Take Your RV Through the Smoky Mountains This Spring!

Spring is one of the best times to go RVing and with spring break coming up, you have enough time to take a relaxing trip to the Smoky Mountains. Because this is a popular time to go camping, it’s probably a good idea to call ahead for reservations; although some area have many RV campgrounds if you want to take a chance.

Cherokee, North Carolina

The Adventure Trail Campground features 20 acres of relaxing beauty and is family friendly. Cherokee also has Yogi in the Smokies Campground. This RV campground features 200 sites, a camp store, full hookups, swimming, showers and laundry. Yogi in the Smokies is also family friendly and welcome children.

Franklin, North Carolina

Country Woods RV Park features 72 large wooded sites for RV over 13 acres. Sites feature full hookups, cable television, mountain views, walking paths and a clean bathhouse. Cullasaja River RV Park features 90 full hookup sites and WiFi. Great Smoky Mountain Fish Camp and Safaris features guided fishing trips, canoe rentals, guided hikes, mountain bike rentals and more.


Visit Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort if you are bringing your bike with you. This area features the famous Dragon’s Tail with 318 curves in 11 miles. The area features a campground, pub and grill, store and more.


The Holly Cove RV Resort features 50 shaded oversized site with hookups, including satellite television. The sites are large enough to accommodate double slide outs.


Moonshine Creek Campground features secluded camping at 3,500 feet for RV and tents. The campground features WiFi, heated clean bathhouses and more. Pride RV Resort features 14 acres of camping on a creek, a heated pool, mini-golf, spa, rec room, playground and pavilion.


The River Vista RV Resort features an indoor pool, outdoor pool, playground, a large community building, and a majestic waterfall.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Before you get ready to go, be sure everything is working fine on your RV. Make an appointment with our service department at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center if you need help de-winterizing the RV. If you don’t have an RV and think spending spring break in the Smoky Mountains sounds like fun, visit our RV showroom to walk through the many floor plans we have available.


Sweeten Up Your St. Patrick’s Day!

If you are on the road in your RV for St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll want some great, easy-to-make desserts to help celebrate the holiday. If you haven’t left yet, be sure you have the ingredients packed; and if you are already on the road, you’ll be able to find everything in just about any nearby grocery store.

Chocolate Mint Fudge

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (12-ounce bag)
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 6 ounce white candy coating
  • 2 to 3 tsp. Peppermint extract
  • 3 drops food coloring

Melt the chocolate chips with 1 cup of milk in a heavy saucepan. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Spread half of the mixture into a wax paper-lined 8-inch square pan. You can also line the pan with foil and grease the foil with butter. Chill the mixture for 10 minutes or until it’s firm.

Stir the candy coating and the remaining milk over low heat in heavy saucepan until the mixture is smooth and the coating has melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the peppermint extract and the food coloring. Spread this mixture over the cooled bottom layer. Chill for 10 minutes or until the peppermint layer is firm.

Warm up the rest of the chocolate mixture so that you can easily spread it. Spread it over the mint layer. Chill the candy for two hours or until it’s firm. Remove the candy from the pan and cut it into 1-inch squares.

St. Patrick’s Day Parfaits

  • 1 3-ounce box of Jell-O instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 kiwi fruits, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Whipped topping
  • 3 drops of green food coloring
  • Green coarse sugar for garnish

Prepare the pudding as directed on the box. Chill it until it’s set. Tint the whipped topping with the food coloring. Layer the pudding, kiwi and green-tinted whipped topping in dessert glasses. Top the dessert with a dollop of whipped topping. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the last layer of whipped topping.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any accessories and parts you may need for your upcoming trip.


There’s No Other Way to Take a Journey

If you are ready to give up stationary life or if you are just planning on taking many short trips, stop by our showroom to take a test ride in the 2016 Winnebago Journey 36M. This model features three slides and sleeps up to four people. This 36-footer has plenty of room for a couple or a family with two kids.

