Summer Days in Nashville

Summer in Nashville is the perfect time to get out and enjoy tons of activities. On those weekends when you are not going out in your RV or visiting Cullum and Maxey’s parts and accessories warehouse, you can find some great food and music in Nashville – or you can go to an amusement park, zoo or even a park to hike and fish.

The 35th Annual l’Ete du Vin featuring Chateau Margaux will be held from July 31, 2014 through August 2, 2014. The event is put together to fund the fight against cancer. This year, Paul Pontallier of Chateau Margaux is the guest of honor. You’ll start off with a vinters’ tasting with Pontallier, then the Patron’s Dinner, which features Chef Tyler Brown from The Capitol Grille and Chef Ken Frank of La Toque in Napa.

The tasting is on July 31 and the dinner is on August 1. On August 2, the final night of the event, the auction will be held. Martina McBride will also be providing entertainment. The silent and live auctions will feature wines, dinners/tastings, travel opportunities and luxury items. For more information, visit visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/nashvillewineauction.

For free live music, be sure to attend the Live on the Green Free Concert Series on August 14, 21, 28 and September 4 through 6, 2014. Lightening 100 presents the free concert series at Public Square Park. Artists include City and Colour, The Weeks, Spanish Gold, The Head and The Heart, Wild Cub, Goodbye June, Capital Cities, The Features, All Them Witches and more.

The Thursday night series ends with a three-day festival in September – with even more live music. For more information visit liveonthegreen.net.

If you want a chance to possibly appear on television, you can attend the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, hosted by Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Alecia Davis. This is a weekly 2.5-hour series. You’ll also see news stories, candid interviews and in-studio performances. The show is taped in front of a live audience at the Nashville Visitor Center & Marketplace a the Music City Tower in Bridgestone Arena. For more information, email audience@cmt.com.

While attending events in Nashville is a lot of fun, sometimes you just have to get out into the country for a bit. That’s when an RV from Cullum and Maxey is handy – and the area features many parks, including Fall Creek Falls, Center Hill Dam and more. Stop by today to pick up your next RV or to have your current RV serviced.

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2014 Winnebago Journey 40U

Whether you are looking for an RV for weekend trips and the occasional week-long vacation or something for full-time RVing, you can’t go wrong with the 2014 Winnebago Journey 40U. This 41-footer sleeps four people and has four slides so there is plenty of room for the family.

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The Journey 40U, available at Cullum and Maxey, features a Cummins diesel engine and is loaded with features. It also has spacious holding tanks: 85 gallons of fresh water, 64 gallons of black water and 95 gallons of gray water. It also holds 28 gallons of propane.

Some features include an exterior entertainment center with a television, compartment tray slideouts, a 100-watt solar panel, an electric fireplace, Sat TV In-Motion and a residential refrigerator package.

The floor plan features a rear queen bedroom with a wardrobe, chest of drawers, location for a television, and additional storage. You can use the additional storage for an optional washer and dryer. The queen bed is a walk-around bed. Each side features a night stand.

As you walk through the hall toward the front of the RV, you pass a private bathroom with vanity on one side and a large shower with a vanity on the other side. The hall opens into the kitchen and dining area, which features a residential fridge, pantry, double sink and three-burner stove.

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The dining area has stand-alone chairs and the table extends. The kitchen counter also extends – both are also contained in a slide. The living area features a pull-out table, euro recliner, gas fireplace and a large L-sofa. The sofa also extends. Entry to the RV is in the cab area.

Additional features include a 40-inch HDTV, Blu-Ray home theater system, Accent rope lighting, Contour tinted windows, LED ceiling lights, MCD solar/blackout roller shades, Corian countertops and decorative backsplash, a microwave/convection oven with a vented range fan, a Corian range and sink covers and a cold water filtration system.

