Before you head out on your next camping trip, be sure to pick up any parts or accessories you need – including cool camping gadgets to make your trip fun and easy. If your RV is prepped for a central vacuum or a washer and dryer, add those items to make your trip easier.
If you hike a lot, pick up a portable water purification system so that you don’t have to carry so much water. You can drink water from a creek after you put it through a purification system. You’ll find various types of systems from a straw to small filters.
While you have a nice warm shower in the RV, you may decide to hike an overnight trail or take a canoe across a lake to an island. Having a portable solar shower will keep you clean. Fill it with 5 gallons of water and put it in the sun for a few hours. The sun will heat the water to 120 degree Fahrenheit. When you’re done, fold the shower back up and put it in your pack.
Even larger RVs have limited kitchen storage space so having collapsible bowls gives you the extra space for more pans or more food storage. They’re also made of plastic and are easy to clean and you won’t break them like you could with glass bowls.
Portable DVD Player
If your RV is set up to use an antenna and you prefer to skip the satellite television, pack a portable DVD player. For those times when you have absolutely no reception, that DVD player will keep you entertained.
Bring a side-by-side with you – haul it in the toy hauler you’re picking up from Cullum and Maxey or put it on a trailer. If the area you’re in has tons of trails, you’ll have more fun exploring since you can go farther. The UTV with a dump bed also comes in handy if you just need to run down the street to the store or if you’re looking for firewood along some of the trails.
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Be sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey to pick up any accessories you may need – or to walk through our floor plans if you are buying your first RV or are upgrading your current RV.
When planning a road trip, you’ll want to make up a great play list. Add some of the top country songs about road trips to help you stay entertained on your road trip. Country music has many songs about road trips, but you’ll want some of the best.
Take Me Home (Country Roads) by John Denver was a signature hit for the popular singer. Recorded in 1971, this is a song that most people know – and are reminded of, especially if they are driving through the country roads of West Virginia.
On the Road Again by Willie Nelson is another popular favorite. After all, who hasn’t had those lyrics run through their head as they were traveling down the road? This 1980 smash hit won a Grammy for best country song and was also named as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs of all time.
Life is a Highway was originally written and recorded by Tom Cochrane; but it was covered by Rascal Flatts in 2006 for the Cars soundtrack.
Highwayman by the Highwaymen – Willie, Waylon, Kris and Johnny, the outlaws of country – takes you on a haunting trip.
King of the Road by Roger Miller is a great golden oldie to have on that road trip.
I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash starts out slow and quickens up so watch your foot so that it doesn’t get you in trouble as you’re traveling down the highway.
East Bound and Down by Jerry Reed from Smokey and the Bandit is the trucker anthem and is a must-have on a road trip.
Amarillo by Morning by George Strait is about hard rodeo life and is a perfect song for road tripping, especially if you are heading to Amarillo.
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Before you head out on a road trip in your RV, be sure you have it checked before you go, especially if it’s a motorized RV such as a Class A gas or diesel or a Class C RV. Belts, hoses, fluids, brakes and more should be checked by the professionals at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center before you take a long road trip.
Whether you live near or in Nashville or you are from out of state, you can enjoy summer events in Nashville, including free live music during A Prelude to the Fourth. See local and national performers – and sometimes for free.
Live on the Green Free Concert Series
On August 20 and 27, listen to free music at Public Square Park in downtown Music City. The steps of the Plaza form the stage and join the crowd in the grassy area of the park to watch national, regional and local performers. On August 20, 2015, enjoy Lord Huron, Shakey Graves and Elliot Root. On August 27, 2015, enjoy Cold War Kids, J Roddy Walston & The Business and Houndmouth.
CMT Hot 20 Countdown
If you want to be part of a live audience, stop by for a taping of the CMT Hot 20 Countdown. This new show is hosted by Alecia Davis, Cody Alan and Katie Cook. Watch while they count down the 20 biggest music videos. The weekly 2 ½-hour series features in-studio performances, new stories and candid interviews from country music’s newest and biggest artists. The show is taped at the Nashville Visitor Center & Marketplace at the Music City Tower inside Bridgestone Arena. Contact audience at CMT.com for more details.