The Floor Plan

Then entry is by the front passenger seat and features automatic steps. When you first step into the RV, you’ll be in the cab area, which features two swivel captain’s chairs. Overhead, you’ll find a location for an optional television. As you walk between the seats and face the rear, you’ll find the front living area, which features a 60-inch by 75-inch Rest Easy sofa to your right. And, to your left, you’ll find a 48-inch by 52-inch sofa bed.

As you move toward the rear of the Winnebago Journey, you’ll see the dining area. On your right, you’ll find a Glide and Dine dining table and chairs, along with a buffet. On the left, you’ll find the galley, which features a three-burner stove, pullout counter with storage, a double sink, microwave and stainless steel residential fridge.

When you pass through the galley area, you’ll find a storage closet on the left, which could house a washer and dryer. On the right, you’ll find the bathroom, which features a foot-flush toilet, vanity and a large shower. A bi-fold door separates the rear bedroom from the rest of the coach.

The bedroom features a wardrobe, which is contained in a slide, a chest of drawers, also contained in a slide, an entertainment center with an optional fireplace, a 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed and overhead cabinets. You could also opt for a power sliding 72-inch by 80-inch king bed. The bedroom also features two nightstands.

Visit Cullum & Maxey Camping Center

Stop by Cullum & Maxey Camping Center to take a test ride in the 2016 Winnebago Journey 36M and learn more about this model’s features, including dimensions, capacities and the materials used in the interior.


The 2016 Winnebago Winnie Drop WD 1780

If you are looking for a travel trailer that is small enough so that it can be towed by a lighter truck, yet is large enough to comfortably sleep up to four people, visit our showroom to walk through the 2016 Winnebago Winnie Drop WD 1780. This 17-foot travel trailer features a slide so that you have more room in the center, between the rear bed and the front dinette.

The Floor Plan

When you first walk in the Winnie Drop WD 1780 and look to the right, you’ll see the large 58-inch by 76-inch dinette. This dinette folds down into a bed that is big enough for two adults. Directly to your right, you’ll find an entertainment center with shelves. Netting holds everything on the shelves while you are moving.

Across from the door, you’ll find the microwave, fridge, a two-burner stove and a sink. The kitchen area is contained in a slide so that you have more space between it and the bathroom. The kitchen area also features overhead cabinets and cabinets under the sink and stove. Across from the kitchen, you’ll find a wet bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink. The bathroom also features a vent and a fan.

The rear of the WD 1780 features a large 60-inch by 74-inch bed with under bed storage. This model also features basement pass-through storage and a spot for an LP gas tank on the front hitch. The windows feature mini blinds and decorative window treatments. This model also features a roof air conditioning unit to keep you cool in the hot summers.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the 2016 Winnebago Winnie Drop WD 1780 and to learn more about this model’s features.


DIY RV Projects

You’ll find many DIY projects to make your RV unique to your family; and many of them will make camping or RVing more enjoyable. When you can make more room for storage or add some hand made decorations, your RV really becomes your second home.

Sliding Storage

Pass through storage is great, especially when you have a ton of stuff to pack in there, but reaching into the middle can be a chore sometimes. To make life easier, add a deep slide out cargo tray to the pass through storage. You’ll be able to pull the slide out so you can reach everything.

Office Space

If you have a bunk house but no longer use the bunk house because the kids are grown and gone, add a desk in the area. You’ll have a quiet space to use the computer for fun; or if you work while you travel the country, you’ll have a quiet place to work.

Even if you don’t have a bunk house, but have extra bunks in the rear of the RV, you can convert the bottom bunk into an office space. Whether you leave the bunk in place and build a raised platform to fashion a desk or you remove the bottom bunk to make room for a desk, you’ll have a great place to work.


If you can’t find any great decorations for your RV and you like the rustic look, make your own wood pictures, frames or clocks. You can purchase clock workings from any craft store, or even complete clock kits with numbers. Use a couple pieces of scrap wood to add a saying or a picture to with Hodge Podge or wood burning. You could even make customized picture frames to make the RV more rustic.

