National Park Staycation!

If you want to take a staycation, you can still have a lot of fun in Tennessee. Visit some of the national parks around the area. If you don’t mind a 6- to 7-hour drive, you could even head over to the Smoky Mountains. And, there are plenty of parks that are closer.

National Parks in Tennessee

Greenville is the site of the Andrew Jackson national historic site. This is for more of a day trip instead of an RV trip. Visit the site and the National Cemetery.

Appalachian Trail

Whether you just want to “touch” the mountains, or travel a bit, the Appalachian national scenic trail is 2,180 miles long and runs from Maine to Georgia. You can get on the trail near Chattanooga and there are many campgrounds along the trail.

Big South Fork

Big South Fork is located on the Cumberland Plateau and covers 125,000 acres. The national river and recreation area contains the Big South Fork National River and the Cumberland River. Enjoy scenic gorges, historic features, sandstone bluffs and more.

Cumberland Gap

The Cumberland Gap is the first gateway to the west. The Native Americans, buffalo, pioneer and the long hunter traveled on this route through the mountains into Kentucky. The park features miles of scenic features and trails.

Great Smoky Mountains

Head over to the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee to camp in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Be sure your camera has plenty of battery life as you’ll need to it to capture the diverse animal and plant life.

Obed Wild and Scenic River

Wartburg is the site of the Obed Wild and Scenic River along the Cumberland Plateau. Enjoy camping and fishing in this area. The Obed looks much like it did in the late 1700s because of the poor farming soil.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Before you head out on your Tennessee staycation, be sure to have your RV serviced for the season at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center. If you don’t have an RV and want to see parts of the state you haven’t seen before, stop by our RV showroom to pick out a new RV.

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Visit Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in Your RV

Ober Gatlinburg is the premier skiing and snow sport destination in Tennessee. Located near the town of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ober Gatlinburg offers visitors unparalleled skiing, shopping, and dining.

The only ski resort in Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg has eight ski trails, three chair lifts, a wildlife encounter area (which may include animals such as river otters, flying squirrels, and raccoons). Founded in 1962, the resort also hosts an outdoor shopping center, a skating rink, a full service lounge, restaurants, snack bars, and an amusement park.

Enjoy Your Favorite Winter Activities

Whether you’re a ski enthusiast, a snowboarder, or an ice skater, Ober Gatlinburg has something for everyone. Even if you’re just looking to get away into the mountains, you can still enjoy the amenities, such as upscale shopping and great food.

Location and Stats

Ober Gatlinburg is located at 1339 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN.

Its top elevation is 3300 feet and its base elevation is 2700 feet. Snowfall is 30 inches.

Where Can I Setup my RV?

The area around the resort hosts several RV parks. For those making a day stop at the resort (or for those who would rather seek onsite accommodation), parking an RV is permitted.

Ober Gatlinburg is connected to downtown Gatlinburg via aerial tram, so visitors can also base themselves out of the nearby town rather than the resort.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Before you head up into the mountains, visit the showroom at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the various floor plans so you can choose your new RV for your winter skiing trip. Whether you are upgrading or buying your first RV, we’ll help you decide which model is best for you and the adventures you have in mind. Choose from motorized RVs, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and more!

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The 2016 Winnebago Tour

If you are in the market for an RV to travel around the country, tour the 2016 Winnebago Tour 42QD. This 42-foot model features three slides so it has plenty of room to move around and not go stir crazy. This Class A diesel is powered by a Cummins 450 engine so it has plenty of power to tow a vehicle behind it.

The 42QD Floor Plan

The entry is in the cab on the passenger side. Once you walk in, you’ll immediately see the two captain’s chairs for the driver and front passenger. These comfortable chairs swivel around when you’re not driving so you have extra seating for the living area. Directly behind the cab, you’ll find a fireplace, television, a pull-out/flip-up table, a recliner and a 60-inch by 75-inch expandable sectional sofa.

Just behind the living room, you’ll find a free-standing dinette with a buffet and four chairs, and a full kitchen with tons of storage and a pull-out counter. The kitchen features a large residential refrigerator with water and ice in the door and a double sink. Additional features include tons of cabinets, a microwave oven and an oven under the flat top cooktop.

