2015 Tennessee Travel Ideas

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In many cases, people are planning their spring and summer vacations now as they have to give notice for the time off. If you plan on staying in the area this year, Tennessee has plenty of great places to visit, whether you like hiking, just taking in nature or fishing. On top of RVing at the lakes, there’s tons to do in the local areas including shopping and restaurants.

While you are planning your vacation, take stock of the things you have for your RV. Stop by Cullum and Maxey to pick up any accessories you may want to add or anything that needs to be replaced for the new season.

Center Hill Lake

Center Hill Lake is one of the most beautiful spots in Tennessee. Almost all of the shoreline is undeveloped so you can get some great pictures of the natural beauty of the area. The lake’s water is clear; and the lake features three waterfalls, rock bluffs and more. Rivers that flow into the lake include Collins River, Caney Fork River, Falling Water and Rocky River.

The lake itself was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1949. The Center Hill Dam, built from earth structures and concrete, was finished in 1948. The dam features eight gates and each gate is 50 feet wide.

The is 64 miles long and it covers over 18,000 square acres. The lake can hold up to 762,00 acre feet of water. The maximum depth is 190 feet and you have about 415 miles of shoreline to visit. The lake also features many fish attractors and brush piles, making this one of the best places for fishing. You’ll find fish such as four types of bass, catfish, walleye, bluegill, three types of crappie, paddlefish, rainbow trout and brown trout. Campgrounds in the area include Ragland Bottom, Floating Mill Park, Holmes Creek and Long Branch.

Dale Hollow Lake

Dale Hollow Lake – part of it – is in Pickett County, Tennessee; and the lake features 620 miles of shoreline and clear water. You can go boating and fishing, plus there are many places around the lake with hiking trails. As always, look out for wildlife including deer. If you want to fish at Dale Hollow Lake, you’ll catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. The world record smallmouth bass of 11 pounds, 15 ounces was caught in Dale Hollow in July 1955.

Dale Hollow Lake also has tons of marinas where you can rent boats, canoes, jet skis and pontoon boats. Just up the street from Sunset Marina, you’ll find the Cordell Hull Birthplace Museum and State Park. Other things to do in the area include antique shopping, crafts, handcrafted quilts and restaurants with family-style cooking.

Campgrounds include Star Point Resort, Storie’s RV and Camping, Pickett State Park and the Obey River Campground. Stop by Cullum and Maxey before you head out so you can pick up any accessories you may need for your next trip.

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Special Military Discounts at Cullum & Maxey

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If you’re in the market for a new or used RV and are in the military, be sure to take advantage of our special military discounts. We also have military discounts on parts and accessories. The discounts are good for people in all branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.

This is our way to thank those who make daily sacrifices to put themselves in harm’s way for our freedom. Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center and ask for a military discount when you purchase an RV, parts or accessories.

Rebate on Any RV

Military members will get a $250 rebate toward the purchase of any RV. When a military member buys a new or used RV, he or she will also get a $100 gift certificate to use in our parts and accessories department.

Discount on Counter Parts

Military members can also take 10 percent off all over the counter parts and accessories as long as the item is not on sale.

Qualifications

Just bring your military ID in with you – or any supporting documents showing that you are in the military and let us show you our gratitude for your service.

Featured RV Models

Featured RV models include a pre-owned 1999 Coachmen Santara, a 29-foot model that is very clean. This model features a full galley including an oven, a bath with a stand-up shower and a private bedroom.

If you prefer a travel trailer, walk through the brand new 2015 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 2780RLS, a 27-foot travel trailer that sleeps up to six people The main bedroom is in the front. The rear living quarters and slide-out make this RV spacious enough to comfortably accommodate all six people. The large sofa and dinette fold down into two beds. The living area also features two chairs and an entertainment center.

Need a toy hauler? We have a 2004 Forest River Salem Sport that sleeps up to six people. Haul motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles and other toys with you when you go camping.

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Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center today to pick up a new or used RV or parts and accessories you may need for your current RV and take advantage of our military discount if you are in the service.