The cab features a 10.4-inch touch screen color monitor, infotainment center, Rand McNally RV GPS, a second monitor, AM/Fm radio, CD/DVD player, SiriusXM satellite radio (subscription not included), phone integration, Bluetooth, rearview camera, sideview camera, adjustable lumbar support, seats that slide, recline and swivel, cruise control, a powered stepwell cover and power mirror with defrost.

For a full list of features, stop by Cullum and Maxey today to walk through this floor plan.

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Ready, Set, RV!

Before you head out on an RV trip, whether it’s for the weekend or for a long road trip, you need to make sure everything is working on the RV. It would completely ruin your trip if you had to spend time trying to get something fixed or if you had to complete the trip with something broken.

Before you head out, stop at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to have anything technical checked and repaired as necessary. However, before you do that, you can check most systems yourself.

  • Plug the RV into a house outlet to make sure the converter and board are working and that all systems that run on electric are working properly. If your refrigerator runs on propane, battery and electric, be sure it’s set to electric and that it gets cold.
  • Hook the garden hose up to the RV. Make sure the water pump and all faucets are working properly and that there are no leaks in the plumbing. If everything is fine, then put a few gallons of water in the fresh water tank. Check everything again – water pump, leaks and faucets to make sure the system works on the holding tank. Don’t forget to flush the toilet to check that.
  • Turn on the propane. Check the heater, even if you think you won’t need it. Check the stove, oven and the fridge if it runs on propane. If you checked it on the electric, be sure to switch it to propane, then check it after a couple hours to be sure it is holding temperature. Check the freezer, too. Don’t forget about the hot water heater. It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to heat up.
  • Check the air conditioning unit to ensure that it is working and that it gets cold enough. It wouldn’t do to find out your air conditioner is not working while you are sweating on a hot, muggy day after hours of hiking.
  • Check the tires for wear. It is as important to check the tires on a trailer as it is on a motorized coach. The wear pattern should be even and the tread should be well above the tread markers – these are “humps” of rubber in the middle of the tread. If the tread is close to the markers, you’ll want to have Cullum and Maxey check the tires to see if they need replacing. Also, if you notice an uneven wear pattern, bring your RV into our shop so that we can find the problem.

If you find anything wrong with the RV, stop by the service department to have it checked and repaired before you head out on your trip.

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Treat Yourself on the Road

While you’re on the road, you’ll want some sweet treats – especially if you are on the driving part of the road trip – to keep you energized. You can make these treats before you head out or you can make them when you get to your destination.

If you need any accessories for either recipe, be sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey before your trip. If you are in the market for a new RV, pick a floor plan with an oven – though you can make the peach cobbler using an enclosed grill as an oven.

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Easy Peach Cobbler

  • 2 peaches or two cans of canned peaches
  • 2 rolls of pop croissants
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 can of Mountain Dew
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Open the pop croissants. Unroll the dough and separate the croissants. If you are using fresh peaches, peel and pit the fruit, then cut each peach into eight sections. Roll a peach slice in each croissant and place them in a buttered 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Keep them close together – you will fit 16 in the pan.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt the butter. Add the sugar and stir as little as possible, but make sure the sugar and butter are incorporated. Add the vanilla and stir. Pour the mixture over the top of the croissants and peaches.

Pour the Mountain Dew around the edge of the pan. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes. Serve as is or with ice cream.

If you plan on eating this on the road, you can separate the rolls and put them into serving-sized plastic containers. All you need to do is grab one out of the fridge.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Melt Hershey’s milk chocolate. Fill the each section of a deep ice cube tray about ¼ up with the chocolate. Stick a toothpick into each strawberry. Place the berry in the ice cube tray. While holding the toothpick, fill the section the rest of the way with chocolate. Store these in the fridge so they will harden.

While you can leave these out, make sure they are not in the sun and make sure it’s not hot in the RV as they will melt! Cullum and Maxey has everything you need to make your trip more comfortable so be sure to stop by to pick up any accessories you might need.

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Winnebago Tour 42QD

If you are in the market for a luxury RV, Winnebago has the new 2015 Tour 42QD at dealerships now. This Class A diesel sleeps four people – two in the king bedroom and two on the pull-out sofa. This bus is 42 feet, 10 inches long with an interior height of 7 feet – perfect for even those who are taller.

Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to walk through this all-electric floor plan and see for yourself what you could be taking on vacation – or what you could be living in if you’ve decided to go the RV lifestyle route.

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Tank Specifications

The Tour 42QD features large holding tanks: 85 gallons for the fresh water tank, 51 gallons for the black water tank and 71 gallons for the gray water tank. The hot water heater is continuous. The LP fuel capacity is 28 gallons and the diesel fuel capacity is 150 gallons.

Cab Features

Since you might be spending a lot of time driving – whether you are camping for a couple of weeks or you are traveling across the country, you’ll want some great cab conveniences. The 42QD features Flexsteel luxury seats with six-way power, a power footrest for the passenger, heat and massage, manual recline, power lumbar support, adjustable armrest and remote swivel.

The cab also features an infotainment center, GPS, a 10.4-inch touch screen color monitor, a second monitor, AM/FM radio, CD/DVD player, SiriusXM radio, video camera system, cruise control, remote keyless entry and more.

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Interior Features

The interior features an electric fireplace in the living quarters, a 46-inch HDTV in the living quarters, a Blue-Ray Home Theater Sound System, a Dirt Devil central vacuum system, security safe, Contour tinted, dual-glazed, thermo-insulated windows, power roof vents in the galley and bath, solar/blackout roller shades, LED ceiling lights and a washer and dryer.

The galley features Corian countertops and sink covers, a stainless steel microwave/convection oven, a three-burner LP range top with a glass cover, residential stainless steel French door fridge with freezer drawer, water and ice dispenser, and tons more.

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Exterior Features

The exterior features an entertainment center with a 32-inch HDTV, auxiliary docking lamps, two power acrylic patio awnings with motion sensors and LED lights, a KeyOne lock system, lighted storage compartments, a 7-foot folding step ladder, automatic entrance steps, and polished stainless steel on the lower valence doors and panels.

To see all of the features the Winnebago Tour offers, stop by Cullum and Maxey today for a tour of this floor plan.

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Where Will This Summer Take You?

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With mild camping temperatures, longer days and school long forgotten about, there’s no better time to hit the road with your family than summer. Make your camping reservations at one of these great campgrounds around the country, and fire up your RV to get your summer road trip started today.

Palm Springs, California

If you’ve got the “go big or go home” mentality this summer, an unforgettable road trip to Palm Springs could be just what you’re looking for. Stay at the Happy Traveler RV Park and enjoy stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains and access to countless outdoor adventures all within walking distance of gorgeous downtown Palm Springs. And if you’re more interested in nature than the town, the Salton Sea State Recreation Area features over 2,000 campsites with one of the world’s biggest inland seas, 14 miles of shoreline and all of the hiking, fishing, bird-watching, kayaking and all of the outdoor excitement you can dream of.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Many RV enthusiasts avoid the northeast in the winter because of its bitter temperatures, but here’s no denying that summer is the time to check out all of New England’s most beautiful sites, quaint beach towns and historic cities. Camping on Cape Cod and it’s nearby islands can be a great way to take in the New England culture while enjoying the area’s scenic beaches and gorgeous summer climate. Dunes’ Edge Campground is ideal for beach-lovers with unforgettable sunrises, refreshing ocean waters, kayaking, fishing and even whale-watching if you’re lucky. The campground’s convenient location within walking distance to Provincetown makes it ideal for beach-combing as well as enjoying that quaint New England town atmosphere.

Get Your Road Trip RV at Cullum and Maxey

Before you hit the road for your summer road trip, stop by and browse our huge selection of new and used RVs for unbeatable prices here at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center in Nashville. With top-quality brands like Winnebago, Keystone and Forest River always in stock right here in Tennessee, you can be on the road to your brand new RV lifestyle today.