The area behind the dinette contains a the residential fridge and a pantry. Just behind the kitchen, you’ll find a half bath with a toilet and sink. Walk through the sliding door into the master suite to find two wardrobes, space for a television, two nightstands and a king-size bed.

The rear bathroom features a toilet, large shower, large linen closet, washer and dryer, and a sink. Since the bathroom is in the rear, it has plenty of space so you won’t feel cramped. Options include a euro recliner instead of a recliner and two ottomans for the sofa.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

If you are ready to purchase your next second home, stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the 2016 Winnebago Tour 42QD and to take it for a test ride. You’ll learn more about this model’s features including the plumping and electrical features, holding tank features and about the premium materials used in creating this home away from home.

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January Events in Nashville

While it might be a tad early to get the RV ready for spring travel, those in the market for their first RV or who want to upgrade their RV this season should stop by our showroom to walk through the many floor plans we have available. And if you are planning an RV trip this January, be sure everything in the RV is working properly. Don’t assume that because it worked last season that it is still working – give the RV a test run by powering everything up. Meanwhile, Nashville has tons of events in January that you can attend to make the time until your first trip go by faster.

Nashville Flea Market

Visit the Nashville Flea Market through January 24, 2016 at the Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Avenue. Whether you want to pick up something for yourself, start working on gifts for next year or an upcoming birthday, or just want something to do, you’ll have a great time browsing through the various booths.

Robyn Hitchcock and Friends with Emma Swift

You have two chances to catch Robyn Hitchcock at The Basement East, 917 Woodland Street, Nashville. Admission is $5 for either night – Wednesday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. And you’ll never know who else might show up to this show. Enjoy original music and covers. Emma Swift opens for these two shows.

Comedy Night

Every Monday at Bobby’s Idle Hour, 1028 16th Avenue South in Nashville, catch Chad Riden’s open mic comedy show. Sign-up is at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Make sure you practice your jokes! And since Bobby’s Idle Hour is on Music Row, you never know who you’ll run into.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Now is the time to visit the showroom at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the various floor plans so you can choose your new RV. Whether you are upgrading or buying your first RV, we’ll help you decide which model is best for you. Choose from motorized RVs, travel trailers, fifth wheels and more.

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Gifts for Your RV

Even if you are not using your RV now, this is a great time to pick up some gifts for your RV so that you are ready to hit the road in the spring. And, if you do use your RV during the colder months, these will come in handy no matter where you camp. Stop by our parts warehouse to pick up accessories that you may want or need for your next trip.

RV Cover

Keep your RV from getting green mold on it by keeping it covered. An RV cover also protects the RV from the sun and from whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at it including rain, snow, sticks, hail and more.

Awning Mat

Pick up an awning mat so that you can walk out of your RV onto something comfortable. The awning mat also helps you track less dirt inside when you are parked in an area that doesn’t have grass or clean concrete.

Stainless Steel Percolator

If you’re old enough, you might remember your parents making coffee in one of these, or you may have used one for coffee. A percolator is great because it works on gas or electric stoves; and you could also make coffee outside over the fire.

Carpet Shield

Clear carpet shields come in handy when you’re camping in an area that has mud or snow. You’ll protect your carpets from ground in mud or salt-laden snow and slush, thus making your floors easier to clean.

Step Rugs

Pick up some wrap-around step rugs for the outside steps so you don’t track in a bunch of dirt or dirty snow. You can easily rinse these out when they get too dirty – or you can vacuum them if the dirt is dry. They’ll also prevent you from slipping on the steps when they are wet or icy.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any RV accessories you may need. If you don’t have an RV and think camping out, especially for special events, sounds like fun, stop by our showroom to walk through our many floor plans.

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The 2016 Grand Design Solitude 368RD

If you are looking for a spacious fifth wheel that sleeps up to four people, walk through the 2016 Grand Design Solitude 368RD. This 36-footer features three slides and tons of interior features so that you’ll hardly know you’re camping.

Interior Features

Interior features include a residential Everpedic mattress, Dometic premium 15,000 BTU air conditioning in the living area, Solid Surface countertops, hardwood cabinet doors, an electric fireplace, theater-style HDTV and sound bar, AM/FM/DVD player with Bluetooth, a space for the optional washer and dryer, TV prep for an optional television in the bedroom and alarms for smoke, LP and carbon monoxide.

