Portable Power for the Perfect Tailgating Party

Are you ready for some football??  It’s that time of year again and for the die-hard football fans out there, tailgating is often taken just as seriously as the outcome of the game.  It’s a time to socialize, grill up some pre-game food, and to show off your tailgating set-up of course.  You certainly don’t want to be left without power when you’re still getting geared up for the game and with the 900 Watts Peak/800 Running Watts, 2 HP Gas Generator from Harbor Freight Tools, you can rest easy while you party hard.

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“Used to provide power for tools and appliances in the motor home at the racetrack. Starts easy and runs up to 9 hours on tank of gas. Bolted this to a platform on the back of the motor home to run refrigerator, electric cooler, and fans on the 6 hour tow to the track. Ran great all the way. Ran for 9 hours on a tank of gas on the trip home, powering the 4 cubic foot fridge, and the electric cooler.” – FV Racer from Plainfield, NH

“Works whenever I need it to. Stays in the shed and always starts second pull. I keep stabilizer in the mix and it is over a year old without any issues. I used it for charging my cell phone, radio, and primarily fish tank life support.” – Chromebody from Maryland

At just $129.99, this little portable generator is a reliable and powerful addition to your tailgating kit.  Power up your mini-fridge, a TV or radio, and maybe a little heater or fan depending on the weather!  But no matter if it’s rain or shine, the 900 Watts Gas Generator is sure to make any pre-game party a little brighter.

The Solar-Powered Tailgate Party– Go Green!

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The tailgate party is a sacred ritual, and like with any ritual that requires serious reflection, one needs to decide how to best prepare for it. To throw a successful tailgate party for a bunch of your closest buds, you’ll want to put together an awesome set-up. Sure, you could plug into a generator, but why deal with that racket? Harbor Freight Tools has the perfect solution:

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First, you need some shade. The HFT 10 Ft. X 10 Ft. Popup Canopy #69456 ($69.99) is perfect instant cover for you and the gang to watch the game in cool comfort. The canopy features a slant-leg design for better stability and a powder-coated frame to resist chipping, peeling, rust and corrosion. The canopy itself is made from water-resistant, 150-denier polyester fabric that protects against fading and mildew and comes with a convenient wheeled storage bag for easy transport.

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Next, instead of a generator as the power source, Harbor Freight suggests their Thunderbolt Magnum 45-Watt Solar Panel Kit #68751 ($159.99). With this impressive unit you can generate plenty of clean, quiet energy, using the sun to run TVs, radios, crock pots, blenders– even recharge 12 volt DC batteries. The set up’s easy, too. Simply connect the solar panels to a 12-volt DC storage battery #68680 ($69.99)…

1500 3000 watt power inverterwhich in turn connects to a Cen-Tech 1500 Watt Continuous/3000 Watt Peak Power Inverter #60601 ($129.99) with quality 300 Amp Inverter Power Cables #69537 ($39.99) to juice up your gear!

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Then plug in your TV along with your mobile satellite or a good, strong antenna, add a crock pot for the nacho cheese, and enjoy the game engine-noise-free!

The turf is green. Why not the tailgate? You can find all the supplies you need for an awesome solar-powered tailgating station at Harbor Freight Tools for ridiculously low prices!

Other tailgating necessities you can find at Harbor Freight include:

…and more!

On the other hand, if it’s a generator you’re still looking for, you know Harbor Freight Tools has the top-rated Predator gas generators in all sizes– at incredibly low prices!

Cool Ideas for Shade in the Summer

With the summer months come higher temperatures and, humid or not, it can be hard to enjoy spending time outdoors when the heat turns up and the sun is right overhead.  Also, if you plan on having a BBQ, a family gathering, or anything outdoors, you want to make sure that your guests have some shade to escape to when it gets too hot.  It’s times like these that a canopy from Harbor Freight Tools can be a life saver!

