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Tennessee winter months are generally mild so many people continue camping throughout the year. However, whether you choose to store your RV for the winter or continue using it, you should winterize the RV.
The service technicians at Cullum and Maxey can help you winterize your RV for storage if you are not comfortable with doing it yourself. And, if you plan on camping throughout the year, be sure to bring your RV in for winter service.
Storing Your RV for the Winter
If you choose to store your RV for the winter, certain steps must be taken to protect it from Mother Nature and her children. Clean the interior of the RV thoroughly, including the sinks, toilet, shower, and the floors. Remove all food, including canned goods and dry goods from the RV.
Once you don’t need the water anymore, empty and rinse the gray and black water tanks. Make sure they are rinsed thoroughly. Then, empty the fresh water tank and the hot water heater. If you open the outside door to the water heater, you should see a drain spigot. If the spigot pours onto the piping, attach a hose to it so that it goes outside the RV. If you are hooked up to a water supply, unhook it after you are finished, turn on the water pump, then open the spigots to ensure there is no water left in the plumbing.
If you completely empty the system, you do not have to worry about bypassing the water heater and adding antifreeze to the system.
Cover the tires with the tire covers whether you store the RV inside or outside. If you store it outside, you may want to cover the top of it with a tarp to help protect the air conditioning units and the roof itself.
Make sure all linens, blankets, pillows and other materials are either taken out of the RV or stored in plastic bags so that mice and other critters won’t get in them.
Using Your RV Throughout the Winter
Using the RV sporadically throughout the winter means that you have to go through the winterization process each time you come back. As long as the heat is on in the RV, the pipes won’t freeze. However, the plumbing system should be emptied every time you come back. Alternatively, you can bypass the water heater and put antifreeze in the system to keep it from freezing, though it is easier to completely empty the system each time.
You’ll still want to bag up your materials and remove all food from the RV, even if it is boxes or cans, but especially boxes. Mice and other critters looking for a warm place will find boxed food and will have a field day. Cans may explode if it gets too cold.
If you need help winterizing your RV for storage, stop by Cullum and Maxey to have our technicians give you a hand. If you need accessories such as a water heater bypass, stop by our parts and accessories building to pick up that and anything else you might need to winterize your RV.
No matter what size RV you have, you never seem to have enough storage space. You can increase your storage space on the cheap using several different creative ideas. Whether you buy storage organizers or make them yourself, you’ll find that you can use even the smallest areas in your RV to maximize storage.
Stop by Cullum and Maxey RV in Nashville to browse through our parts store for things to help with storage, to get your RV ready for winter camping or storage, and to have maintenance done on your RV.
Use Velcro to store remotes on the outside of a chair or sofa. The Velcro keeps the remotes in place while you are moving, and keeps them in one place so you don’t lose them. It also allows for extra room on tables or in drawers.
Mount a CD rack on a wall to hold CDs and DVDs. To keep the media inside the rack while traveling, attach a bungee cord or fashion a decorative rope or ribbon tie to go across the front of them.
Hang seat organizers over the front seats in a motorized RV to hold smaller entertainment items such as iPods, phones, cords, tablets and more.
Keep your basement storage areas neat by using Velcro straps to hold coiled hoses and cords to the insides of storage bin doors. Use tubs with lids to stack your stuff in storage bins to maximize the space in the taller storage lockers. You can even add a roll-out mechanism to pull the bins out of the storage bay.
Kitchen and Bath Areas
Hang shelf systems over the sinks in the galley and bathroom for extra space. If you prefer not screwing things into the ceiling, you can accomplish the same thing by using behind-the-sink storage racks. Hang a small hammock under the cabinets in the galley to store fruit or vegetables.
Command Hooks mounted on the inside of cabinet doors are great for storing cooking utensils, coffee cups and just about anything else that will hang. This saves tons of space in drawers and cabinets and allows you to use them for things that don’t hang.
Stop by Cullum and Maxey RV today to get your RV ready for the next camping season – or to add space now for the winter camping season.
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Your RV is not just for camping and road trips. You can have the best tailgate party if you bring your RV to the ballpark. First, you can bring more people with you, plus you can load up for the tailgate party of tailgate parties. Before you start packing, you should create a list of things you will need and the food that you will be grilling so that you don’t forget anything.