The Floor Plan

The entry way is in the middle of the RV; and when you step in and look directly to your right, you’ll see the steps leading to the hall bathroom and the front king bedroom. The bathroom features a large shower with a seat, a linen closet, vanity and a foot-flush toilet. The front bedroom features a shirt closet, a walk-in closet, washer and dryer prep, pullout ottoman, dresser and a 72-inch by 80-inch king bed.

From the entry way, looking to the left, you’ll see theater seating, an L-shaped sofa, and an entertainment center with television and fireplace. As you walk through the living room, you’ll walk into the kitchen and dining area. This area features a full galley with a double sink, large dinette, a stainless steel fridge, pantry, stove, microwave and tons of overhead cabinets.

Slides

The head of the king bed is contained in a slide so you’ll have plenty of room to walk around the bedroom. Since most of the bed is not encased by walls, you won’t have a problem trying to crawl across the bed while you’re making it.

The galley and the L-shaped sofa are also contained in a slide on the left side of the RV; and the right side features a large slide with the theater seating, pantry and fridge.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

To learn more about the 2016 Grand Design Solitude 368RD, stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center for a walk through.

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December Nashville Events

If you are looking for something to do this December and want to take the RV out for a spin, check out some of these December events. You can find RV parks near these events if you are from out of town or you could just travel to the events from home if you live in the Nashville area. Even if you live nearby, camping out and going to the events is a lot of fun.

Music City Hayride Show

On Friday, December 4, 2015 from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. take a hayride and visit with Santa. Elvis will also be making an appearance. The hayride show will be at the Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, 37214. Admission is $10. For more information call JK Coltrain at (615) 720-0274.

Nashville’s Nutcracker

From December 5, 2015 through December 23, 2015, the Nashville Ballet will present Nashville’s Nutcracker. The show will be held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center with the Nashville Symphony. For tickets call (844) 425-0513 or visit tickets.nashville.com. The Performing Arts Center is located at 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 37219.

Nashville Holiday Lights Tour

From December 6, 2015 through December 28, 2015, enjoy the Nashville Holiday Lights Tour, which features tons of Christmas lights and decorations in Franklin and Brentwood. This guided tour takes you through neighborhood that are extravagantly decorated and the Lotz House for a walking tour. Admission includes hot cider and cookies. The tour leaves from select Nashville hotels near Music Valley Drive. For tickets and more information visit partner.viator.com/en/17203/tours/Nashville/Nashville-Holiday-Lights-Tour-Including-Lotz-House/d799-3131HOLIDAY.

Vince Gill & Amy Grant

Attend Christmas at the Ryman with Vince Gill and Amy Grant from December 2, 2015 through December 23, 2015. Get your tickets for this event early as they tend to sell out quickly. The Ryman is located at 116 5th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, 37219. For tickets and more information, visit tickets.nashville.com/events/vince-gill-amy-grant-tickets.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

If you don’t have an RV and camping out while you are attending events sounds like a lot of fun, stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the many RV floor plans we have available.

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How to Make the Perfect Hot Chocolate

Camping during the winter could be fun if you’re well-prepared. That includes ensuring that your RV is ready for the cold months and packing the right foods to help keep you warm, including the ingredients to make the best hot chocolate. Whether you are using the RV to spend Thanksgiving at your favorite camping spot or you are hunting, your trip is more comfortable when you are able quickly warm up after spending time outside.

Hot Chocolate

This recipe makes four servings. If you have a larger family or are out with several friends on a hunting trip and need more, the conversion is also listed. If you need any accessories to help make this hot chocolate, whether larger camping pots or even an outdoor grill or stove, visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to find what you need.

  • 1/3 (2/3) cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ (1 ½) cup white sugar
  • 1 (2) pinch of salt
  • 1/3 (2/3) cup boiling water
  • 3 ½ (7) cups milk
  • ¾ (1 ½) teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ (1) cup half and half cream
  • Cream to cool the hot chocolate
  • Whipped cream
  • Peppermint sticks
  • Shaved dark chocolate

Mix the cocoa, sugar and the salt in a saucepan. Add the boiling water and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring it constantly. Simmer the mixture for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. You don’t want the mixture to scorch, so watch the heat and continue stirring.