Visit Cullum & Maxey

Stop by Cullum & Maxey to walk through our many floor plans to pick the right RV for your family. Accessorize it by stopping at our warehouse to pick up anything you might need to make the RV yours. And, if you already have an RV and are not ready for something new just yet, be sure to give our RV service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.


National Park Staycation!

If you want to take a staycation, you can still have a lot of fun in Tennessee. Visit some of the national parks around the area. If you don’t mind a 6- to 7-hour drive, you could even head over to the Smoky Mountains. And, there are plenty of parks that are closer.

National Parks in Tennessee

Greenville is the site of the Andrew Jackson national historic site. This is for more of a day trip instead of an RV trip. Visit the site and the National Cemetery.

Appalachian Trail

Whether you just want to “touch” the mountains, or travel a bit, the Appalachian national scenic trail is 2,180 miles long and runs from Maine to Georgia. You can get on the trail near Chattanooga and there are many campgrounds along the trail.

Big South Fork

Big South Fork is located on the Cumberland Plateau and covers 125,000 acres. The national river and recreation area contains the Big South Fork National River and the Cumberland River. Enjoy scenic gorges, historic features, sandstone bluffs and more.

Cumberland Gap

The Cumberland Gap is the first gateway to the west. The Native Americans, buffalo, pioneer and the long hunter traveled on this route through the mountains into Kentucky. The park features miles of scenic features and trails.

Great Smoky Mountains

Head over to the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee to camp in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Be sure your camera has plenty of battery life as you’ll need to it to capture the diverse animal and plant life.

Obed Wild and Scenic River

Wartburg is the site of the Obed Wild and Scenic River along the Cumberland Plateau. Enjoy camping and fishing in this area. The Obed looks much like it did in the late 1700s because of the poor farming soil.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Before you head out on your Tennessee staycation, be sure to have your RV serviced for the season at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center. If you don’t have an RV and want to see parts of the state you haven’t seen before, stop by our RV showroom to pick out a new RV.


Visit Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in Your RV

Ober Gatlinburg is the premier skiing and snow sport destination in Tennessee. Located near the town of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ober Gatlinburg offers visitors unparalleled skiing, shopping, and dining.

The only ski resort in Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg has eight ski trails, three chair lifts, a wildlife encounter area (which may include animals such as river otters, flying squirrels, and raccoons). Founded in 1962, the resort also hosts an outdoor shopping center, a skating rink, a full service lounge, restaurants, snack bars, and an amusement park.

Enjoy Your Favorite Winter Activities

Whether you’re a ski enthusiast, a snowboarder, or an ice skater, Ober Gatlinburg has something for everyone. Even if you’re just looking to get away into the mountains, you can still enjoy the amenities, such as upscale shopping and great food.

Location and Stats

Ober Gatlinburg is located at 1339 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN.

Its top elevation is 3300 feet and its base elevation is 2700 feet. Snowfall is 30 inches.

Where Can I Setup my RV?

The area around the resort hosts several RV parks. For those making a day stop at the resort (or for those who would rather seek onsite accommodation), parking an RV is permitted.

Ober Gatlinburg is connected to downtown Gatlinburg via aerial tram, so visitors can also base themselves out of the nearby town rather than the resort.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Before you head up into the mountains, visit the showroom at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the various floor plans so you can choose your new RV for your winter skiing trip. Whether you are upgrading or buying your first RV, we’ll help you decide which model is best for you and the adventures you have in mind. Choose from motorized RVs, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and more!


The 2016 Winnebago Tour

If you are in the market for an RV to travel around the country, tour the 2016 Winnebago Tour 42QD. This 42-foot model features three slides so it has plenty of room to move around and not go stir crazy. This Class A diesel is powered by a Cummins 450 engine so it has plenty of power to tow a vehicle behind it.

The 42QD Floor Plan

The entry is in the cab on the passenger side. Once you walk in, you’ll immediately see the two captain’s chairs for the driver and front passenger. These comfortable chairs swivel around when you’re not driving so you have extra seating for the living area. Directly behind the cab, you’ll find a fireplace, television, a pull-out/flip-up table, a recliner and a 60-inch by 75-inch expandable sectional sofa.