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For instant shade pretty much anywhere, nothing beats the portability and convenience of a Pop-Up Canopy.  Canopies are easy to place and provide cool places to relax or to keep food during an event.  They also make setting up a yard sale or bake sale easier than ever!  And the best part is that they can be taken down just as quickly too. Then just store them away until they’re needed again.  The pop-up canopies are available in white, blue and green covers that resist moisture and fungus to stay durable and sturdy.  But, in the words of Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow, “you don’t have to take my word for it.”

“Bought this in store last year for tailgating, and have used it many, many times since. I’ve left it up in my backyard for a few weeks, and it stayed put with appropriate anchoring through some light wind and inclement weather. It folds down and fits in the storage bag, which has wheels, very easily with two people.” – TheGremlyn from San Diego, Ca

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Or, if you want to get fancy, check out the Quick Clamp Canopy.  If you have a picnic table up to 10 feet long, you can make a simple upgrade just by attaching this innovative canopy to it!  And as the sun moves, you can tilt the canopy to the perfect position so you’ve always got it made in the shade.   Coming in at $99.99, it’s an easy and affordable addition to your picnic table that will provide countless days of pleasant shade on those sunny days.

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While you’re at it, you might want to pick up some canopy related accessories.  There are a few anchor options like the Earth Anchor Canopy Set for $18.99 or the Easy Hook Anchor Canopy Set for $19.99.  Another helpful item to consider is the Canopy Rolling Storage Bag for just $34.99.  This is especially useful for anyone using their canopy at multiple locations but is also just a great place to store your canopy when it’s not in use.  And, with three conveniently-placed wheels, you’ll save a little extra work by not having to lug the canopy all over the place.

The 10’ x 10 ft. canopies run between $69.99 and $219.99 so there’s something to fit any budget.  And for larger get togethers or events, the 10’ x 20 ft’ pop-up canopy is $299.99, and that’s for 200 square feet of coverage!  You’ll want to have lots of memories from the summer but don’t let a sunburn be one of them!  Pick up a Harbor Freight Pop-Up Canopy and keep cool and covered during any time of the year.

How To Turn a Harbor Freight Trailer Into a Kayak/Camping Trailer

I’ve showcased customer Harbor Freight Tools kayak trailer mods in the past, but this article cannot be ignored– a step-by-step pictorial of how to turn a Haul-Master 870 Lb. Capacity 40″ X 49″ Utility Trailer into a full-functional 3-kayak-plus-camping-gear trailer!

Recently, an author bearing the moniker “Frkzila” posted an article on Instructables.com, aptly titled, “How To Turn a Harbor Freight Trailer Into a Kayak/Camping Trailer.”  Brilliant! The writer starts out:

“This is my first instructable, but I have posted this on some kayak forums with positive feedback. I wanted a trailer I could haul our three kayaks on and our camping gear, but all the trailers I found for purchase were $1,000 plus. Here is how I built mine for $363. I started with the Harbor Freight Kit and turned in into exactly what I needed.”

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He starts out, of course, with the trailer– as one reviewer observed, “For the money you can’t beat these little rascals!”– and then collects the following material:

10’ 11-ga 2” square tube
14’-1/8” 2” angle iron
2 @ 6’ pieces of 1.25”od round tube
4′x8′ sheet of 1/2” treated plywood
2 @ 12’-5/4” deck boards
2 @ 8’-5/4” beck boards
4 @ 10’ 2×4′s for bunks
7 @ eye bolts for tie-downs
6’ wire for harness extension
3/4” steel bar that was already bent which he got from a scrap pile

He then proceeds to build an awesome trailer.Kayak Trailer How-To 2

Not to steal thunder from the gentleman’s nicely detailed presentation, I won’t recount each step. Read the article yourself. But let me just say, it’s a great read, especially if you’re looking for ideas to build a trailer of your own.

Referring to the picture on the top of the article, Frkzila concludes:

“Here is the finished product all loaded up, I have three kayaks on here (my daughter’s 6’ sits in the bed) a grill, firewood, tent and other camping stuff loaded.

I am very happy with how this project turned out. I pull it with my 4-cyl Escape and have had it to 70 mph+ on the interstate with no problems. Since it is so lightweight I can hardly feel it behind the car, and I have less invested than most put into converting a jet ski trailer, and everything is new. The only thing I might change is making the bunks movable so I can put 3 full size yaks on top.”