If you don’t have an outdoor kitchen or if you prefer to use a grill, pack a grill. It should be large enough to cook enough food for the number of people you invite to your tailgate party. If you happen to have a toy hauler, you can load a large grill into the cargo area without having to break it down.
Don’t forget chairs. Most people won’t want to sit inside the RV to eat – after all, this is a picnic! Pack folding chairs into the basement storage. If you don’t have a proper grill and enough chairs, stop by Cullum and Maxey to pick up chairs, a grill and other accessories you might want.
Make sure you have grilling tools. A long-handled spatula and tongs are a must. If you are serving corn on the cob, pack some ear holders. And, don’t forget plenty of paper plates and plastic ware. Be sure to pack extra – you might want to heat something up later.
Since you have a fridge in the RV, you can pack whatever you want without worrying about the ice melting or food going sour during the day. Make macaroni and potato salads, coleslaw and Waldorf Salad the day before.
Thaw ribs, hot dogs, burgers and other meat the day before. Store them in the RV fridge until you are ready to cook them. If you wait to thaw them on the day of the tailgate party you might not get to eat until late.
Don’t forget dessert and snacks. Be sure to pack up plenty of chips and dip. Since you can prepare food the day before, bake a Titan’s cake for your family and friends – and to show your support for the Tennessee Titans. Add other desserts such as homemade cookies and brownies. You can never have too much food for a tailgate party.
Stop by Cullum and Maxey to pick up any accessories you might need to make your tailgate party a success. And, if you haven’t had your RV serviced since the spring, it’s a good idea to have it checked and serviced since you will be using it throughout the fall and winter for tailgate parties.
Finding the perfect RV for the perfect price is sometimes as easy as walking through the first floor plan you come to. Of course, with many to choose from, you definitely want to do your research first – who know? You might find something even better. To expedite the process, you can view floor plans on our website; and choose those you would like to see first.
The floor plan for the 2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 2390RKS is perfect for a family of four or six. You can walk through this floor plan at Cullum and Maxey RV in Nashville. This travel trailer features a front bedroom with a queen bed, two shirt closets and an overhead shelf. It also has a separate door into the bathroom and an exterior door so you don’t wake up other family members or friends who might be sleeping in the main living area.
As you walk through the hall from the master bedroom, you’ll pass a linen closet and the bathroom. The bath features a stand-up shower with a curved door. The main living area features a 68-inch sofa, a large dinette, skylight and a rear kitchen. The living area has a slide that contains the sofa and refrigerator so you have plenty of space to move about in the living area.
For those who like to dry camp or boondock, holding tank capacities are important. The fresh water tank holds 52 gallons and the black and gray water tanks each hold 42 gallons. You’ll be able to spend an entire weekend with six people without refilling or emptying tanks if you’re careful with water conservation.
The interior features a full kitchen with a microwave, three-burner range, oven, and a 6 cubic-foot double door fridge that runs on gas or electric. The double sink features a high-rise faucet and the stove features a power range hood with a 12-volt light and exhaust fan.
The living/dining area features residential furniture, overhead cabinets, designer window treatments, mini blinds, a fold-down sofa, and wall switches for the overhead lights. The bedroom features reading lights, a designer bedding package and plenty of storage.
Appliances include a 6-gallon hot water heater, a water heater by-pass, 34,000 BTU furnace, 13.5 BTU roof-ducted air conditioning unit, a 12-volt water pump, 55-amp converter, digital television antenna with a booster and a monitor panel.
For a complete list of standard features and a tour, stop by Cullum and Maxey today.
If you’re in the market for a new RV, it’s time to explore some floor plans from Winnebago. The new 2015 models are out for the Vista and the View – and there are 10 different floor plans to choose from. Whether you are a couple or you have a family, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.
You can walk through all of the floor plans at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center in Nashville, Tenn. Stop by – with your walking shoes – and check out the new Winnebago models or any of the other models on the lot.
The Vista 26HE features a separate queen bedroom, a dinette and a full galley plus a lounge chair near the front. The two cab chairs also swivel to face the rear.
The Vista 27N features a queen bedroom, three slides and a choice of a dinette, BenchMark dinette for a comfort sleeper with two tables. You’ll find plenty of storage, including some storage in the bathroom.
