orders can be customized for televisions within 10” tall and 14” wide mounting patterns. The Hitch-N-View can only hold 200 pounds, but then again, no decent flat-screen TV even comes close to that kind of weight these days. Also, the makers of this product demand that you not try to drive your car with the TV still hooked up, for many reasons. Unfortunately, there goes your brilliant idea of following your hitched-up buddy out of the parking lot to watch television as you both drive home.
The set-up of this device is quite simple, involving a total of five bolts and four screws, and it’s even easier to break down for storage purposes. Although the company’s slogan for this product is rather hyperbolic: “The best tailgating accessory since the cooler,” it is a pretty handy device and is reasonably prices at $80 with shipping included.
For more information, connect to HitchNView.com.