Hats off to you, my good man! Nicely done.

You can find all of Haul-Master’s high-rated utility trailers at your local Harbor Freight Tools or at www.harborfreight.com, affordably priced every day!

Light Up Your Life with the 5 LED Magnetized Head Lamp

These days it can often be difficult to find the time to read.  Even though there are more options than ever with e-readers and books on your Smart Phone, nothing replaces a real, traditional book that you can hold in your hands.  Of course, when it comes to reading physical books, many people read right before bed which can be a strain on the eyes if you don’t have proper lighting.  But with the Five LED Magnetic Head Lamp from Harbor Freight Tools, you’ll have all the clean, clear light you’ll need to knock a chapter or two out before hitting the sack!

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While the Head Lamp is the perfect accessory for celebrating National Literacy Day, it’s also a great tool for much, much more.  This handy illumination tool lets you work in dark or dimly lit areas, lights your way during a late night stroll, or helps visibility while hunting for wood when camping.  And best of all, it keeps your hands free.  Whether you’re working under the hood or holding a book comfortably in bed, the Head Lamp is a tool that does exactly what you need it to do.  And with the comfortable head strap, don’t be surprised if you even forget you’re wearing it.

The Lamp is designed with five bright white LEDs that provide ultimate illumination and the 45 degree angle wide beam covers a wide area.  And nothing is more important than a wide, clear field of view when you need it.

You might also be wondering where the “magnetic” feature comes in.  Well, this head lamp doesn’t have to stay on your head!  The lamp features a magnetized base that allows you to disconnect it from the strap and stick it on any metal surface.  Stick it under the hood of your car, the top of your toolbox or practically anywhere that will help you shed some light on the task at hand.  The head lamp is designed to provide the light you need just about anywhere.  Of course you don’t have to take my word for it.  Here’s what customers have to say:

“This is a great light. I have had it for a couple years and use it anytime I need a flashlight. It is pretty bright. I took it camping last weekend and it easily lit up an area at least 25 feet away.” — Mikey

“I can easily see my dog at night when she’s wearing this and it perfectly lights up where ever she points her nose.  Just put it on her neck upside down compared to how you’d wear it.” –Aloysius

“To sum it up, the LED headlamp is a terrific item. No more dropped flashlights. Both hands are free to work and hold onto tools, or, for safety, grab something to avoid a fall.” –Chris

Never be left in the dark again!  The Five LED Magnetic Head Lamp is just the ticket for keeping your work space or book well-lit while keeping your hands free.  And at just $4.99, it won’t put a damper on your budget either.

Go Fish with the Portable Fish Finder!

Remember going fishing as a kid?  For me, it was a lot of sitting and waiting, hoping to see the little bobber dip under the water for a split second to indicate there was a fish on the line.  And that can get tiresome.  Of course, when you’re fishing with a friend or family member, actually catching something isn’t as important as just enjoying the company.  But sometimes you just want to be able to find some fish without sitting around for four hours and tossing your line out with no real idea where those fish might be.  Well, now you can take the guesswork out of fishing with the Portable Fish Finder from Harbor Freight Tools!

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For $44.99 and with 4 AA batteries, you can save yourself hours of time by simply placing the transducer into the water and using it from the boat, dock, or practically anywhere you’d be fishing from. The fish finder detects fish within a 90 foot range to help you know where to cast your line, lets you know how deep the fish is and also indicates the size of the fish.  This makes fishing so easy, it’s practically cheating!  Of course, using this fish finder in a professional competition probably wouldn’t be allowed, but for the purposes of fishing for fun, this tool is a huge help.

Plus, there are all kinds of bells and whistles on the fish finder aside from the basics.  Fishing in the dark is no problem with the included backlight function for the LED display.  And the screen can be adjusted for the most comfortable viewing angle, allowing you to keep your hands free so you’re ready to reel in your catch.  If you’re on a moving boat, the Landscape Detector will update automatically to let you know if the lake bottom is rough, normal, or smooth.

