As farmers begin to gather the freshest apples of the fall season, it’s no wonder that October is known as National Apple Month. Help celebrate one of the tastiest harvests of the year with these mouthwatering apple recipes that are guaranteed to wow your fellow campers this fall.
Prize-Winning Southern Apple Crumble
What you’ll need:
- 3 large apples (peeled and chopped)
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cold butter (cut into small pieces)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pouch oatmeal cookie mix (1 pound 1.5 ounces)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup butter (melted)
- Heat your RV oven to 300 degrees and spray cooking spray throughout the interior of an 8-inch glass baking dish.
- Toss the apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and butter together in a large bowl. Spread the mixture evenly into the baking dish.
- In the same bowl, combine the melted butter and cookie mix until it creates a crumble. Sprinkle it on top of the filling.
- Bake the crumble for 40 minutes, then sprinkle it with the chopped pecans. Bake for an additional 15 minutes until the top is golden brown.
- Serve warm.
Apple Harvest Pockets
What you’ll need:
- 1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (softened)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 cups apples (diced and peeled)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Heat your RV oven to 400 degrees.
- Unroll the Pillsbury pie crusts onto your kitchen work surface.
- Cut the crusts into quarters to make 8 wedges.
- Mix the apples, flour, sugar and cinnamon together. Fill each wedge with 1/3 cup of the apple mixture.
- Fold the sides of the wedges over the apple filling.
- Use a fork to press the edges and seal the wedges.
- Place the wedges on an ungreased cookie sheet and cut a few small slits in the top of each one.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at Cullum and Maxey when you’re cruising throughout the country in your RV this fall.
If you want to get a couple more weekends of camping in, visit some of these Tennessee campgrounds – you can reach them in a matter of hours, so you’ll have most of the weekend to relax. Be sure you have everything you need, including accessories; and that your RV is in good working order if you haven’t had it checked since last spring.
Chester Frost Park
Head over to Hixson, Tennessee to stay at the Chester Frost Park. Even with over 200 sites, it’s a good idea to call ahead for a reservation to ensure they have open spots. Sites include pull-through sites, tent camping and big rig access. Amenities include plumbed restrooms, showers, pit toilets, 30- and 50-amp electric, water, sewer, and WiFi. Pets are allowed; and this family-friendly park features a playground and a pet area.
Recreation includes a rec room, walking trails, beach access, gym and workout facilities, a boat ramp and a marina.
Deer Run RV Resort
Head over to Crossville to stay at the Deer Run RV Resort. This park is about three hours from Nashville and it features 75 sites. Deer Run features big rig access, pull-through sites and tent camping. Amenities include showers, pit toilets and plumbed restrooms. Hookups include 30- and 50-amp electric, WiFi, sewer and water. Pets are allowed and the park features a pet area. It also features a playground for children.
Recreation includes beach access, a rec room, walking trails, a gym, a boat ramp and a marina.
The Mountaineer Campground in Townsend, Tennessee features 50 sites; and some are for big rigs or are pull-through. You’ll also find 30- and 50-amp electric, sewer, water and WiFi hookups. This park features plumbed toilets, showers and pit toilets. Recreation includes a marina, boat ramp, beach, rec room, trails and a gym.
Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center
Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any accessories you may need or to have your RV checked or serviced before you head out on your next trip.
It’s time to pack up the RV and head to the many fall events in Nashville. Or, if you live in the area, pack up the RV and make a weekend out of the events. Many festivals last more than one day, so you can camp nearby and attend the festivals.
Though October 31, 2015, catch free music every Saturday at Centennial Park. This free event is a family-friendly event. Musical performances are from 1:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Artists may include Matthew Perryman Jones, Marc Broussard and many more.
Americana Music Festival
From September 15 through September 20, 2015, the Americana Music Festival will be held in and around downtown Nashville. The festival features thousands of artists, industry professionals and fans from the world. This year’s festival is expected to have about 165 performances at several venues throughout downtown. You have an opportunity to see artists including Pokey LaFarge, Loretta Lynn, Dirty River Boys, Patty Griffin and more.
