While many people store their Cullum and Maxey RVs for the winter, some don’t – and if you’re one that normally does, you may want to reconsider that decision this year. Because of Tennessee’s climate, you can travel without having to worry about too much snow. If it does snow, it usually melts within a day or two.
Plan a trip from Nashville to the Smokey Mountains – you’ll find plenty to do. If you often travel through the area, plan your stops at places you haven’t visited. As you travel east on Interstate 40, you’ll see many parks where you can camp for the night. In most, it is best to call ahead to make reservations or to see just how full the campsites are as some of them are full.
2014 Thor Motor Coach Miramar.
One of the stops you should make if you’ve never been there is Center Hill Dam. This is on Exit 268 for SR-96/Buffalo Valley Road. Simply follow the signs to the dam. Cross the dam, and then take a right to enter the camping area. Plan to spend at least a day in the area. If you take a couple of days, you can also visit other parks in the area such as Burgess Falls and Rock Island State Park. If the camping area at Center Hill is full or closed, you can camp at Rock Island State Park.
When you’ve had your fill of the area, head east on Interstate 40. The highway will take you through Cookeville and up onto the Cumberland Plateau. There are several campgrounds in the area – you may want to stop overnight and visit the area for a day. Exit 300 takes you into Monterey. Make a left off the exit, and then at the light, take a right. At the Diary Queen, take a left onto 164. Follow 164 out to Union B Road. At the four corners, take a left onto Muddy Pond Road and follow it out to the Mennonite community.
2014 Thor Motor Coach Miramar floor plan.
Visit the general store, the leather shop, and if you are there during the fall season, stop by to see how sorghum is made the old-timey way. If you want to see some of the prettiest sites in Tennessee, follow 164 past Union B until it ends at 85. If you go left on 85, you’ll travel down a curvy road – it has hairpins – and up into the Livingston/Jamestown area. Be sure to stop at Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake to enjoy the park. Geese and ducks may come up to beg some food from you!
You can continue east to Knoxville and other eastern destinations, including the Smokey Mountains. Watch for signs along the way for parks and sights you haven’t seen before. As always, before you leave, be sure you’ve done all of the maintenance required on your RV. Cullum and Maxey can help you with the maintenance. If you plan on storing your RV when you return, Cullum and Maxey can help you winterize your RV.
Whether you just purchased a new RV from Cullum and Maxey or you have an older RV, you will need to get it ready for the winter months (unless, of course, you will be using it). Getting your RV ready for winter storage keeps the RV in excellent shape and reduces the amount of repairs and maintenance you may have to do in the spring.
Interior: Remove any food stuffs, even canned goods. If it gets below freezing pressure could build up in cans and bottles and cause them to explode, leaving you a nice mess. Even dry goods should be removed; use them over the next couple months so you’ll have fresh things for the spring camping season.
Remove all clothing. Mice will look for anywhere to get in where it’s warmer than outside. When you go to check your camper clothing inventory in the spring, you may find holes in any material and mice excrement everywhere.
Wash the bedding, and then pack it in plastic bags. Tie the bags tightly; these can be stored in the RV’s closets. The plastic bags will keep the critters from tearing up the bedding.
Thoroughly clean the interior, including vacuuming and mopping the floors, cleaning the sinks, fridge and stove. Once you’ve finished the interior, place moth balls in the closets, in the storage units and under the beds if there is storage under them.
Exterior: Wash the RV with a weak solution of bleach and water. Test the solution on an inconspicuous spot first; to be sure it doesn’t fade the paint. This will get all the pollen and grime off the paint and allow the paint job to last longer. Be sure the gas is completely off. Cover the tires. If you don’t have wheel covers, you can purchase them at Cullum and Maxey – they protect the tires from the sun and weather so the tires won’t dry rot as fast.
Plumbing: The best way to get the plumbing ready for winter is to empty the tanks and the hot water heater so that there is no water in the RV. You can also winterize the hot water heater with the winterizing kit, but it is not necessary as long as the entire plumbing system, including the hot water heater is empty.
Stop by Cullum and Maxey to pick up any supplies you need to winterize your RV and make it easier to open up for the spring and summer camping season.
You’re in the market for a new RV, but this is your first time purchasing one and when you get to Cullum and Maxey, you don’t know where to start because there are so many models and types to choose from. To save yourself some time and headache – and to keep the process a fun one – determine which type best suits your travel needs before you go shopping.
2014 Dutchmen Kodiak 26-foot travel triailer — sleeps six/no bunkhouse.
You can choose a motorized RV, which has two categories: Class A RVs are like a bus and typically have a diesel engine in the rear. Class C RVs have a front that looks like a van. Both have several sizes. You can also choose a fifth wheel, but you need a pretty strong truck – preferably with duallys – to tow the fifth wheel. A travel trailer or a “towable” hooks to a hitch on the back of your truck or SUV. Both feature regular floor plans and toy hauler floor plans.