You might be wondering what other conditions the fish finder works in.  Well, according to one reviewer, this tool is highly versatile!  “I was not sure how this fish finder would work for ice fishing.  I went out today and the depth function works great. I marked a large fish on the bottom and caught a nice Walleye.  It worked really great for the price and it is small and compact.”

Another customer had this to say: “We tossed the transducer over the side of the boat while docked. When the screen showed fish, we dropped our lines and pulled them in. Our record for this season is 22 fish in 1 1/2 hours.  Our dock area is usually 9 to 12 feet deep. The position of the fish shows how far down to drop the line. Great little fishing helper.”

This is a great tool for the average fisherman or for anyone who wants to save time while out on the lake.  It pretty much does everything except catch the fish for you!  And with a compact size, it fits right in your tacklebox with the rest of your fishing gear.  Just be sure to keep it in a dry area when not in use. If taken care of properly, this handy tool will last you for quite a while.

My Super Sweet 16 DIY Solar Panel Kit Videos

Thunderbolt Magnum 45-Watt Solar Panel Kit

If you’ve been batting around the idea of picking up a Thunderbolt Magnum45-Watt Solar Panel Kit #68751, now’s the time to strike, my friend. This Friday-Sunday, March 8-10, the legendary Harbor Freight Tools Sidewalk Sale is running, with the solar panel kit going for a cool $139.99! And if you miss the sale, no worries– between now and Monday, March 18, the kit remains on sale for just $149.99. Talk about Daylight Savings Time (that’s OK, you’ll get it later…)!

Perhaps you’ve thought that the idea of setting up a solar system would be cool, but also a little intimidating. What’s in the kit? How do you put it together? What else do you need? How much do you need to know? The truth is, you don’t have to be a whiz kid to put something functional and efficient together for your home, garage, barn, shed, RV, camp or bug-out shelter.

First, what’s included in the kit, and what can it do? Not long ago, Dan Rojas, owner of Green Power Science put out a series of YouTube videos, explaining it pretty well.

In his first video, he goes over what the kit includes and also points out that you’ll also need at least one 12-volt battery (2 or more would be better– he recommends deep cycle) and a power inverter to make the system fully useful. For his demonstration he uses the Cen-Tech 750 Watt Power Inverter, but in the spirit of “More Is Better”– that is, if you intend to use the solar system for larger machinery or appliances– I suggest getting the Chicago Electric 1500/3000 Power Inverter. Of course, it depends on what you need the solar energy for. If you’re in a cabin and intend to occasionally vacuum or use a microwave, the 750 watt inverter won’t cut it.

Chicago Electric 1500/3000 Watt Power Inverter

 

Here’s a general guide of determining how big of an inverter you might need:

 

Appliance   Est. Watts   Appliance   Est. Watts
Cell phone 24 CD player 400
iPod 120 Toaster 1200
TV 25″ 175 Jig saw 350
Laptop computer 65-90 Circular saw 1250
Computer & monitor 400 1/2″ drill 700
Printer 75 Refrigerator 500
VCR 50 Vacuum 750
CPAP 200 Sub pump 1000
Blender 400 40″ fan 1100
Space heater 1000 Iron 1000
Coffee maker 800 Satellite dish 75
Microwave 1250 PS2, Xbox 125

Dan posted other informative videos, including 3-Solar Panel DIY Wiring and Solar Panel Wiring Configurations. You can catch his whole YouTube series here.

If you are really considering putting together a solar kit, one of best DIY solar websites to get acquainted with is the Do It Yourself Solar Energy Forum. This terrific site is a wealth of information with tips,  tutorials, videos and plain old general knowledge. Chances are good if you have a question, it’s been asked and answered on this forum. There’s a lot of coverage on the Harbor Freight 45-watt solar panel kit, too. Videos include everything from assembly, set-up, add-ons and plenty of personal mods from folks looking to build the better mousetrap. There are even videos on solar panel kit performance during rain and snow. My favorite video on this site was made by Larry “The Solar Toolman” Taylor:

I don’t think there’s a more practical and informative DIY video on home solar power set-ups out there. Larry followed this first how-to video with a Workshop #2 and a three-part Workshop #3. If you want to get some insight of just what you can do with your newly-harnessed solar power, definitely check these out.

