New Site

BattleWagon.net has been completely redesigned!  As you may have noticed, the old site was getting a bit clumsy to navigate, and it was even harder to edit and update. When the site was started in 1999, it was hand-coded HTML written with Notepad. That was quickly replaced by a shareware HTML editor from CoffeeCup Software, and finally by DreamWeaver from MacroMedia. Although DreamWeaver streamlined the process significantly, the pages still needed to be created individually. With anywhere from ten to fifty photo pages being added after each game, it was still quite time consuming. As the site grew to several hundred pages, DreamWeaver began to bog down to a hair-pulling, head-pounding crawl. Something needed to be done…

Among them:

  • Users can leave comments on photos
  • Users can add links to Vikings or tailgating related sites
  • The guest book has anti-spam security features
  • Visitors can  “rate” the photos
  • Discussion board will be available
  • RSS feeds to notify you of updated content

Some of the new features will require a user ID and password. Just register with the Login form on the bottom left of most pages, and you’re set (no spam, I promise). In the future, additional features are planned, including the ability for users to submit photos, a web cam (virtual tailgating), as well as many others. I encourage any comments you may have, positive or negative, as the site progresses.

Welcome

Welcome to the home page of the Battle Wagon, dedicated to the pursuit of the ultimate tailgating vehicle. The Battle Wagon was created by four die-hard Minnesota Vikings fans of questionable sanity.The idea was conceived in late 1998 as we huddled around a camp fire in the Washington Avenue parking lot, drinking beer before a Vikings game, thinking of ways to beat the Minnesota winter. We saw a few people tailgating in their RVs, and some in their purple painted cars, vans, and pickup trucks. We’ll never know if it was sheer genius or too much alcohol, but the two ideas merged into one, and the concept that eventually became the Battle Wagon was born.

battle wagon side view

The outside of the Battle Wagon is painted Ford “Ultra Violet” with custom graphics, hand painted by Tom Griffin. Mounted on the roof are marine-type all weather speakers, Federal Signal revolving lights with purple domes, and a retractable satellite dish. There is also a CB antenna and a wind sensor for the Davis Weather Wizard III system which is installed inside the truck. On the front of the truck are yellow strobe lights, a pair of steer horns, and flashing purple fog lights. Other accessories include stainless wheel covers, Vikings flags, and a Vikings license plate.

The interior is set up like a den, with paneled walls and astroturf on the floor. There is a functional gas fireplace over one wheel well and a couch over the other. An easy chair (known affectionately as “Grandma’s Chair” in honor of the late Laura Moravec, 1900-2000) sits on one side of the fireplace, and a 25 inch color console television sits on the other. A Technics stereo receiver and the satellite decoder are placed on top of the TV. The walls are covered with Vikings memorabilia including photos of Fran Tarkenton, Fred Cox, and Mick Tinglehoff, as well as some more recent pictures of Robert Smith, Cris Carter, Randy Moss, etc. In the front of the truck are all the electronics and controls for the satellite dish, exterior lights, and sound system.

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Have a vision

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A back up plan

Once the project is underway you need to be prepared for things to go over in terms of monetary costs and time frames. This is why it is a bad idea to go into home builds and custom home builders in Melbourne without any wriggle room.

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