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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2014 Dutchmen Voltage V3305

Choosing an RV can sometimes be difficult unless you know exactly what you need. The 2014 Dutchmen Voltage V3305, now at Cullum and Maxey, is perfect for just two or an entire family. If you are just two, the garage area serves as storage and a place to keep your toys, including motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles and more. If you’re a family, order the V3305 with the optional Happijack power bunks – you’ll still have room for the toys.

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The Voltage V3305 has the biggest garage area of the Voltage series at 12 feet long. The area could feature a dinette, Happijack bunks and also comes standard with a 40-inch by 88-inch twin loft bed. Though this fifth wheel is one of the larger RVs you can buy, it does have a low hitch weight –2,767 pounds – without sacrificing the benefits and features of such a large RV.

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The living area features a reclining sofa with a stowable table, a fully-equipped galley with a double sink, refrigerator, pantry, and three-burner stove, a private full bath and a large master bedroom.

The main bedroom features a 60-inch by 84-inch queen bed and plenty of storage and wardrobes. The bathroom features a glass neo-angle shower.

The ramp door is an 8-foot spring assist door to make it easy to get your toys in and out. The Voltage also features a gasoline pump station, an 18-foot awning and pass-through storage. You can opt for a second 10-foot awning and an optional outside entertainment center.

The Voltage holds 96 gallons of fresh water, 40 gallons of black water and 70 gallons of gray water. It is 38.8 feet long, with a height of 13.1 feet.

Whether you want to go on a long-term camping trip or take a weekend here and there, the Dutchmen Voltage is perfect, especially if you want to take bikes for the trail, snowmobiles or motorcycles.

Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to tour the 2014 Dutchmen Voltage V3305 or any of the other models on the lot. Choose your dream RV and head out on the road!

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It’s Time to Spring Up Your RV!

It’s warming up here in Nashville and the new RV season is underway, but before you head out for your first adventure of the season, it’s important to make sure your RV is ready for the journey. By cleaning the interior and exterior of your vehicle, doing a little redecorating and having your RV checked out by a technician, your motorhome or travel trailer will be prepared for any adventure you can dream up.

Give Your RV A Wash

Whether your RV has gathered dust in the garage over the winter, or you’ve been on the road picking up salt, snow and other road grime, spring is the perfect time to get your RV looking like new. Using an extendable brush, soft washing mitts and a car-washing solution, give the exterior of your RV a thorough cleaning. Be sure to fully dry the exterior of your vehicle, and don’t forget to clean all of the windows and wheels too.

Clean the Interior

Your RV is your home on wheels, and similar to a home, it feels much more comfortable when it’s clean. Take some time to vacuum the interior of your RV, wipe down the countertops, and be sure to check all of the compartments for any trash that you may have left behind from your last trip. If your RV was parked for the winter, thoroughly clean all of the compartments and cabinets to ensure no creatures have made them their home.

Change Is Good

Does the interior of your RV feel dated or bland? Clear out all of the old towels, blankets, pillows, comforters and rugs you’ve been using for years, and change the theme of the interior of your motorhome or travel trailer. Simple touches like new photos on the walls, new dishes in the cabinets or bigger changes like countertops or upholstery, will all give your RV a new, exciting feel.

Stop By Cullum and Maxey

Before you take your washed and redecorated Tennessee RV on the roads this spring, bring it by Cullum and Maxey — your local Nashville RV dealer. Our certified RV technicians are here to ensure your home on wheels is in top shape for the new camping season.

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Spring Break Road Trippin’!

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Make your spring break journey even better than the destination this year by taking a road trip in your RV. Once you choose your road trip route, you’ll want to make sure you have your RV properly stocked, so your spring break travels go off without a glitch. Follow these simple guidelines to ensure you’re properly prepared for another amazing road trip.

Check Your Utilities

It’s important to make sure your electricity, fresh water and sewage lines are working properly before you hit the road. Remember to pack your power supply and adapters for hooking up your motorhome or travel trailer at various RV parks, and don’t forget an extension cord.

Your fresh water and sewage lines are important to keep in mind too. Pack two lengths of white hose for your drinking water and one length of green hose to clean your sewage tank. You’ll want to include a sewage disposal kit and plenty of disintegrating toilet paper suitable for your RV’s septic system.