Preppers represent a good number of the solar kit shoppers, which only makes sense. Nobody anticipates contingencies like a prepper. Only two weeks ago I wrote about Chappy from NewSurvivalSkills.com and how he employed a Harbor Freight solar panel briefcase to get power in the wild.

Another prepper clip I came across was from a guy with the moniker, ncprepper1. He uses three solar panel kits to run a 36″ TV (even in the event of a zombie apocalypse, you gotta have your TV), laptop, lights, a camera system, and more. To make room for even more solar kits, he shows how to build a wooden rack that can add three, making a total of 18 solar panels . Not to be outdone, LDSPrepper installed 4 solar panel kits (180 watts) on the side of his house with a 1500 watt power inverter,  and poses a convincing argument for why he decided to go with Harbor Freight solar panels.

Incidentally, LDSPrepper– who actually has a whole series of solar panel videos worth plowing through– repeatedly credits another YouTuber, econewpower, for helping him get started. This guy supplies his own treasure trove of solar panel kit how-to videos: I recommend starting with his How To Install Harbor Freight Solar Panels Part 1 . I think there are five parts in this series, plus he has other DIY solar videos on hand.

With the advent of spring fast approaching, it’s a great time to get started on your solar system project. Whether it be for emergencies, saving electricity costs or going green, solar is a solid alternative energy that, in extreme cases, could potentially save you and your family from losing creature comforts, food supplies or even lives.

Check out these and other videos on DIY solar panel kits and projects online!

Get Charged– and Pumped!– for 2013

As we watch winter getting smaller in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to start thinking about prepping all the warm weather toys for the coming months. I’m talking about the ATVs, the boat and water toys, the motorcycles, RV, lawn tractor, etc. — the stuff that’s been just sitting for the past five or so months. Unless you’ve been keeping them on life support with a battery float charger (which, by the way, would have been the forward-thinking thing to do, but if you’re like me, thoughts like that usually come late), they be dead, Jim.

Cen-Tech Battery Float Charger #42292

But l’d rather light a candle than curse your darkness. As it just so happens, Harbor Freight’s 3-in-1 Jump Starter & Power Supply is the perfect tool for just such a challenge.  This popular unit is a lifesaver when you’re stuck. Fully charged, it will jump 12-volt batteries ordinary jumper cables will fail. It provides a whopping 400 amp boost rate and comes a 3.6 watt light so you can see what you’re doing under the hood.

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And as proud owners can attest, the Cen-Tech jump starter is a veritable bacon saver:

“I bought this Jump Box on Friday, charged it over night and set out for parades on Saturday morning. During the course of the day, I used it to jump 2 SUV’s and a pickup (all big V-8′s) that had dead batteries. It handled them all off of a single charge and according to the meter, it still had plenty of juice left. Very impressed. Also includes a cigarette lighter adapter that would let you charge/ recharge it from your boat/ car in an emergency.”  Jake S. – Slidell, IA

“Just emergency boosting two stranded cars made the unit pay for itself. Loaded with features that are sorely missing from more expensive “brand name” units; such as the excellent analog volt meter. Brand name units usually have lights instead of an actual volt meter. And the built-in A/C adapter, brand names usually have a wall brick adapter that is easily damaged or lost. The battery is a standard size AGM battery that can be easily accessed and replaced if needed. The flat back panel is great for modifications, I bolted a small DC to AC inverter to use as a mobile power supply for very light duty AC devices, I use mine to run a cd boombox on picnics, better than investing on pricey D cell batteries . The mods make my booster pack a little bit of a mutant, but they have come very handy when the power goes out, at a fraction of what an all in one unit would have cost. The molded plastic really takes the bumps well, and the battery charge lasts a long time, great tool.”  Jose Jiminez

The Cen-Tech 3-in-1 Jump Starter & Power Supply sells for a low $49.99 just $39.99 with a 20% coupon!– and is available on Harbor Freight’s website or in the store.