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Summer Fun in Tennessee

Summer is the perfect time to take the RV out for a weekend or longer. You won’t have to deal with the spring rains — instead, you’ll get some near-perfect Tennessee weather. Head out toward Knoxville to spend time visiting the sights.

Before you leave home, make sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey RV to pick up any supplies you might need. If you don’t have an RV yet, but are in the market for one so you can enjoy trips and stay wherever your heart pleases, stop by to tour some of our RV floor plans.

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While in Knoxville, be sure to visit the historic Market Square and downtown for hours of shopping, live music and performances. Take a walk along the Tennessee River for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city – that’s a perfect place to stop for lunch.

You can also plan your trip around certain festivals throughout the year, including Spring and Summer festivals. The International Biscuit Festival and the Dogwood Arts are just two of the festivals that entertain Knoxvillians and tourists. Enjoy daily concerts by WDVX radio while you are in the city.

If you’re a history buff, visit Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for some World War II history and to visit the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. You can also take the Knoxville Civil War Driving tour if you are a civil war buff.

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, located in Vonore, will teach you about the creator of the written language for the Cherokee people. Head over to Sweetwater, Tennessee, to visit the Lost Sea. Stop by the Norris Dam State Park to explore the outdoors and see the original way of life. Before you leave the area, stop by Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams and Bacon to bring home some delicious treats.

We have several types of RVs, so you’re sure to find something that is perfect for you. Walk through any of the floor plans available at Cullum and Maxey RV, including Class A gas or diesel models, Class C models, fifth wheels, travel trailers or toy haulers. Toy haulers come in fifth wheel or travel trailer models and are perfect for the family who likes to bring their ATVs, side-by-sides, motorcycles, or kayaks along with them.

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The 2008 Winnebago Voyage 35L

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Life on the road is more comfortable than ever with the 2008 Winnebago Voyage 35L. And with this motorhome’s immaculately kept interior and exterior, you’ll enjoy all of the excitement of a brand new RV for the affordable price of a 2008.

The 2008 Winnebago Voyage 35L Floorplan

Space, luxury and comfort combine to make the Winnebago Voyage 35L one of the most desirable Class A motorhomes on the market. When you enter at the front of the vehicle, you’ll notice a cozy sitting area with a lounge chair, Rest-Easy sofa, a booth-style dinette and entertainment center. The L-shaped kitchen features a residential-style sink, three-burner range and so much pantry space, you’ll never complain about storage again.

Toward the rear of the motorhome, the luxurious bathroom features a huge corner shower and convenient, private access to the rear bedroom. The massive slide-out in the bedroom practically doubles its size, so you can enjoy a bit of privacy (without feeling cramped) whenever you want it.

Top-End Features for a Low-End Price

The 2008 Winnebago Voyage 35L shows that you don’t always have to pay top dollar for high-end features in a Class A motorhome. The gorgeous kitchen features stainless-steel appliances and Corian solid-surface countertops, while the beautiful hardwoods and residential fixtures create a cozy feeling throughout every room in the RV.

In the driver’s seat, you’ll love the ergonomically designed dashboard with conveniently placed switches and controls to make maneuvering your Class A motorhome easier than ever. And rest assured that this 2008 comes with a rearview monitor to give you complete confidence behind the wheel.

Exterior Advantages

The Voyage 35L’s innovative StoreMore slide-out system means your exterior compartments expand with the slide-out, so you can always have easy access to your outdoor supplies. Whether you’re inside or outside your Winnebago Voyage, you’ll notice convenient additions long after you’ve started traveling.

Come tour the impressive 2008 Winnebago Voyage 35L for the best price in the industry right here at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center in Nashville. Not only are we your local Nashville Winnebago dealer, but we’ve got a wide variety of top-end Tennessee motorhomes right here on our lot and ready to be driven away today.

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Adventure Is Out There, Tennessee!

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Mountains, music and world-famous attractions are just a few of the incredible features that the beautiful state of Tennessee has to offer year-round. Fire up your RV and explore some of these great Tennessee attractions this year, and you’re guaranteed to appreciate the Volunteer State more than ever.