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2015 Keystone Premier 30RIPR

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If you are in the market for a travel trailer and need something with tons of space yet is light and easy to tow, then walk through the 2015 Keystone Premier 30RIPR model. With two slides, a front bedroom and a rear living room, this floor plan has it all, including plenty of workspace in the kitchen.

This model sleeps up to six people – or eight if two want to sleep in the recliners. Stop by Cullum and Maxey in Nashville, Tennessee to walk through this 30-foot floor plan and to learn more about the Premier 30RIPR.

Floor Plan

When you walk into the entrance and turn immediately to your right, you enter the queen bedroom. The bedroom features overhead cabinets, two wardrobes and a laundry chute.

Directly across from the entry door, you’ll find the corner bathroom with a corner shower, foot-flush toilet and sink. If you are standing in the entrance door and look to your left, you’ll see an entry closet for coats and boots.

Moving to the left, you’ll see the galley and dinette. The galley features a fridge, two pantries, a three-burner stove, oven, microwave and double sinks in an island. As you move to the rear of the RV, you’ll find a tri-fold sofa that shares a slide with the dinette, two luxury cinema recliners on the rear wall and an entertainment center on the same side as the kitchen. The entertainment center, a pantry, stove and a counter top all share a slide.

Storage and Exterior

The interior of the RV features plenty of overhead cabinets throughout for extra storage. The exterior features an outside kitchen with optional RVQ grill. The front of the RV features pass through storage so you’ll have plenty of room for extra luggage and gear for your hobbies.

Additional Features

The interior is carpeted except the bathroom and the galley area. Window treatments and mini blinds provide plenty of privacy. The overhead cabinets in the bedroom also feature reading lights.

Stop by Cullum and Maxey

Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to walk through the 2015 Keystone Premier 30RIPR and to learn more about its features including holding tanks sizes, electronics, the plumbing system and more. Ask your salesperson about any specials or financing deals we may have running on our Keystone models.

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2015 Winnebago Vista 35F

If you are in the market for an RV and need plenty of space and lots of amenities walk through the new 2015 Winnebago Vista 35F. With two slides and a bath and a half, this RV has plenty of space for a family or several friends.

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The 35F is available at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center in Nashville, Tennessee, as are several other models of Winnebago Vista RVs.

Cab Conveniences

Cab conveniences are just as important as “house” conveniences since you may be spending some time driving, especially if you are taking an extended trip. The cab features adjustable armrests, lumbar support, multi-adjustable sliding, reclining and swivel seats, three-point seat belts, a tilt steering wheel, power door mirrors with defrost, a cab wrap-around curtain, cruise control and a dash workstation with USB and 12-volt power ports.

Electrical

The house features an AC/DC electrical distribution system with a 45-amp converter/charger, a 50-amp power cord, automatic changeover switch, PowerLine Engergy Management System, a 5500-watt Cummins Onan Marquis Gold gas generator, a battery disconnect in the coach, automatic dual battery charge control, cable television input, a portable satellite dish hookup, AC duplex receptacle and auxiliary start circuit.

Interior Features

The interior features a 39-inch HDTV, OnePlace systems monitor, amplified digital television antenna system, tinted windows, a power roof vent in the bathroom, dual-pane windows, electric fireplace and LED lights.

Pluming

The plumbing features a service center with colored labels for pressurized city water with a diverter, valve drainage, an exterior wash station with a lighted pump switch, a 6-gallon two-way hot water heater, heated holding tank compartment, a permanent-mount LP tank with gauge, an on-demand water pump, TrueLevel holding tank monitoring system, LKP gas accessory connection in the patio area, winterization package and a black tank flush system.

Chassis Features

The chassis is a Ford F53 chassis. A 362-horsepower Triton V-10 engine backed by a five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission powers the RV. The chassis features hydraulic ABS brakes, a trailer hitch with 500 pounds of maximum vertical tongue weight, aluminum wheels and automatic hydraulic leveling jacks.