The Vista 30T features a queen bedroom, lavatory with a separate shower, full galley and a choice of a dinette, BenchMark dinette or stand-alone table and chairs.
The Vista 31KE features a queen bed and one large slide in the living area. The shower is separate from the lavatory so two people can use the area at the same time. The living area features a U-shaped dinette, sofa bed and full galley.
Winnebago Vista 36Y Floor plan.
The Vista 35B features three slides, including two bedroom slides, a queen bedroom, bunk beds, a master bath and a half bath. The living area features a sofa bed and dinette, so there is plenty of room for up to six people.
The Vista 35F features a queen bedroom with wardrobes and a master bath. The living area features an extendable sectional sofa and dinette. There is also a half bath on the living area side of the bedroom wall.
The Vista 36Y features a queen bedroom that can be upgraded to a king bedroom. The full bath features extra storage for linens. Choose from the residential fridge or a four-door fridge for the galley. The living area features a stand-alone table and chairs and a sleeper sofa.
In addition to the Vista models, Cullum and Maxey also have three new View models to choose from. Head over today to pick your next RV so you can get out on the road before the peak fall colors hit.
Whether you are a weekender or want to give up your house for an RV lifestyle, the 2015 Winnebago Tour 42 QD is the perfect luxury home away from home. With tons of features and space, you can do anything you would do in a house.
You can take a tour of the 42 QD at Cullum and Maxey today. The living area features Ultraleather furniture – an extendable sectional sofa and recliner. You can add two optional ottomans. It also features a fireplace, Blu-Ray home theater sound system, a 46-inch HDTV, CD/DVD player, central vacuum system, security safe, tinted and dual-glazed thermo-insulated windows, a power roof vent, LED ceiling lights and a soft vinyl ceiling.
The galley features Corian countertops, a stainless microwave/convection oven, a three-burner LP range, filtered cold water and a residential stainless French door fridge and freezer.
The bedroom features a power king bed, comfort control mattress with remote controls, stackable washer and dryer, and bedspread, pillows and shams. It also features plenty of storage and a 28-inch HDTV.
The bathrooms feature Corian countertops, a flexible showerhead, a skylight, porcelain toilet and an area rug in the master bath.
The cab features six-way power seats, a power passenger footrest, heat and massage, power lumbar support, remote swivel seats, an infotainment center with Rand McNally GPS, 10.4-inch color touch screen, AM/FM radio, CD/DVD player, Bluetooth, color rearview camera, sideview camera display, a video camera system, a tilt and telescopic steering column, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power mirrors with defrost, a sideview camera and integrated turn signals, blackout roller shades, a powered stepwell cover and dual map lights.
The exterior features an entertainment center with a 32-inch HDTV, auxiliary docking lamps, service bay lights, two powered acrylic patio awnings, motion sensors and LED lights on the awnings, lighted storage compartments, a 7-foot folding step ladder, automatic entrance steps, and a lower front protective mask.
The chassis features a Cummins ISL 8.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine that makes 450 horsepower, adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, an Allison 3000 MH six-speed electronic transmission, two-stage engine compression brake, information display center, air suspension, air brakes, automatic leveling jacks, a tow package and stylized aluminum wheels.
To learn more about the 2015 Winnebago Tour 42 QD, stop by Cullum and Maxey for a tour today.
One of the best places to take a vacation is practically right in your back yard. If you do plan to go to the Great Smoky Mountains, you should plan to spend as long as you can – if you have a two-week vacation, spend it all there. The park has so much to offer that you won’t be able to see everything in a span of a couple of weeks.
Before you head out, have your RV checked at Cullum and Maxey, especially if you have a motorized RV. Many of the hills are steep, so you want your brakes, transmission and suspension in excellent working order. If you have a towable with trailer brakes, be sure the trailer brakes are working properly.
Whether you like history and culture or nature and science, you will be fascinated with what the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer. Learn more about the Southern Appalachian history from the Paleo Indians through early European settlers, loggers and, in the 20th century, the Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees. The park has many preserved historic landscapes, structures and artifacts that show you how people lived through the years.
Nature and science buffs will appreciate the biological diversity the Great Smoky Mountains offers. The park has over 17,000 species of plants, invertebrates and animals. Also, scientists think that there may be up to an additional 80,000 species that live in the area that have not yet been found.
