New England Campsites for the Fall

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.

Additional Sites

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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National Golf Month – Best Golf Courses in Nashville

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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2016 Grand Design Reflection 303RLS

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.

Power Package

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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The Coolest Camping Gadgets

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.

Water Purification

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.

Solar Shower

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.

Collapsible Bowls

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.

UTV

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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Top Country Songs About Road Trips

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.

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Summer Fun in Nashville

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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National Parks in Tennessee

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.

Cumberland Gap

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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Celebrate Summer with Corn on the Cob Day!

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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Best Fishing Spots in Tennessee

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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Memorial Day Events in Nashville

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.

Musician’s Corner

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.

Nashville Shores

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.

Mudbug Festival

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.

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