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To learn more about the 2015 Winnebago Vista 35F including galley, bath, bedroom, living area, safety and exterior features, stop by Cullum and Maxey to walk through the 35F.

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Complete Your Christmas List at Cullum and Maxey

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Whether your friend or family member just bought an RV or that person has had an RV for some time, you can always find some great Christmas presents at our parts store. Not only do we carry parts for RVs, but we also carry tons of accessories for RVs and tow vehicles.

Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to finish your Christmas shopping – you’ll be surprised at how many great gifts you will find for the person that is hard to buy for!

Satellites

While many people don’t watch a lot of television while camping, there are times when it comes in handy – as in when there’s a nasty storm and everyone is stuck inside the RV or if you want to catch a good movie after an evening around the campfire. It’s often hard to pick up local stations no matter where you go, so a satellite would be a perfect gift. In addition to satellites, you can pick up all accessories including cables.

Appliances

Most RV fridges don’t come with an ice maker. However, many people use ice. Instead of using ice stored in a cooler, get your friend or family member a portable ice maker for the RV. We also have several styles of grills to choose from for the “outdoor” kitchen. Portable heaters, blenders, coffee makers and other small appliances to help out with meal preparation and partying are available at Cullum and Maxey.

Fuel Efficiency

Since fuel efficiency may be a “big thing” for RVers, those who travel a lot may enjoy a tire pressure monitoring system. If the tires are not properly inflated, fuel efficiency is affected and it’s more noticeable over long distances. When choosing a system, choose a system with six sensors if your friend’s RV has dual rear tires. A universal dual wheel inflating kit also comes in handy if the RV has dual rear wheels – this makes access to the inner wheel much easier when it is time to adjust tire pressure.

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Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to browse through our parts store for that perfect Christmas gift for your RVing friend or family member – you are sure to find the perfect gift for this season.

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Holiday Events in Nashville

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Whether you live in the area or are visiting in your RV, you’ll want to attend some of Music City’s Christmas events. Nashville is full of events throughout the month of December, so get your Christmas Mojo going by decorating your RV and getting tickets for some of these events.

If you need accessories to help decorating your RV for the holidays, stop by Cullum and Maxey to browse through the parts store today – or on your way to have some fun.

The 61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Piedmont Natural Gas presents the 61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on December 5, 2014. Eric Close, the actor who plays Mayor Teddy Conrad on “Nashville” will be the Parade Grand Marshal this year. The parade starts at 7:00 p.m. and features a “Sharing the Warmth” theme. It will travel Second Avenue, and up Broadway to Ninth Avenue.

If you have a pair of gently used shoes or a gently used coat, Clothes4Souls and Soles4Souls are accepting donations. Drop off locations are at the Public Square Plaza and along Second Avenue near Hard Rock Café.

The tree lighting starts the festivities at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Square Plaza. Stop by to see the lighting, the parade, Mayor Karl Dean, other special guests and to donate shoes or a coat.

Amy Grant and Vince Gill: Christmas at the Ryman

Visit Amy Grant and Vince Gill at the Ryman from December 3, 2014 through December 18, 2014. You’ll get to hear the standards from both singers, as well as newer holiday songs. The Ryman is located at 116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219. Admission ranges from $35 to $125. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. For more information call (615) 889-3060.

Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular

The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convenience Center at the Grand Ole Opry House presents the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular until December 24, 2014. Check out the legendary high kicks and the precision of the Rockettes in their re-enactment of “Living Nativity.” The Grand Ole Opry House is located at 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214. Admission ranges from $24.99 to $94.99 per ticket. For more information, including a complete list of dates and times, call (615) 889-1000.

Visit Cullum and Maxey today to pick up any accessories you may need for your next trip – or for decorating your RV if you are spending the holidays in a Nashville RV park.

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Delicious Thanksgiving Treats

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Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving at home or in your RV, you’ll need some treats for dessert – treats to go along with the traditional apple, cherry, pumpkin and blueberry pies. These treats are easy to make and don’t take up much space when space is at a premium.

