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.

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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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Winterizing Your RV

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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.

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Storage Saving Tips For 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.

Entertainment Area

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.

Storage Areas

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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Tailgating Fun in your RV

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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.

Accessories

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.

Food Ideas

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.

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2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 2390RKS

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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.

Floor Plan

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.

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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.

Boondocking

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.

Interior Features

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.

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New Arrivals at Cullum & Maxey

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.

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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.

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The 2015 Winnebago Tour 42 QD

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.

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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.

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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.

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