If your travel is limited and you plan on camping once or twice a year, or you don’t own – and don’t want to buy – a truck, you can purchase a folding camper. Most cars can tow these. The bottom is hard and the top is like a tent. Not sufficient for prolonged spells on the road, but more than adequate, even convenient, for camping trips.
You also have to plan your purchase around the number of people who will be traveling with you, whether it is your family, friends, or a pack of dogs with you every time you go out. Toy haulers often sleep more people because they have a garage/cargo area with bunks that fold out of the way. However, the non-toy hauler models that sleep six or more are usually more comfortable.
Floor plan for the 2014 Dutchmen Kodiak 263RLSL travel trailer.
Once you determine the type, you have to find a floor plan you like. You can look for something with a front or rear bedroom, a bunkhouse model, a front kitchen model, or a large RV that sleeps only four if you want more living area and are only “two.”
Now that you have a good idea of what you are looking for, stop by Cullum and Maxey and let a salesperson know what you’re thinking. The salesperson can show you several models and floor plans without you having to look for them yourselves. This will make your purchasing experience quicker, easier, and less stressful. The salesperson can also offer helpful advice to narrow your decision even more.
If you want to camp during the Fall and Winter near Nashville, you can choose from many of the RV parks or you can choose from state parks. Most of the state parks in the area have available campsites and are usually near or on lakes and rivers.
State park camping is popular, so you should always check the park’s campground availability by calling or visiting the online website for each campground. Before you head out, be sure to service your RV at Cullum & Maxey.
Rock Island State Park: Rock Island State Park is about an hour and 40 minutes from Nashville. The park features 60 campsites and each site features a 30-amp electrical hookup, a water hookup, a picnic table and grill. The area also features hot water showers in the camping area. If you have a self-contained RV, the park provides a dump station. Reservations are recommended and sites run from $8 to $25.
Rock Island features tons of trails over 883 acres and is located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake where the Collins and Caney Fork rivers meet. While at the park, you should definitely hike the trail through the Caney Fork Gorge below the Great Falls Dam. When you stand looking at the beauty of Great Falls, remember that this is the largest cascading waterfall in Tennessee. The falls are located just below the 19th century cotton textile mill. The falls used to power the mill over 100 years ago.
2014 Thor Motorcoach interior
At the park, not only will you find hiking, but you can swim (though you probably won’t do that in the winter), fish, kayak and explore. The whitewater sections in the park attract some of the best professional freestyle kayakers throughout the world.
Rock Island is located at 82 Beach Road, Rock Island, TN 38581. You can contact the park for reservations and more information at (931) 683-2471 or visit the website at tnstateparks.com/parks/contact/rock-island.
Fall Creek Falls: Fall Creek Falls is about a two-hour ride from Nashville. The park is located in Pikesville, TN and is the most visited and largest park in Tennessee. It covers over 26,000 acres and is full of waterfalls, cascades, gorges, virgin hardwood timber and streams. One of the highest waterfalls in the Eastern United States is Fall Creek Falls – it is 256 feet.
The park features 238 campsites plus offers backcountry camping. You can hike the long or short trails including the trail to the base of Fall Creek Falls. Plus you’ll find two overnight trails. There are programs at the Nature Center including hands-on educational programs, movies, arts and crafts and more.
The park features four playgrounds and guided trail rides from the horse stables. It also has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and five covered picnic pavilions. If you are a golfer, you can enjoy a round on the 18-hole golf course.
If you are itching to visit the parks in the area but don’t have an RV, stop by Cullum & Maxey to find the perfect RV for your family. You can visit the parks on day trips, but you won’t be able to see everything you should see – you’re better off reserving a week so you can enjoy the full impact of the parks and their beauty.
Many people like to visit a business that cares about the community and its people. When a business gets involved in the community, including medical issues within the community, everyone benefits.
Cullum and Maxey gets involved in Nashville happenings, including support for breast cancer.
From now until Oct. 31, 2013, we will donate $1 for every Facebook page like. The money will benefit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The walk will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at LP Field. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 9:00 a.m.
For more information about the Walk, visit Cullum and Maxey’s Facebook page or stop by the dealership in Nashville.
If you are in the market for a new RV, when you stop by to get more information about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, you can also tour several RVs on the lot to help determine which RV is best suited for you.
Support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by liking Cullum and Maxey’s Facebook Page.
