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Motorhomes and travel trailers have been fixtures on tailgating lots across the country for decades, and some Michiana RV companies have started taking the game day party tradition to a new level.

After one tailgate at Notre Dame University in fall 2013, Scott Tuttle began thinking about how an RV could be redesigned for a better tailgating experience, the Elkhart Truth reports.

“We thought we could design a really cool tailgate-type product based on products we were already building at the time,” said Tuttle, president of Livin’ Lite RV, a subsidiary of Thor Industries.

About a month later, the company finished its first Game Day Trailer — a 24-foot towable trailer with two fold-down bars, massive flat-screen televisions, men’s and women’s restrooms, a four-door refrigerator and freezer, a kitchenette and a grill.

“I don’t know that I’ve met anyone that’s seen it and didn’t think it was one of coolest things they’ve ever seen,” Tuttle said

The product went on the market in 2014 and Tuttle estimates the company has made about two-dozen of them.

Livin’ Lite also can make custom leather couches in buyers’ team colors so they can relax in the shade of the trailer’s awning in the same comfort they’d have in their living rooms.

While the product was designed for die-hard tailgating fans, about 80 percent of the units Livin’ Lite has made were purchased by companies to use at corporate events, Tuttle said.

Bristol-based Renegade RV prides itself on being able to take a customer’s vision and turn it into a custom-built motorhome or trailer.

One of the company’s latest creations is a party bus built last month for golf apparel company TravisMathew. As part of the company’s Awesome Tour, the bus is criss-crossing the country this summer and making stops at golf invitationals, where it becomes a hangout for the golfers, said Matt Reed, the tour supervisor.

The Renegade bus offers a place for the tournaments’ golfers to relax – whether on its giant fold-down patio or rooftop – have a drink and watch the tournament, Reed said.

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