A Prelude to the 4th
On July 3, 2015 at the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage at 1st and Broadway in downtown Music City, celebrate the 4th with The Weeks, Gabe Dixon, Elise Davis and DJ DU. Admission is free; and The Weeks is the headliner. The live music starts at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Continue the party on Saturday, July 4, 2015 with Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!, with Martina McBride, the Nashville Symphony, Mikky Ekko and the nations biggest fireworks show.
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Be sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through our many floor plans, to pick up any parts or accessories you may need or to have your RV serviced for an upcoming trip.
If you are planning some local trips this summer, visit some of the national parks in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The parks are clean, pretty and offer tons of amenities for campers whether you have an RV or prefer camping in a tent.
The Cumberland Gap National Historic Park spreads over three states: Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The Mountain Gateway is the first gateway to the west. This route was used by Native Americans, buffalo, pioneers and longhunters to get to Kentucky. The area features miles and miles of scenic features and trails.
The area also features the Wilderness Road Campground, which is about 3 miles from the visitor center off Highway 58 in Virginia. To find it with a GPS, enter 854 National Park Road, Ewing, Virginia. Sites have 20-, 30- and 50-amp hookups, comfort stations, a dump station and more.
If you are going to the park from I-75 in Tennessee, take Exit 63 at Jacksboro/La Follette. Go east on 63 to Highway 25E, then go north on 25E for about 2 miles to the park entrance. If you are going to the park from I-81, take Exit 25E at Morristown. Go 50 miles northwest on 25E to the park entrance.
Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains covers part of Tennessee and park of North Carolina. For great scenery, spend some time on both sides of the Tennessee border – you’ll see many different plants and animals, ancient mountains, some Southern Appalachian mountain culture and more.
There are two entrances to the national park on the Tennessee side: at Gatlinburg and at Townsend. To reach the Gatlinburg entrance take I-40 to Exit 407 at Sevierville. Turn south on TN-66, then continue straight on US 441 South through Seierville and Pigeon Forge and into the park.
To enter the park at the Townsend entrance, from the north , take I-40 in Knoxville to Exit 386B. Take US 129 South to Alcoa/Maryville. In Maryville, take US 321 North (TN 73) east to Townsend. Stay on TN 73 to enter the park.
From the south, take Exit 376 on I-75 to I-40 east toward Oak Ridge/Maryville. Merge onto I-40 E at Exit 376B. Take US 129 South – Alcoa Highway – at Exit 11A heading toward Alcoa. Turn on TN 35 to US 321 N. Follow US 321 N (TN 73) east to Townsend. Stay on TN 73 to enter the park.
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Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any accessories or parts you may need. And, if you don’t have an RV or want to upgrade your current RV stop by our showroom to walk through several of the models we have in inventory.
Corn on the cob is a summer favorite, especially when you’re camping. If you’re thinking it’s too much of a hassle to cook corn on the cob in an RV, you haven’t learned the fine art of grilling corn, which makes it taste a million times better than boiling it or cooking it in the microwave.
Before your next trip, be sure to have your RV serviced at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center and pick up any accessories you need. And, if you don’t have an RV and are considering one, stop by to walk through our many floor plans or take a test ride in one of our motorized RVs.
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Pull the tassels off each ear of corn. Soak the ears, husks and all, in water for 10 to 15 minutes. You can get away with just wetting the ears, but you’ll have to watch it closer so that the husks don’t catch on fire.
Put the corn on the grill and rotate it every 10 minutes so that all sides cook evenly. Peel the husks off and add salt and butter once the corn is ready to eat.
Parmesan Corn on the Cob – On the Grill
Follow the instructions for cooking the corn on the grill (above). Meanwhile, chop two garlic cloves and add to ½ cup heated olive oil in a large pan. Saute the garlic until it’s tender – about a minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and let it cool. Stir all but 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese into the garlic mixture. Add the parsley and salt.
Husk the corn and cut the ears in half. Brush the garlic/cheese mixture on the corn. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese over the corn, then serve.
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Be sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any accessories or to have your RV serviced. If you are thinking about an RV for some fun this summer, stop by to walk through our floor plans.