The park is so diverse because of the glaciers, mountain formation and weather over the years. The range forms the border between Tennessee and North Carolina and is over 5,000 feet for 36 miles. Elevations range from 875 to 6,643 feet. The difference in the elevation also plays a part in the diversity of the species that call the Smokies their home. The Smoky Mountains were formed about 200 to 300 million years ago. The Smoky Mountains, because of their location and northeast to southwest orientation, have not been invaded by glaciers or oceans – this allowed species to shelter from the weather and glaciers of 10,000 years ago.
Additionally, you will find about 100 species of native trees. Almost 95 percent of the park is covered with forests, and about 25 percent of that is old growth. If you’re counting, you’ll find over 200 species of birds, 67 native fish species, 66 types of mammals, 43 species of amphibians and 39 varieties of reptiles.
Stop by Cullum and Maxey to get your RV ready for your next adventure and make that adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains.
If you can’t make up your mind where to go on your vacation, have you considered your own backyard? If you’ve never been to the Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, then you are definitely missing out on a trip of a lifetime. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America – and with good reason.
Stop by Cullum and Maxey to pick up any accessories and other items that you may need for your RV, then pack up and head east. You’ll get to see tons of different plant and animal life, take in some ancient mountain beauty and visit the Southern Appalachian mountain culture.
If you’re a hiker, you’ll have over 800 miles of maintained trails to hike. Some are short hikes – just enough to stretch your legs – and some require physical fitness and some backcountry camping. You’ll find plenty of RV parks, fishing places, get to view tons of wildlife and tour the area in your car or truck. If you have a motorized RV, you may want to tow your car behind it so you can take some of the auto tours without having to pack up the RV.
The park is home to about 1,500 bears, many deer, elk and other animals. If you’ve always wanted to see a bear, you may get your chance when you visit the Smoky Mountains. All plant life and animals are protected in the park so that future generations may enjoy the same viewing luxuries you can see today.
You’ll also see panoramic vistas, majestic forests and cascading rivers. You can take a horseback ride at Sugarlands, take a raft out on the Pigeon River or take a bicycle ride around the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop to see wildlife. You’ll also learn about the blue haze that hangs over the mountains and about the cantilevered barns. Hikes include Abrams Falls and Mt. LeConte; or take a day hike to the Sutton Ridge Overlook.
The park’s headquarters are located at 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, Tenn., 37738. You can reach the park by calling (865) 436-1200.
Before you head out, be sure your RV and tow vehicle – or your motorized coach is in excellent working condition – including the brakes! Stop by Cullum and Maxey to have everything checked out if it’s been some time since your last checkup.
Choosing the right RV is simple as long as you know what your financial limitations are and you know exactly what you need. You can find anything from a tent trailer to a Class A diesel in many different sizes and configurations.
Once you determine how much you can spend, then you need to determine several other factors, including how many the RV will sleep, how much space you want in the RV, whether you want to haul the RV or drive it; and if you want to haul it, whether you have the right truck. If it’s a motorized RV, whether you want a gas or diesel; and if it’s a towable, whether you want a travel trailer, fifth wheel, tent trailer or toy hauler.
The best way to find out what some of the floor plans look like is to visit Cullum and Maxey’s web site to click through the pictures and floor plans of various RVs. Once you pick out three or four for your short list, stop by our dealership to walk through the floor plans you picked out.
When you’re here, you’ll want to learn more about standard features and additional options, construction of the RV and specifications. If you want a toy hauler that sleeps 10 people, and are going to take 10 people out every time you go camping, you’ll want a toy hauler with big enough holding tanks – unless you plan on camping only in parks with full hookups. You’ll also want a comfortable layout, especially if all 10 people are adults.
If it’s just two of you, you may want a larger RV for comfort reasons – you can choose an RV that sleeps just four – two in the queen/king bedroom and two on a fold-down couch or dinette. Furthermore, you’ll have to choose your décor. Some RVs have just one or two interior décor designs to choose from while others offer four or more. This depends on your taste, so once you find a couple RVs in your price range with a floor plan you like, then you’ll get to pick the one with the décor that you like.
You might want to check RVs with plenty of basement storage and interior storage if you are planning an extended trip across the country or if you have children who will be camping with you.
Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to walk through several floor plans and choose your next dream “home away from home.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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