As the resuscitative process often involves inflating tires as well, you might want to dole out just a few more bucks and get the Chicago Electric Jump Starter with Air Compressor.

Chicago Electric Jump Starter-Air Compressor

This model has the same awesome power and features as the Cen-Tech, but also comes with an invaluable 260 psi air compressor. Think that’s overkill? Think again!

“Pumped up 5 tires from a dead flat. Jump-started more than 20 cars ‘n trucks.  Still running strong. Even used in power outtage, hooked up a converter to the cig outlet and had light and TV to watch, lasted about 9 hours .”  hueyhotdogg2000 – Bula, OH

“This unit has been a great addition to my travel gear. It has been able to jump start a diesel pickup truck in the winter and the compressor has kept everything from my kids’ bicycle tires to a flat on a friend’s SUV inflated. I also found that by using the 12-V outlet with my inverter, I can use items like my TV while camping and not run down my vehicle’s battery nor keep the engine running.”  Jeff G.

For the garage, barn, car, boat and more– the Chicago Electric jump starter/air compressor can be had for a mere $60.99 ($48.79 with 20% coupon)! For that, you can buy two!

Just remember where you heard about this. You’re welcome.

 

New Survival Skills with Harbor Freight Solar Tools

In the late 60′s, high school teacher Eliot Wigginton and his students created Foxfire, a chronicle of traditional folk culture of the Southern Appalachians. The first Foxfire book introduced the colorful Aunt Arie and her fellow mountain folk, dispensing  their homespun knowledge of log cabin building, hog dressing, hill people crafts and food, and “other affairs of plain living.” It was soon followed by several other volumes, offering instructions on wagon making, midwifing, hide tanning, moonshining, knife making, rudimentary water systems, dressing wounds, and countless other tips on living off the land.


Now, call it a shift in political climate, call it social polarization, call it the writing on the wall: there is a renewed growing interest in personal emergency preparedness and self-reliance these days. This interest has manifest itself in everything from food storage to family disaster drills to bunkers in the woods, and there’s a new wave of voices disseminating information on how to be prepared. A lot of what’s being shared can be found in the Foxfire books, but a lot won’t. Much has been learned and developed over the past 50 years, and our ability to “fend for ourselves” has suddenly expanded and virtually become a mainstream industry.

Spotted him in my backyard this morning…

Enter the team of New Survival Skills, a hardcore, practical group of instructors that teaches greenhorns how to live in the wild. Visit their Facebook page and you’ll quickly see these guys are no boy scouts: “We are former or active U.S. Special Forces, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters who are now training people in survival skills.”

Team leader “Chappy” McKinney, made NSS’ mission clear:

“I want more people to see that life in the city may be hard, but life in the wilderness could kill you if you don’t know what you are doing. The skills you learn to stay alive in the wilderness relate so perfectly to everyday life. I am not saying that you will breakout with a bow drill and start a fire in your office, but you will be able to see things in such a different light that you may feel that you have been blind to the truths of everyday life.”

Recently, New Survival Skills accepted Harbor Freight’s challenge to test the Thunderbolt Magnum 13-Watt Briefcase Solar Charger (#68750), Portable Battery Solar Charger (#68690) and 1-Watt Solar Power Pack with multiple adapters for cell phones and mp3 players (#68691),  in the wild. After several days, they returned with this report:

It was awesome to learn some practical survival applications using Harbor Freight’s solar gear. I was particularly impressed how Chappy kept his cell phoned charging while hoofing it in the woods. I’m also glad he pointed out what a treasure trove of useful gear Harbor Freight Tools provides for survivalists. Even this morning, he reported from somewhere in the wilderness:

“Right now, here where I am it is 52°F with light showers, completely overcast….I have the THUNDERBOLT MAGNUM SOLAR 13 Watt Briefcase Solar Charger, from Harbor Freight Tools- item#68750 siting outside with a thin sheet of plastic sheeting over it and it is still producing 18 volts at the 12 volt setting and 33 volts on the 24 volt setting….I highly recommend this product to everyone!”