Whether you are from out of the area or you live in Nashville, you may be looking for some great fishing spots for summer fishing. Tennessee features several lakes, but if you are a bass or catfish fan, Old Hickory Lake, Center Hill Lake and Watts Bar Lake are great spots whether you fish from the banks or from a boat.
If you think spending a few days on the lake in an RV so you can fish to your heart’s content and don’t have an RV, stop by Cullum & Maxey to walk through several of our floor plans. Whether you want a fifth wheel, travel trailer, toy hauler, Class A gas or diesel or a Class C RV, we have something for you.
Old Hickory Lake
This reservoir is located in north central Tennessee and is formed by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam on the Cumberland River. You can reach it at mile 216.2 in Sumner and Davidson Counties – about 25 miles north of Nashville. The lake covers 35.14 square miles and has a surface elevation of 446 feet. You can fish from the banks at Shutes Branch, Rockand, Sanders Ferry and Bledsoe Creek State Park.
Cedar trees are suspended as fish attractants for bass and crappie. You’ll find black bass, catfish, crappie, paddlefish, sauger, striped bass, walleye, white bass and yellow bass.
Watts Bar Lake
This reservoir is located on the Tennessee River and is created by the Watts Bar Dam. The lake covers 61.08 square miles, is 72.7 miles long and has a surface elevation of 741 feet. You’ll find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, catfish and striped bass.
Center Hill Lake
Center Hill Lake is near Smithville in Middle Tennessee. The lake covers 28.47 square miles, is 64 miles long and has a surface elevation of 632 feet. Fish for smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, catfish, spotted bass, white bass and striped bass.
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Stop by Cullum & Maxey to pick up any accessories you may need, walk through our floor plans if you want to upgrade or buy your first new RV; or call us if you need to set up a service appointment.
If you plan on staying in Nashville for the Memorial Day weekend, get your RV checked and serviced at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center then pack up and head out to enjoy some events. If the events are close to home, you may want to attend the event of your choosing, then head out to Centerville or Dale Hollow for some camping time.
The Food Truck Festival will be held at Centennial Park on May 24 this year. In addition to 30 of Nashville’s best food truck, there will be free music, a beer garden happy hour, children’s activities and Artisan Marketplace.
This is the park’s opening weekend so fireworks will begin at dusk on May 25. Celebrate Memorial Day by remembering our veterans, then head over to Nashville Shores for the celebration.
Head over to the Mercy Lounge Entertainment Complex to enjoy the Mudbug Festival on May 24, 2015. Several bands will be playing on one large outdoor stage and two indoor stages. Children under 18 are allowed as long as they are with a parent.
Memorial Day Dash
Participate in the Nashville City Cemetery Association’s annual 5k on May 26. The race starts at Greer Stadium at 8:00 a.m. and ends in the City Cemetery. The proceeds will be for the preservation and restoration of the Nashville City Cemetery.
Memorial Day Cemetery Service and Ceremony
Stop by the Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery for service on May 25 at 1:30 p.m. Remember the sacrifices of our soldiers. Watch the wreath laying ceremony, listen to patriotic music and listen to the reading of the names of veterans who have passed since last year’s Memorial Day.
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Call us to set up a service appointment for your RV or stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the many floor plans we have available if you are planning on upgrading or getting your first new RV this spring. Choose from motorized RVs, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels and more.
When you’re looking for recipes for your road trip, you have more options if you have a motorized RV as you have access to the refrigerator. If you have a towable, you still have additional options as you can keep things that need to be refrigerated in a cooler; however, you still have to stop to get access to the goodies.
Depending on how much room you have in the tow vehicle, you could keep a cooler large enough for drinks and refrigerated snacks with you. Before you pack up the RV to head out, be sure you have it checked and if necessary, serviced, at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center.
Deviled Eggs with a Kick
- 6 eggs, hard boiled and cooled
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon blackening seasoning or cayenne pepper
Mix everything except the eggs in a small bowl. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop out the yolks and add them to the mayonnaise mixture. Smash the yolks with a fork and incorporate into the mayonnaise mixture. Spoon the mixture into the egg whites.