Stop by Cullum and Maxey to pick up any accessories you may need; or to have your RV serviced before you head out on a trip this time of year.

Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice Acorns

  • 1 bag each chocolate and pumpkin spice kisses
  • 1 box mini Nilla Wafers

Melt 10 of the kisses – you can use all chocolate or half chocolate and half pumpkin spice. Spread a thin layer of the melted chocolate on the flat side of a Nilla Wafer. Stick a Hershey’s Kiss to the Nilla Wafer. Place dot of melted chocolate on the top to form an acorn. Let them set until the chocolate hardens.

Chocolate Bar Name Plates

  • 1 large bar of Hershey’s milk chocolate (4.4 ounces)
  • A toothpick
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Gel food coloring
  • Colorful sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips, melted
  • Marshmallows (optional)

Break the large bar along the three vertical lines to make four small bars with four squares each. Tint the confectioner’s sugar with the gel food coloring, then sift the powdered sugar to remove lumps.

Use the toothpick to engrave a name or message on the smooth side of each chocolate bar. You’ll have to use some pressure to do this. Sprinkle the colored powdered sugar over the chocolate bars, making sure to fill in the scribed writing. Brush any excess sugar away. Lightly dampen a paper towel, and then use it to get the rest of the colored sugar off, being careful to not remove the sugar in the engraving.

Use the melted chocolate chips to “glue” a marshmallow to the back if you want the name plate to stand up.

Visit Cullum and Maxey

Before you head out, stop by Cullum and Maxey to have your RV checked or serviced if you haven’t done it recently. If you don’t have an RV and think that spending Thanksgiving in the middle of the woods or in a favorite park sounds like fun, stop by our dealership to pick out your new RV.

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Thanksgiving Events in Nashville

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Whether you live in the area or are visiting Nashville during the Thanksgiving holiday, you may want to “get out of the house” for a bit – and get away from the craziness of preparing for the holiday.

If you’re staying in a travel trailer or other RV like you’ll find at Cullum and Maxey, you’ll want some event ideas, especially if you have children that are anxious to get out and do something in the area.

Opry at the Ryman

The Grand Ole Opry is bringing several performers to the Ryman Auditorium on November 21, 2014, including Lori McKenna, Bill Anderson, Charely Pride and Riders in the Sky. Get a chance to see “the show that made country music famous” in the Historic Ryman Auditorium. This two-hour show features many artists – from new artists to famous artists with household names, so don’t miss it.

The Ryman is located at 116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219. Admission ranges from $29.50 to $69.50 per ticket and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit the Ryman’s web site or call (615) 871-6779.

Standing Stone State Park Big Foot Scramble 5-Mile Run

The Overton Chamber of Commerce is presenting this 5-mile run on November 22, 2014. The run will take place through Standing Stone State Park. The park is located at 1674 Standing Stone Highway, Hilham, TN 27457. The run starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. For more information, call (931) 823-6124.

Thanksgiving Preschool Story Time

Preschoolers love stories and the Nashville Public Library Inglewood Branch is hosting a story time on November 26, 2014. The story time starts at 10:00 a.m. and preschoolers and their caregivers are invited. The stories are designed for children aged 2 through 5. The library is located at 4312 Gallatin Road, Nashville, TN 37216. For more information, call (615) 862-5866.

Tennessee State Fairgrounds Flea Market

From November 21 through November 23, 2014, stop by one of the top ten flea markets in the country. The Tennessee State Fairgrounds Flea Market will features vendors and dealers from 30 states. You’ll find bargains and hard-to-find items including antiques, jewelry, gifts, collectibles, tools, arts and crafts, housewares and more.

The fairgrounds and Nashville Expo Center are located at 625 Smith Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203. Parking is $5. The flea market opens at 8:00 a.m. on November 21 and 7:00 a.m. on November 22 and 23. It closes at 5:00 p.m. on November 21 and 22 and at 4:00 p.m. on November 23. For more information call (615) 862-5016.