Music City Food and Wine Festival
Enjoy some of the country’s top chefs, beer crafters, and wine and spirit crafters at the Music City Food and Wine Festival, which is being held September 19 and 20, 2015. Chefs include Marcus Samuelsson, Andrew Zimmern, Jonathan Waxman, Tim Love and more.
Dog Day Festival
This one-day festival will be held on September 19 at Centennial Park. Bring your best friend to this event – that is, the four-legged best friend – and have a great time. Participate in the Mutt Strutt in the morning to help raise money for the Nashville Humane Society.
Tennessee Craft Fair
On September 27, 2015, Centennial Park will host the Tennessee Craft Fair. This is the perfect place for you to find that one-of-kind gift for upcoming birthdays and holidays. There will be hundreds of crafters with their handmade treasures so start saving now so you can pick up some great pieces.
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Before you head out to Nashville’s fall events, be sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any parts or accessories you may need, have your RV serviced or to walk through our many floor plans if you don’t yet have an RV but think taking the RV to events would be more fun that trying to find a hotel room.
Before you leave on your next trip, you’ll want to plan your meals. In honor of national honey month, add something a little different with this honey-flavored recipe that’s simple enough to make in an RV. Honey roasted carrots make a great side dish for just about anything.
Honey Glazed Carrots
- Ingredients for 4 to 6 servings:
- 2 pounds of baby carrots
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons bourbon or 2 tablespoons apple juice for a substitute
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon chicken broth or 1 tablespoon water for a substitute
- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Preheat a pan on the stove or grill. Add the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter to the pan. Add the carrots, salt and pepper and toss everything together to coat the carrots. Saute about 10 minutes, constantly moving the carrots so they won’t burn or cook too much on one side.
Add the rest of the butter and the shallot and saute for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the bourbon/apple juice, honey and chicken broth or water. Return to heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and cook the mixture for 5 minutes until the mixture is syrupy. Plate and sprinkle with thyme.
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As always, before you head out, stop by Cullum & Maxey Camping Center to pick up any accessories you may need or to have your RV checked and serviced if you haven’t done it since spring. If you plan on several trips this fall and winter for hunting and winter sports, be sure you have everything you need for cool weather camping – and make sure that furnace is working properly!
When you are planning a fall trip to catch the changing of the colors, it’s best to make reservations ahead of time since heading to New England for pictures is a popular past time. If you plan in eating out a night or two, you’ll also want to make reservations. In addition to planning your trip ahead of time, be sure to have your RV checked before you leave.
If you have a motorized RV, have the techs at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center check the engine and the brakes, otherwise the checkup for those and towables are the same.
Lake Waramaug State Park
Lake Waramaug State Park is located in New Preston, Connecticut in Litchfield Hills. The area is surrounded by rounded mountain peaks; and the campground features 77 sites. In addition to getting some great pictures of the foliage, you can swim, go canoeing and fish for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Non residents pay $36 per night. For more information and reservations call (877) 668-2267. For the GPS, enter 30 Lake Waramaug Road, New Preston.
Mount Greylock State Reservation
When most people think of camping in New England, they rarely think of Massachusetts. Mount Greylock is located in Adams near the summit of this state’s tallest peak and has only 15 sites. The sites are hike in only and are primitive. You’ll have to park your RV elsewhere, but for those who want to hike the area as a mini trip without the RV, this is perfect. If you like to hike but are not up to a more intermediate trail, take the 1.3-mile hike from the Rockwell Road parking area. For those who prefer more challenge, take the 2.4-mile climb from Williamstown. Once you’re at the campsite, you’ll find tons of trails that go in every direction and give you the perfect opportunity for great foliage pictures. For more information and reservations call (877) 422-6762. Sites are $8 to $10 for a single site and $25 for a group site.