Whether you need something for occasional camping for you and your spouse, something a little bigger for a family or something with a bunk house for a larger family or to take friends out hunting and fishing, you’re sure to find it at Cullum and Maxey. The Nashville RV dealer also has several different brands so that you can find something to fit your financial picture.
You can also choose from Class A gas or diesel motor homes, fifth wheels, travel trailers and toy haulers. Cullum and Maxey also have folding trailers and hybrids.
When you support this Nashville RV dealership, it supports the community in return. Help the staff at Cullum and Maxey support breast cancer by liking their Facebook page or by stopping by the dealership.
Fall is here and it’s time to start prepping the RV for winter storage – unless you plan on taking your RV south for the winter. Even if you plan on using your RV throughout the fall for hunting, you need to prep it for winter in the event that Tennessee gets some really cold nights.
Exterior: Clean the exterior thoroughly. Any grime will start to fade the paint over time. You should actually do this at least twice per year if not more often. You can soap and water; for more stubborn stains, a weak bleach and water mixture. Always test this in an inconspicuous spot to make sure that it doesn’t discolor your RV.
2014 Thor Motor Coach
Every fall, you should also check the roof. If the sealing compound looks cracked, reseal the roof. Some travel trailers Tennessee have a one-piece roof so you may not have to seal it. You should climb up there anyway so you can check the air conditioning unit and the general condition of the roof.
Make sure all lights are in good working order and that no wires or hoses are loose or hanging where they shouldn’t be. Empty the hot water tank and make sure all of the holding tanks are empty and clean. Liquid left in the tanks during the winter could freeze and damage the tanks.
Interior: Give the interior a thorough cleaning. Remove any food, even if it is dry goods or canned. Use that during the winter, then replenish your stock in the early spring. Fold all blankets and sheets and store them in large plastic bags. Place mothballs in strategic places, including cabinets. During the winter mice will be looking for a warm place to hide out and will get into the RV.
2014 Thor Motor Coach Floor Plan
Plumbing: If you completely empty the holding tanks and the hot water heater, you won’t have to go through the winterization process for the plumbing. Since there is no water left in the system, you can’t damage it. While it is a bit more work, especially if you plan to use the RV during the winter, there is less chance of damaging the plumbing if it is completely empty.
Stop by Cullum & Maxey today to pick up accessories to make winterization easier. If you don’t have an RV and are in the market for a fifth wheel, travel trailer, motorhome or toy hauler, stop by the showroom today to walk through several models and floor plans – and ask us about any specials we may be running.
It’s fall and that means football, apple pie and holidays. It also means it’s tailgating season. Many people tailgate in the back of their trucks or haul everything in the trunk, but the ultimate tailgating party involves an RV and some overnight camping. If you can’t get into the parking lot the night before, you can always find a nearby camping spot.
The Best RVs for Tailgating:
The best RVs for tailgating have a huge canopy and an outdoor kitchen and a bunkhouse. Of course you need a place for all of your friends to sleep, so an RV with a bunkhouse such as the 2014 Forest River Wildwood 28DBUD, available at Cullum & Maxey, would be perfect. While this model doesn’t have an outdoor kitchen, it does sleep up to eight people and has a 16-foot awning.
Another great model if you want to tailgate with your family and let the friends bring their own RV, is the 2014 Thor Motorcoach Hurricane 34F, which sleeps six people. The 34F is a 35-foot motor home with full wall slide outs and a king sized bed. While it doesn’t have an outdoor kitchen, it does have a large awning, a large shower and a mid-ship 32-inch Always-in-View TV swivel system. This is perfect for those who want to go to the game with you, but can’t get tickets – they can watch the game right from the RV. Thor also makes a 34J Bunkhouse model that sleeps eight.
2014 Thor Hurricane Motorcoach 34F
If you are in the market for an RV and are considering tailgating, not just camping, keep in mind the number of people you want to bring with you and opt for a bunkhouse model. When you pack up for an overnight tailgating party, you can store plenty of food for a few meals, plus you have pass through storage on many models so you can haul chairs, a cooler for drinks, extra beer, a grill and games for the evening. Don’t forget the football!
Stop by Cullum & Maxey today to walk through several floor plans. When you find the one you like, take it for a test drive – if it’s a motor coach. Go Titans!
When purchasing a new RV at a Tennessee RV dealer, you consider the obvious things such as sleeping arrangements and holding tank size, but you should consider several other things. When you first discuss purchasing an RV, stop by Cullum & Maxey and walk through some of the models to get some ideas of what you should consider.
Kitchen: If you are not big on cooking outside, you may want to consider an RV with a three-burner stove and an oven instead of a two-burner stove. Many RVs do not have an oven, though some of those – usually the more expensive trim levels – do have a convection/microwave oven. If you plan on baking casseroles or desserts, you will need one or the other.