Other Camping Supplies

No matter how many lists you make, you’ll probably feel like you’re forgetting something when you pull out of the driveway. Don’t panic — most camping supplies can be picked up at various stores along your route.

Although, you can save yourself the stops if you stock your RV in sections. Make sure your sleeping area is prepared, then move onto the living space, kitchen and bathroom, etc. Treat the outdoors as a room as well, because you’ll need supplies for time spent outside too.

It’s even advisable to spend one night in your RV at a local campground before you hit the road. This is the perfect way to find out if you’ve included all of the supplies you need to live comfortably away from home.

Prepare Your RV at Cullum and Maxey

Before you hit the road, bring your RV by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center — your one-stop shop for RV sales, service and parts in Tennessee. If you’re in the market for a new motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel, stop and browse our RV inventory in Nashville, and we’ll help you enjoy spring break in the RV of your dreams.

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2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 3100BHS

Whether you plan on taking many short trips this spring and summer or you need an RV to live in for several months while you are traveling around the country, Cullum and Maxey has the perfect RV for you. Stop by to walk through the Dutchmen Aspen Trail 3100BHS if you need something with lots of space whether for just two or a whole family.

The Aspen Trail 3100BHS is a bunk house model that sleeps up to 10 people. This particular model includes the Aspen Trail upgrade package and the interior upgrade package. The underbelly of the RV is heated and enclosed to conserve energy.

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The 30-pound LP tanks give you plenty of gas to heat the 6-gallon hot water heater, run the stovetop and the heat. If you are camping in the spring or summer and don’t need the heat, the gas will last a couple of weeks.

The 31-foot 2014 Aspen Trail 3100BHS also features a 15,000 BTU IPO 13,500 air conditioning unit to keep the travel trailer cool during the warmer months. If you wish to add a second air conditioning unit, this model is prepped for a unit that runs on 50-amp service. The bathroom features a stand-up shower and a porcelain toilet instead of the PVC toilet.

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2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail Floor Plan – Model 3100BHS (Bunk house).

The living area features a Bluetooth stereo and 29-inch LCD television. The sofa is a tri-fold sleeper. The living area also features a dinette. The kitchen features solid surface countertops, a stainless steel sink with sink covers, three-burner stove, oven and microwave. It also features a pantry so there is plenty space to store food, dishes, cookware and anything else you need to make your favorite meals while you are on the road.

The dinette and sofa fold down into beds. The bunkhouse features two bunks one side plus a fold-down dinette on the other side. Another fold-up bunk is above the dinette. The bunk house also features a closet and dresser.

When you want to spend time outside, sit under the power awning. You can use the LED lighting once it gets dark. For easy setup, the Dutchmen Aspen Trail 3100BHS features a power tongue jack and front stabilizer jacks.

Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to take a tour of the 2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 3100BHS or any model on the lot to choose the travel trailer that is perfect for your situation.

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Accessories Every Pet Loving RVer Needs

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As ideas for travel itineraries for the upcoming year start to emerge, check lists with notations of new things you want, things that need to be replaced, and stuff you must bring along are all part of the process.

For pet parents, there’s another list of “must haves” for the fuzzy friends that will be accompanying them on the journey. If you’re new to traveling with Fido or Kitty, take heed so you’ll have everything necessary for your pets security and comfort every mile of the way.

With items from our extensive inventory of new and used RV’s or accessories for the humans and a special sale item from our store like the travel pet dish, both you and your pet will be ready to roll comfortably and conveniently.

Things You’ll Need

Veteran pet travelers as well as pets making their first trip may have different reactions to being on the road. Be prepared for any situation with a few select items.

  • Help keep dogs or cats calm with a pet carrier lined with a comfy blanket or towel.
  • A travel bed or mattress is another option for keeping pets comfortable inside a carrier.
  • Bring along an assortment of toys for entertainment.
  • Pack an extra collar and leash. Both should be sturdy enough so your pet can’t break away.
  • Invest in a first aid kit and a first aid book specifically for animals.
  • Have your veterinarian’s phone number, after hours number, and address on hand in case your pet becomes ill while traveling or you need a refill.
  • If your pet takes medication, bring extra meds incase of unforeseen circumstances that extend your trip.