Take Your Fishing Pole To Dale Hollow Lake

While Dale Hollow Lake in central Tennessee is certainly a fisherman’s paradise, it’s also a great place for boating, tubing, waterskiing and tons of other outdoor activities in an untouched natural setting. Visitors can rent houseboats, camp or stay in a variety of chalets, vacation homes and lodges ranging from rugged to luxurious.

Enjoy Family Fun in Dollywood

Tennessee’s favorite amusement park, Dollywood, is not only filled with exciting rides, a thrilling water park and fun-filled theme park resorts, it’s charmingly nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains foothills, making it a jumping point for some of Tennessee’s greatest outdoor adventures.

Explore All of the Music of Memphis

Music fans can’t go wrong with a trip to Memphis’ Beale Street where blues music blares from nearly every bar and restaurant’s door. And after a night of dancing at B.B. King’s Blues Club downtown, head over to the Whitehaven community for a tour of Elvis Presley’s former home — Graceland.

Admire Nature at Burgess Falls State Park

Explore the Burgess Falls State Park on the Eastern Highland Rim for some of Tennessee’s most diverse wildlife and natural scenery. From the steep bluffs and mixed forest to the flowing water, gorgeous hiking trails, mesmerizing waterfalls and over 300 different species of plants and trees, you’ll want to spend a few days exploring this incredible State Park in Sparta, Tenn.

Come See Us at Cullum and Maxey

Don’t forget to stop and see us at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center — your local Tennessee RV dealer — on your next RV adventure. Not only do we offer all of the camping supplies and parts you need to enjoy a better camping experience, we’re your home for motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel and toy hauler sales right here in Nashville.

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Spring RV Adventures in Tennessee

Warm weather is here to stay – hopefully – and it’s time to get out and see some of the happenings in Middle Tennessee. You can make these trips in your car or make a weekend out of them by loading up the RV. If you haven’t done the spring maintenance on your RV yet, be sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey RV Center in Nashville for maintenance and any accessories you will need for the upcoming season.

Visit Granville, a historic town that was developed in 1799. Be sure to stop by the T.B. Sutton General Store, which was built in 1880. The two-story building features many products that it offered for sale over its years of service. Browse through memorabilia and furnishings, find unique gifts and you can even have lunch if you visit Wednesday through Saturday.

The Granville Arts and Cultural Center is located on the second floor of the General Store. Every Saturday night enjoy the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour – listen to bluegrass music and enjoy some excellent country cooking. For reservations, call (931) 653-4151.

The museum features historical items from the community, a genealogy section, a military room, and even a classroom from yesteryear. Don’t forget to visit the Granville Sutton Homestead – one of the oldest homes in Granville. You’ll enjoy a guided tour and storytelling of the past.

Learn how to grind corn the old way at the Pioneer Village Eller Grist Mill. The Granville Weave Shop shows you how to weave. And, the blacksmith shop has a working demonstration of a blacksmith. Visit the Storytelling Shed to see whittling and hear some great stories. And, don’t forget the Sutton Service, Antique Car and Transportation Museum – a 1950s Gulf Service Station. Plan to stay for a couple of days as there is even more to see in this quaint community.

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Stop in Monterey for the annual Spring on the Mountain Celebration. This year, it is on May 3, 2014. The town was founded by the Cumberland Coal Company in 1893. Prior to that, the community was known as Standing Stone. The celebration includes craft and food vendors, a car show, and the Monterey Garden Club will host their annual plant sale. While you are in the area, be sure to visit the Monterey Depot Museum.

If you don’t want to drive, you can take the train from Nashville (tcry.org for more information). If you do drive your RV for a long weekend of camping on the Cumberland Plateau, you can still take a train ride from the museum to the sand plant and back. The event will also feature entertainment.

Be sure to take plenty of pictures of your RV trip and stop by Cullum and Maxey to share them – or post them on our Facebook page.

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