Stop by Cullum and Maxey

Whether you are here on vacation or are planning your next trip, stop by Cullum and Maxey to pick up any accessories you may need or to have your RV serviced.

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November in Nashville

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If you live near Nashville, you know that the city offers plenty to do, even during the fall months. If you are camping nearby, you may want to attend a few events including the CMA Country Christmas.

While you’re here, you should stop by Cullum and Maxey if you need accessories or parts for your RV. If something malfunctioned in your RV, we can repair it for you, so give us a call instead of trying to fix it yourself or suffering without.

CMA Country Christmas

The CMA Country Christmas will be held on November 7, 2014. Ticket prices range from $25 to $50. This show is taped in front of a live audience and starts at 7:30 p.m. central time at the Bridgestone Arena. Jennifer Nettles will be hosting the show, which airs on the ABC Television Network. This year, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Brett Eldredge, Lucy Hale, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes and several others are expected to perform. Attending this show is a family tradition for some families – and you can make this a tradition for your family, too.

At the same time, there will be a toy drive – those attending are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping. The toys will be for Nashville area children. Bins provided by Generosity will be available starting at 5:00 p.m. The group collected over 5,000 toys in 2013.

Crafts and Drafts

This event, first held in Washington DC and called Crafty Bastards, is in its first year in Nashville. With over 70 craft vendors and beer from Jackalope Brewing Company and Good People Brewing Company, you’re sure to have a great time finding unique Christmas gifts. Also, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Ray’s Wings and Things, The Loving Pie Company, The Rolling Feast, Feisty Goat Coffee Roaster and Yum.Dog. will be there. The event will be held at the Nashville Farmer’s Market on November 8, 2014 and admission is free.

Nashvember

On Sunday, November 9, 2014 from noon until 4:00 p.m. at Centennial Park’s band shell, Project 615 and fashionABLE will present Nashvember. Visit for local vendors, live music and plenty of great food from food trucks. Proceeds from this event go to helping orphans in Ethiopia.

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Be sure to visit Cullum and Maxey soon! Whether you need service on your RV, are ready to upgrade or are looking for your first RV, we can help you.

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Nashville and Middle Tennessee Fall Events

The fall event season in Nashville and Middle Tennessee is in full swing. That means it’s time to pack up the RV and head out to enjoy the weekends with artisan crafts, good food and drink, re-enactments, dog shows and more.

Stop by Cullum and Maxey to stock up on RV necessities and to pick up any accessories you may need for fall camping, then head out for some fun.

Music City Bacon and Barrel Festival

The Music City Bacon and Barrel Festival is presented by Nashville Scene at the Nashville Famer’s Market on October 25, 2014. Celebrate hearty food and distilled spirits with 30 of Nashville’s greatest restaurants. Enjoy bacon, barbecue and that stuff that comes from old oak barrels. The Farmer’s Market is located at 900 Eighth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208. Admission is $40. The festival starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m.

Baxter Harvest Festival

The Baxter Harvest Festival will be held in downtown Baxter, Tennessee on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Browse through tons of craft and artisan craft vendors, get some great food, enjoy the antique car and tractor show, and watch the dog show – and much more. The festival starts at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 4:00 p.m. Add 216 Broad Street, Baxter, TN to your GPS – it’s Exit 280 off Interstate 40 eastbound from Nashville.

Community Trick or Treat Event

The Community Trick or Treat Event will be held on October 26, 2014. This event is presented by the Belle Meade Plantation at the Belle Meade Plantation. Be sure to wear a costume and bring your candy bucket. The event is free and gives families a safe place to trick or treat. You’ll visit all of the historic buildings for candy, have fun and games in the carriage house and take a treat walk. Games and trick or treating start and 1:00 p.m. and run through 2:30 p.m. A costume contest will be held at 2:30 p.m. The Belle Meade Plantation is located at 110 Leake Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, 37205.

Be sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey on your way out to enjoy these festivals – you can make a weekend of the events by camping out starting Friday night, attending the festivals on Saturday and Sunday, and then returning home Monday or later.

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