Pet Security

  • Rescue Pet stick on signs are available. In case of an emergency, responders are alerted there’s a pet inside in need of rescue.
  • A sturdy harness for walking your pet or anytime they’re outside. While a leash is usually enough, a harness provides control of your pet. This is especially true of cats.
  • Collapsible kennels are available in sizes from small to large. A kennel serves as a secure place for pets to sleep as well as a safe enclosure if you want to put them outside for some fresh air.

Contact Cullum & Maxey before heading out on your next trip. Our customer-friendly sales staff and expert technicians are standing by.

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Adventurous Stops Along Your Road Trip!

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Tennessee may offer a lot of great scenery and great music too, but you’ll be amazed at the number of adventure activities you can enjoy in our beautiful state. From skydiving, to gorgeous hiking trails and even rock climbing, Tennessee is the perfect place for your next outdoor RV adventure.

Hit the Trails

Tennessee is a backpackers paradise. For day hikers who want to catch a glimpse of our state’s natural beauty, the Twin Arches Loop in Knoxville is more than ideal. Enjoy hiking on the Cumberland Plateau as you pass by whitewater cascades and the massive twin arches.

If you’re up for parking your RV and heading out on a two-day backpacking excursion, try the Spence Field Loop at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With forests, ridge lines, cascades and a number of 5,000-foot-tall peaks, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and invigorated.

Adventure Skydiving Tennessee

Is skydiving on your bucket list? There’s no better place to embark on your first skydiving experience than Adventure Skydiving Tennessee. With locations here in Nashville and spread throughout the state, you can join enjoy a tandem skydive or even attend a skydiving school from the best team of instructors in Tennessee.

Rock Climb Tennessee

Tennessee may not be as well known for its incredible rock climbing destinations as Colorado or Utah, but it’s actually one of the best places in the country to get your climbing fix. Whether you’re in Chattanooga, Nashville or Knoxville, there are enough crags, ridges and rocks nearby to keep you busy for a lifetime. Even better, Tennessee is one of the few states in the country with a climate and conditions that are ideal for climbing year round.

Cullum and Maxey

There’s no better place to get your Tennessee outdoor adventure started than Cullum and Maxey Camping Center in Nashville. We’ve got all of your RV lifestyle needs from new and used motorhomes, fifth wheels and travel trailers in Tennessee to RV service, parts, accessories and tons of camping supplies to ensure you’re comfortable and well-prepared on your adventures.

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Getting Your RV Ready to Roll this Spring

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Be ready this spring when the travel bug comes to town by having your RV ready to roll. With just a little planning, time, and innovative ideas, you can give your RV a new look for the new season.

Whether you need new accessories or cleaning products to spiff up your RV, at Cullum & Maxey Camping Center, you have a wide range of items and products to choose from. With a checklist of things to do and the items necessary, you’ll be ready to ride into the spring sunset with your RV “good to go.”

Interior Cleaning

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear “spring cleaning” is it’s time to get out the sponges, buckets, window cleaners, disinfectants, and the vacuum. This annual process includes recreational vehicles.

Spruce up the interior with a thorough cleaning of the bathroom, kitchen and appliances. Wipe down walls, spritz the windows, and get rid of the dust bunnies that have accumulated while waiting for warmer weather.

Exterior Cleaning

Mold and mildew can build up no matter how attentive you are. Use cleaners specifically designed for exteriors to remove dirt, grime, mold, mildew and any other build up. This includes awnings and covers.

It’s also a good idea to wipe down outdoor tables and chairs, air out rugs and mats, plus give the grill a good once-over.

Cleaning Tips

To cut through grease, dirt and grime, use a solution of white vinegar and water. Fresh lemon juice mixed with water also makes a great cleaning solution and leaves countertops, tiles, cutting boards, and more, with a fresh clean scent.

To clean windows, use newspaper instead of paper towels. Newspaper leaves the windows sparkling without any streaks.

Decor

Brighten up your RV with a fresh spring look for the season.