Stir in the milk and heat the mixture until it’s hot, but do not let it boil. Remove the hot chocolate from the heat and add the vanilla. Divide the hot chocolate between four (eight) mugs and add a splash of cream to make it drinking temperature. Garnish the hot chocolate with whipped cream and add a peppermint stick. Sprinkle shaved dark chocolate over the top of the whipped cream.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any accessories you may need. If you don’t have an RV yet but think spending the holidays camping or hunting sounds like fun, stop by our showroom to walk through the many floor plans we have available.

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The 2016 Thor Motor Coach Hurricane

If you are looking for a great RV that sleeps up to eight people, and it’s motorized and runs on gas, walk through the 2016 Thor Motor Coach Hurricane. This RV features one large slide on the driver’s side that contains a dinette, sofa, two wardrobes outside of the bedroom and the wardrobes in the bedroom.

The Floor Plan

When you first walk in the entry and look to your right, you’ll see the two swivel captain’s chairs and the cab of the Hurricane. That area also features a removable coffee table between the two seats. Looking straight ahead, you’ll see the 42-inch by 85-inch dream dinette, which folds down into a bed.

Just to your left, you’ll find a double sink, three-burner range, a microwave, residential fridge and a pantry. Across from the galley, you’ll find a 60-inch by 74-inch sofa, which also folds down into a bed. Facing the rear of the RV and on the left, you’ll find a 40-inch LED television.

As you move past the television, you’ll see the door for the bathroom, which is on your left. The bathroom features a foot flush toilet, vanity and a 30-inch by 35-inch shower. The bathroom also features a linen cabinet. Just across from the bathroom door, you’ll find a wardrobe, which could also house a washer and dryer. And, just to the left of it is another wardrobe.

The sliding door leads to the rear bedroom, which features a dresser, wardrobe and 72-inch by 76-inch king size bed. The bedroom also features two nightstands. The exterior of the RV features an exterior kitchen and has a spot for an optional 32-inch exterior television.

Additional Features

The cab features cup holders and storage bins in the center console and a large combination screen for the radio and other features. The dinette table features two cup holders against the wall so that those riding in the rear don’t have to worry about their drinks sliding across the table during travel.

Visit Cullum and Maxey

Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to walk through the 2016 Thor Motor Coach Hurricane and to learn more about this elegant RV’s features.

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The Best Way to Cook Turkey in Your RV

If you’re planning a trip over Thanksgiving, you can still cook turkey in your RV’s oven, even if it is too small to hold a whole turkey. You actually have two options if you have a covered grill with a high dome. Before you leave, make sure you have everything you need for a great Thanksgiving dinner. If your RV doesn’t have a residential-sized fridge and freezer, you can pack a turkey in ice in a cooler for a few days. Be sure to check it two days prior to Thanksgiving to see if it’s thawed or needs more time.

Cooking a Turkey in a Small Oven

You can still cook a whole turkey in a small oven and even have stuffing. Cut the wings, breasts, thighs and drumsticks from the turkey body. Arrange them in the bottom of a pan that fits in your oven. The turkey frame will have more bits of meat on it, including the bottom. Cut those off. Dice them and pan fry them with a bit of garlic butter, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Add them to your favorite stuffing recipe. Cover the turkey pieces with the stuffing and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until the turkey is done. Cooking times will vary depending on how much stuffing you use and how big the turkey pieces are.

Cooking Turkey on a Grill

If your grill is large enough and has a high enough dome, set two burners so that the grill temperature is 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the turkey in a roasting pan just as you would in your home oven. Cover the turkey and place it on the side of the grill with the unlit burners. If you put it over the lit burners, it will burn on the outside and will be raw on the inside. Cook the turkey as you normally would in your house oven.

Visit Cullum & Maxey Camping Center

If spending Thanksgiving in an RV sounds like fun but you don’t have an RV, stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through our many floor plans. If you already have an RV, stop by to pick up any accessories you may need for your upcoming trip.

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