When you’re out tailgating you’re in a sea of people, how do you let people know where your party is? Granted cell phones play a big role, but wouldn’t it just be easier to tell them to look for the big ass team flag flying 20 feet up in the air?
You’ve probably already thought of this and so you’re looking to buy a flagpole for tailgating but where can you find them and which one’s the best one? Don’t worry, we here at Ultimate Tailgating have done the dirty work and can give you some options.
When it comes to flagpoles, bigger is better. It’s not just the machismo factor; you want people to see your flag. That’s the whole point. The higher the flagpole the more people can see it. Blah blah blah.
In order to get a big-ass flagpole up there you’re going to need a telescoping flagpole and we’ve picked out the best one. We like this 20ft Telescoping Flagpole for use at tailgates. As with most telescoping flagpoles, it easily expands anywhere from 5 to 20 feet by simply raising the section and twisting it until it locks into place. The flagpole is 5ft when completely closed so it still fits nicely into most tailgating vehicles. It comes with clips that are mounted on a rotating ring so the flag flies whichever direction the wind blows and you don’t have to worry about it getting tangled up. But what really sold us on this one was that it’s made from a thicker gauge of aluminum than most of the other telescoping flagpoles out there. With some of the flimsier flagpoles there was complaints of the flagpole bending in high winds often to the point of permanent damage. This one is constructed using rust-proof 16″ aluminum that has a diameter of 2-5/8″. It comes with a US flag (nothing wrong with that) and a 1 year limited warranty which doesn’t specify whether it covers wind damage (my guess is no).
Mounting the Flagpole
The problem with flagpoles is mounting them. Basically you’ve got three options.
- Option 1 – Ground mount. This is a base adapter that has a corkscrew which secures it into the ground. These mounts are often tenuous at best. They’ve been known to hold up ok, but you have to install them correctly which is usually pretty difficult.
- Option 2 – Hitch mount. This piece is a special flagpole adapter that goes into the hitch of a truck or SUV. While this is definitely a good use of the hitch, many times it’s not the only thing that goes there (Trailers, portable grills, TV stands, benches and tables, etc.). It’s always an option to keep in mind.
- Option 3 – Tire mount. This one is our favorite option as it provides a secure way to mount the flag and it’s not using up valuable space. Plus it’s out of the way. Basically, the tire mount has a long piece of metal that goes under the tire and the weight of the vehicle secures the flagpole into place.