Garnish with paprika, bacon bits and chopped fresh parsley.
Never Fail Fudge
This is not an original recipe but it makes a great treat for road trips. Look for a brand of marshmallow fluff with the fudge recipe on it. This recipe doesn’t need to be refrigerated and it’s hard to mess it up. A couple tips make this recipe even easier to make.
Line the cake pan with foil. Coat the foil with a thin coating of spray grease or Crisco. Once the fudge has cooled and completely set, you can just lift the foil out of the pan to make it easier to cut the fudge into squares.
Cook the fudge according to the timer instead of the temperature. The longer you cook it, the harder it will be, so if you want something more like a soft candy bar, cook it about a minute longer.
You can add raisins and nuts seconds before the fudge is done cooking. Have any additions ready to pour in and mix – you’ll have to work fast so you don’t overcook the fudge.
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Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any accessories you may need or to have your RV serviced or checked before you leave.
If you are in the market for a larger RV, tour the 2015 Winnebago Journey 36M. This 36-footer sleeps up to four people and features three slides. The RV is powered by a Cummins 350 diesel and features an automatic transmission.
The Floor Plan
Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through and take the Journey for a test ride. The entry is just in front of the passenger seat in the cab. Once you’re in and looking toward the rear of the RV, you’ll see a large sofa on the right and a sofa/bed on the left. Just behind the two sofas, you’ll find a large dinette and buffet on the right and the kitchen on the left. The kitchen features a pull-out counter/bar, three-burner stove, double sink and residential fridge. The large sofa and dinette are contained in one slide.
The sofa/bed, kitchen, additional storage and the chest of drawers are all contained in one long slide on the passenger side of the RV. The third slide is in the bedroom and it contains a wardrobe.
As you move past the kitchen, you’ll see extra storage. This compartment will house an optional washer and dryer. Just across from the storage, you’ll find the bathroom, which features a vanity, toilet and large shower.
The bedroom features a queen bed, but you can opt for a king bed since the slides give the bedroom plenty of space. The bedroom also features a large chest of drawers, large wardrobe, television and nightstands. There is also room for an optional fireplace. The living area also features a television and has room for an optional fireplace.
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To learn more about this unit, stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through this unit. You’ll learn more about materials, insulation, holding tanks, leveling jacks, color options and features in the cab area.
If you need a fifth wheel RV that will haul your toys and sleep up to eight people, walk through the 2016 Grand Design Momentum 350M. This model features three slides and an 11-foot garage area with a fold-down ramp.
You can walk through this model at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to see all of the features of this RV including standard features. Some of the standard features include residential furniture with heat, massage and LED accent lighting, reclining seats, a 5,000 BTU electric fireplace, a residential style kitchen faucet, LED safety lighting package, a hydraulic front landing gear, collapsible roof ladder, entry assist handles and more.
M-Class Garage Package
This 35-foot fifth wheel model features a 32-inch LED HD television, cable and satellite prep, protective diamond plating, tie downs, Tuff-Ply gas and oil resistant flooring rear cargo loading lights, night shades, and a garage central control panel.
M-Class Luxury Interior Package
The interior features a 40-inch or 48-inch HD main television, an AM/FM/CD/DVD entertainment system, 30-inch residential stainless steel microwave, a 12-gallon quick-recovery DSI hot water heater, a three-burner range with high-output burners, a 22-inc stainless steel oversized oven, night shades, tinted windows, wiring and braces for a second optional air conditioning unit for the bedroom, hardwood cabinet doors, a large pantry, marble back splash, large night stands, blue accent lighting above the bed, his ‘n her wardrobe, under-bed storage, glass shower door, power fan for the bathroom, skylight in the shower and more.
Weather-Tek Insulation Extreme Climate Protection
This model also features a heated underbelly, heated pass-through storage and a heated exterior utility center, a vented attic, R-40 roof insulation, R-45 floor insulation with insulated I-beams in the tank area, R-24 insulation in the floor in the slides, R-11 insulation in the walls, plumbing line insulation barrier and insulated heat and air conditioning ducts.
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Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the 2016 Grand Design Momentum 350M and to learn more about all of its interior, exterior and luxury features.