Just behind the living room, you’ll find a free-standing dinette with a buffet and four chairs, and a full kitchen with tons of storage and a pull-out counter. The kitchen features a large residential refrigerator with water and ice in the door and a double sink. Additional features include tons of cabinets, a microwave oven and an oven under the flat top cooktop.

The area behind the dinette contains a the residential fridge and a pantry. Just behind the kitchen, you’ll find a half bath with a toilet and sink. Walk through the sliding door into the master suite to find two wardrobes, space for a television, two nightstands and a king-size bed.

The rear bathroom features a toilet, large shower, large linen closet, washer and dryer, and a sink. Since the bathroom is in the rear, it has plenty of space so you won’t feel cramped. Options include a euro recliner instead of a recliner and two ottomans for the sofa.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

If you are ready to purchase your next second home, stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the 2016 Winnebago Tour 42QD and to take it for a test ride. You’ll learn more about this model’s features including the plumping and electrical features, holding tank features and about the premium materials used in creating this home away from home.


January Events in Nashville

While it might be a tad early to get the RV ready for spring travel, those in the market for their first RV or who want to upgrade their RV this season should stop by our showroom to walk through the many floor plans we have available. And if you are planning an RV trip this January, be sure everything in the RV is working properly. Don’t assume that because it worked last season that it is still working – give the RV a test run by powering everything up. Meanwhile, Nashville has tons of events in January that you can attend to make the time until your first trip go by faster.

Nashville Flea Market

Visit the Nashville Flea Market through January 24, 2016 at the Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Avenue. Whether you want to pick up something for yourself, start working on gifts for next year or an upcoming birthday, or just want something to do, you’ll have a great time browsing through the various booths.

Robyn Hitchcock and Friends with Emma Swift

You have two chances to catch Robyn Hitchcock at The Basement East, 917 Woodland Street, Nashville. Admission is $5 for either night – Wednesday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. And you’ll never know who else might show up to this show. Enjoy original music and covers. Emma Swift opens for these two shows.

Comedy Night

Every Monday at Bobby’s Idle Hour, 1028 16th Avenue South in Nashville, catch Chad Riden’s open mic comedy show. Sign-up is at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Make sure you practice your jokes! And since Bobby’s Idle Hour is on Music Row, you never know who you’ll run into.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Now is the time to visit the showroom at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to walk through the various floor plans so you can choose your new RV. Whether you are upgrading or buying your first RV, we’ll help you decide which model is best for you. Choose from motorized RVs, travel trailers, fifth wheels and more.


Gifts for Your RV

Even if you are not using your RV now, this is a great time to pick up some gifts for your RV so that you are ready to hit the road in the spring. And, if you do use your RV during the colder months, these will come in handy no matter where you camp. Stop by our parts warehouse to pick up accessories that you may want or need for your next trip.

RV Cover

Keep your RV from getting green mold on it by keeping it covered. An RV cover also protects the RV from the sun and from whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at it including rain, snow, sticks, hail and more.

Awning Mat

Pick up an awning mat so that you can walk out of your RV onto something comfortable. The awning mat also helps you track less dirt inside when you are parked in an area that doesn’t have grass or clean concrete.

Stainless Steel Percolator

If you’re old enough, you might remember your parents making coffee in one of these, or you may have used one for coffee. A percolator is great because it works on gas or electric stoves; and you could also make coffee outside over the fire.

Carpet Shield

Clear carpet shields come in handy when you’re camping in an area that has mud or snow. You’ll protect your carpets from ground in mud or salt-laden snow and slush, thus making your floors easier to clean.

Step Rugs

Pick up some wrap-around step rugs for the outside steps so you don’t track in a bunch of dirt or dirty snow. You can easily rinse these out when they get too dirty – or you can vacuum them if the dirt is dry. They’ll also prevent you from slipping on the steps when they are wet or icy.

Visit Cullum and Maxey Camping Center

Stop by Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to pick up any RV accessories you may need. If you don’t have an RV and think camping out, especially for special events, sounds like fun, stop by our showroom to walk through our many floor plans.