  • Decorate with new curtains, shades, throw rugs and colorful throw pillows
  • Bring spring to the dining area with new placemats and dinnerware
  • Change the look of the sleeping area with new sheets, curtains and a spring-inspired bedspread
  • Replace the existing bath set with a new set of towels, rug, and toilet cover
  • Add a touch of color to each room with an arrangement of spring silk flowers

Contact us at Cullum & Maxey and let us help you “spring” into action.

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Valentine’s Day in Nashville

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Cupid is silently working on his bow and arrows in preparation of Valentine’s Day and if you’re planning a weekend getaway with a loved one, you too, should be getting everything ready to go.

If you need a little help in coming up ideas for a Valentine’s gift for that special someone, Cullum & Maxey has a wide selection of accessories to choose from for guys and gals.

Locations in the Nashville area that offer a distinctive atmosphere for Valentine’s Day abound. Consider these ideas to impress your loved one with an outstanding adventure.

Cruises – park your RV then head to the General Jackson Showboat for a lunch or dinner cruise along the Cumberland River. Enjoy a first-class meal and a live show with entertainment suitable for all ages.

Wineries – Clarksville, Springfield and Goodlettesville are all less than an hours drive from Nashville. In Clarksville, enjoy a tour and tastings at Beachaven Winery. In Springfield, tickle your taste buds at Chateau Ross Winery, and in Goodlettesville, Long Hollow Winery has complimentary wine tasting and personalized tours.

Concerts – the Music City will be alive and kicking on Valentine’s Day with a bevy of outstanding talent for music enthusiasts. On February 14, the two of you can enjoy the sounds of Kenny Rogers and The Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Emonie Wilkins Valentine Special at Bourbon Street Blues, or Rick Springfield at the Wild Horse Saloon.

Dining – once you’ve shared gifts, flowers, and cards, plan an evening of fine dining to celebrate the occasion. Please your palate at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, savor a 4 course prix fixe dinner at The Southern, enjoy Buca di Beppo for a taste of Italy, indulge in wine pairing and a 4-course meal at Etch, or a special Valentine experience at Husk in downtown.

Performing Arts – the two of you might also enjoy an evening with the Nashville Ballet with their show, “Attitude” at the James K. Polk Theater featuring the music of country legend, Johnny Cash, or The Emerald Tour featuring Celtic Woman in the Andrew Jackson Hall at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Contact Cullum & Maxey before heading out for all of your service needs. Schedule a maintenance check to ensure your weekend getaway for Valentine’s Day is one to remember.

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Featured January Inventory at Cullum and Maxey

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The holidays are over, and — let us guess — Santa didn’t leave you an RV under the tree. You’re in luck. Cullum and Maxey Camping Center has a number of featured motor homes, fifth wheels and travel trailers on sale to ensure you get in the RV of your dreams for 2014.

Check out some of these RVs at Cullum and Maxey — your Nashville, Tenn. RV dealer — or shop our featured inventory online. However you choose to shop, we want to watch you drive off our lot and into your RV lifestyle today.

2004 Tiffin Phaeton 40 RH

The 2004 Tiffin Phaeton is the perfect vehicle for an RV family of four who wants enough space for time spent together and privacy too. With dual slide-outs and more than enough room to sleep four travelers comfortably, this 40-foot diesel Class A motorhome has everything you’d want in a brand new, luxury motorhome for a used-vehicle price.

2014 Thor Motor Coach Axis 24.1

Looking to start your full-time life on the road? Look no further than the 2014 Thor Motor Coach Axis. This brand new motorhome is more affordable than most used vehicles and offers all of the perks to make you feel right at home.

This 24-foot-long motorhome sleeps six people comfortably and features excellent additions like a 32-inch exterior TV, leather furniture and a double door refrigerator. If you’re ready to spend some serious time on the road this year, you won’t want to miss this incredible offer.

2014 Winnebago Minnie 2101DS

Cullum and Maxey is your Nashville Winnebago dealer, so don’t hesitate to come take a look at this 2014 Winnebago Minnie today. Whether you’re looking for an upgrade from your pop-up camper or a full-time travel trailer, the Minnie is the perfect vehicle for any adventure. It easily sleeps six guests and has so much storage space fit into its 21-foot frame, you’ll find it hard to believe.

The luxurious features like an outdoor shower, full interior bathroom and spacious kitchen will make you wonder how you ever traveled without this trailer in tow.

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