Privacy: In addition to sleeping arrangements, you need to consider privacy. Some RVs have no door to the master bedroom area and some have folding doors while others have “real” doors. If you are camping with friends or children and prefer the privacy, you may want to consider an RV with some type of doors.
2014 Forest River Wildwood. Photo Credit: Cullum & Maxey
Bathroom: Pick an RV with a bathroom that suits your bathroom habits. If someone always seems to have to use the bathroom while another person is in the shower, you may want to consider a floor plan with a separate shower instead of a floor plan that has a conventional bathroom.
Storage: A huge consideration is storage. If you are going on short weekend trips, storage is not a huge issue. However, if you are using the RV for longer trips or to travel across the country, you will need large pass-through storage. You can use the storage to stow hunting and fishing equipment, patio furniture, extra luggage and dirty laundry. You can also stow extra dry goods in the pass-through storage, thus minimizing your shopping trips.
Before you purchase a new RV, be sure you stop by Cullum & Maxey, a Tennessee RV dealer, to check out different brands and floor plans. Ask a salesperson about specific upgrades if you find an RV you like but it is missing that one thing you need.
When you buy a new or used RV, you may want to get some accessories for it, including organizers and outdoor entertainment items. You can get many accessories at Cullum & Maxey whether for the bathroom, galley, outdoors or living space.
Using accessories to keep organized makes a small space seem much larger. For the bathroom, you might want to get a Combination Staytion, which includes a Storage Staytion, storage basket, bar soap holder, toothbrush holder, hooks and a sprayer.
If you are going camping when the weather is mucky - whether in the spring rains or the fall/winter snows - you can protect your carpet with a carpet shield. This self-adhesive film rolls down by hand and protects the carpet from tracked-in dirt, stains, mud and anything else. It’s also easy to remove and protects a carpet for up to 30 days. A big benefit is that the surface is non-slip and highly resistant to punctures and tears.
It’s always a hassle packing up dishes, pots and pans, and then unpacking them when you get home. Instead, purchase a separate set of tableware and cookware for the RV. You can get collapsible bowls, colanders, measuring cups, prep bowls and more. You’ll have everything you need to cook the perfect meal, plus the collapsible items won’t take up a ton of space.
For extra storage, purchase the Pop-a-Series storage solutions. You can store plates, bowls, plastic bags and napkins in unused space under cabinets. Shelf helpers come in various sizes and shapes so you can create more storage inside a taller cabinet or between widely-spaced shelves.
Bring a large cooler with you. Instead of taking valuable refrigerator space for beer and soda, keep the drinks in a cooler full of ice. If you get a good quality cooler that advertising keeping ice for several days and put it in the shade, you’ll have to buy ice once every three to four days.
For the outside, an awning mat helps keep dirt from being tracked into the RV, plus gives you a space to step outside without having to worry about putting shoes on. Awning clips hold the awning tight so the rain doesn’t pool into the awning.
Stop by Cullum & Maxey before your next trip to pick up space and time-saving RV accessories.
From August 8 through September 9, 2013, Cullum & Maxey will donate $1 for every Facebook page “like” their page receives to Monroe Harding. Everyone should go over and like their page, then invite their friends to like the page – it’s for a great cause!
Monroe Harding features programs for children and youth who are in state custody or are in the foster care system. They help these young people find support, safety, and caring people to help them. Even if a child has aged out of foster care, Monroe Harding provides comprehensive services to those in the system.
One of the “can’t miss” RVs to look at – 2013 Dutchmen Voltage. Photo Credit: Cullum & Maxey
Other programs include cooperative living, foster care, youth connections, and independent living. The company started out in 1893 as an orphanage and now provides foster care and help for those who need it in educational gains, finding volunteer work, finding jobs, and developing healthy relationships.
Now, it’s back to school time and young people in foster care need help getting school supplies and learning how to cope with new relationships at school, and some may even have to get used to a new family. Going back to school for many children is expensive by the time they have to buy uniforms, books. and other school supplies. This could tax a foster family, especially if that foster family already has children or fosters more than one child.
Head over to Cullum & Maxey’s Facebook page and click the like button so they will send $1 over to help Monroe Harding. While you’re on Facebook, tag Cullum & Maxey in your recent RV adventures, especially if you purchased your RV from them.
After browsing through the Facebook page, if your new dream is owning an RV, stop by Cullum & Maxey to look at the many different models, including fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers.
Some of their toy haulers are great – not only do you have room to put your ATVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles and other toys, but most have extra bunks in the heated cargo area. You can not only take your whole family on vacation, but you can even invite some of your friends for a hunting or fishing trip… hunting season in most states is coming up fast!