Visit Button Bay State Park in Addison Vermont, Lafayette Campground at the Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire or Hermit Island Campground in Phippsburg, Maine.
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Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any accessories you may need and to have your RV checked or serviced before you head east and through the Appalachian Mountains into New England.
Whether you are visiting Nashville and staying in your RV or you live in the area, and you play golf, you’ll want to know where the best golf courses in the area are located. Nashville has several golf courses and many of them are great, but for the best, visit Harpeth Hills, Richland and Hermitage, not necessarily in that order.
Harpeth Hills Golf Course
For a legendary layout and amazing courses, visit Harpeth Hills Golf Course, located in Percy Warner Park. This top-rated public course features Bermuda fairways and manicured bentgrass greens. It also features a par 72 championship layout. Facilities include two putting/chipping greens, a driving range, a clubhouse with food and drinks and some of the best scenery in the area. For more information call (615) 862-8493.
Richland Country Club
Visit Richland Country Club’s exotic fairways and challenging Jack Nicklaus course in this course’s setting between Brentwood and Green Hills. Features include a sand game, bunkers in landing areas, large trees lining the fairways and fast, sloping greens. For more information call (615) 370-0040.
Hermitage Golf Course
If it’s named “Hermitage,” it’s top notch. The Hermitage Golf Course features a hotel, bar, two 18-hole public courses, and more. Call ahead to reserve a tee time for the General’s retreat, which runs along the Cumberland River or the President’s Reserve, which winds through 300 acres of Tennessee wetlands. For more information and reservations call (615) 847-4001.
Nashboro Golf Club
If you are looking for something that is challenging, visit Nashboro Golf Club’s tight fairways, dense tree line and thick cut of rough. You’ll need to accurately place the tee to hit the fairways instead of the trees. If you miss the immaculate greens, you’ll have to get out of water hazards and surrounding bunkers. For more information call (615) 367-2311.
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Be sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any accessories or parts you may need for your RV; and if you don’t have an RV or are ready to upgrade, stop by to walk through our many floor plans to find the perfect RV for your family.
If you are in the market for a great fifth wheel that sleeps up to four people and that has plenty of room, take a walk through the 2016 Grand Design Reflection 303RLS. This model features three slides so you have plenty of room, a front bedroom and a rear living room with the kitchen and dining area in the middle. This floor plan ensures that you have plenty of space in all areas including the bedroom.
Summer Package Features
The Grand Design Reflection 303RLS features solid surface counter tops, residential cabinets, an 8 cubic-foot double door fridge, a 17.8-gallon per hour quick recovery hot water heater, a high rise faucet with a pull-out sprayer, a radius fireplace and a porcelain toilet with a foot pedal flush.
The summer package also features metal slam latch baggage doors, a black tank flush, aluminum “Tread Lite” entry steps and a universal all-in-one docking station.
Like the summer package, the power package is mandatory and comes with this model. This package features one-touch electric front stabilizer jacks and awning with an LED light, a hi-definition LED TV in the living room, an AM/FM/CD/DVD Bluetooth stereo system, 50-amp electrical service, power rear stabilizer jacks, a detachable power cord with an LED light and wiring and framing for a second air conditioning unit in the bedroom.
Additional Interior Features
Additional features include wall-hugger theatre seating, panoramic windows in the slides, Beauflor flooring with a seven-year warranty, residential style window treatments, Gunstock fixtures and hardware, a deep double sink and a residential style microwave.
Bed and bath features include neo radius shower doors, a large skylight over the shower, power vent fan, large medicine cabinet with a mirror, heating and cooling ducts in the bathroom, a king-size wardrobe, pillowtop mattresses, underbed storage, heat registers in the bedroom, closeable air conditioning vents in the bedroom, a residential bedspread and television and cable prep in the bedroom.
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Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to walk through the 2016 Grand Design Reflection 303RLS to learn more about the abundant features in this fifth wheel RV.
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.
Stop by Cullum and Maxey
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.
Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center
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.