It’s easy to think that survival skills in the wild is an outdated talent for people like us. Yet, just a glance at the footage of Sandy, Katrina, Haiti and so many of Nature’s other targets, we would be fools to assume that we were invulnerable. The New Survival Skills’ leader offers another very persuasive pitch for taking their course:

“My life was changed for the better when I went into the woods as a camper.  I was put into a group with six other boys who had never met each other before and we were assigned a counselor who had the pleasure of our company in the wild for two whole weeks. We learned things that city boys did not know, like how to fish with just a line, hook and a worm, which we had to find in the dirt. We learned how to start fires without matches, how to find water, use a compass, how to ride horses and most of all we learned that survival in the woods was no game, but a test of one’s skills.  The one skill that I know was most important one taught to us was the ability to work together as a team to overcome some of the harshest country in the U.S. Later in life I had more hands-on training in wilderness survival from some of the best in the business with the U.S. Military, and put my skills and training in the wild to work as a Wildland Firefighter for a few years on a hand crew in Northern California. Now, I feel today more than ever before, that the same skills I  learned in the woods gave me the leadership skills to be a success in my professional life as well as opening my eyes to the things that have become of interest to me. I love and respect the outdoors and anything wild. My heritage is also Native American (Oglala, Lakota Sioux) and I feel a deep draw to the wilderness and doing what I can to help others see what beauty there is in it and how to respect it.”   Chappy

 

 

Tailgate Warriors… Come Out and Play!

Football! The season couldn’t have come fast enough. I was getting sick hearing nothing but politics and hopscotching around TV reruns.  But– hallelujah!– it’s time once again for Pac-12 and pro ball (Go Big Blue!)– clear the boogie boards and swimming noodles out of the man cave, kick the PS3 crap off the floor and fill the chest freezer with wings, poppers, bacon and shredded cheese. And more importantly, get ready for the blacktop!

The tailgate party is a sacred ritual, much like a holy pilgrimage or pantsing the new kid. And like any ritual that requires serious reflection, one needs to decide how they will prepare for it. For example, go with the beer shorts, don’t go with the beer shorts? Obviously, if the beer helmet is out, it leaves you looking for a viable alternative. Also boning up on your cornholing and knowing the ACO regulation cornhole rules.

To throw a successful tailgate party for a bunch of your swellest buds, you’ll want to bring awesome gear. Of course a lot of what you bring depends on your power source, if any. A gas-powered generator can bust your options wide open– and there really are a ton to consider: a crock pot for the Lil’ Smokies or nacho cheese sauce, an electric grill for burgers and dogs, a portable oven for pizza, a mini-fridge, a heater or fan–depending on the weather, a string of lights or lanterns, a radio or other sound system, an LCD TV with portable satellite receiver, a PA (“attention, fans of other team…”}, a blender or margarita machine, coffee maker… hey, you could be there as long as 12 hours, man. Gear up for any possibility.

That said, my recommendation is getting the Chicago Electric 3050 Watt 7 HP Gas Generator. It runs quiet, it’s great on gas and it’s got all the juice you need to make it a helluva party! This is Harbor Freight’s most popular generator, and the proof is in the praise:

“I use this to power my refrigerators and freezer during outages, as well as charge and run needed electronics. It is very nice for this application since you can run for 24 hours on 10 gallons. She is very quiet… fires up easily and runs smoothly. Very nice product. “

Another customer had this to say:

” I use it mainly (for) hunting and camping, but have used it for power outage. It run a 5th wheel camper AC during day and furnance at nights with TV, frig, lights, PC, water pump, with no problems, and the 4-gallon tank runs it for approx 6 hrs. with over 50% pull on it. A sweet generator for the$$$ for sure. “

Besides football tailgate parties, this generator’s the perfect companion for rave parties, swap meets and fairs, rock concert tailgates, camping, and as I previously pointed out, areas of paranormal activity.

While you’re at it, I suggest you pick up an 8″ Never-Flat Generator Wheel Kit or a slightly-more-economical Mover’s Dolly along with a handy-dandy Swivel Handle. You’ll thank me, I promise. And finally, grab a 10′ x 10′ Popup Canopy while you’re there. Unless burn is your team color.