The Great Smoky Mountains

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.

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Tennessee Getaway

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.

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How to Choose the Right RV For You

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.

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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.”

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Summer Days in Nashville

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 audience@cmt.com.

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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2014 Winnebago Journey 40U

Whether you are looking for an RV for weekend trips and the occasional week-long vacation or something for full-time RVing, you can’t go wrong with the 2014 Winnebago Journey 40U. This 41-footer sleeps four people and has four slides so there is plenty of room for the family.

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The Journey 40U, available at Cullum and Maxey, features a Cummins diesel engine and is loaded with features. It also has spacious holding tanks: 85 gallons of fresh water, 64 gallons of black water and 95 gallons of gray water. It also holds 28 gallons of propane.

Some features include an exterior entertainment center with a television, compartment tray slideouts, a 100-watt solar panel, an electric fireplace, Sat TV In-Motion and a residential refrigerator package.

The floor plan features a rear queen bedroom with a wardrobe, chest of drawers, location for a television, and additional storage. You can use the additional storage for an optional washer and dryer. The queen bed is a walk-around bed. Each side features a night stand.

As you walk through the hall toward the front of the RV, you pass a private bathroom with vanity on one side and a large shower with a vanity on the other side. The hall opens into the kitchen and dining area, which features a residential fridge, pantry, double sink and three-burner stove.

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The dining area has stand-alone chairs and the table extends. The kitchen counter also extends – both are also contained in a slide. The living area features a pull-out table, euro recliner, gas fireplace and a large L-sofa. The sofa also extends. Entry to the RV is in the cab area.

Additional features include a 40-inch HDTV, Blu-Ray home theater system, Accent rope lighting, Contour tinted windows, LED ceiling lights, MCD solar/blackout roller shades, Corian countertops and decorative backsplash, a microwave/convection oven with a vented range fan, a Corian range and sink covers and a cold water filtration system.

The cab features a 10.4-inch touch screen color monitor, infotainment center, Rand McNally RV GPS, a second monitor, AM/Fm radio, CD/DVD player, SiriusXM satellite radio (subscription not included), phone integration, Bluetooth, rearview camera, sideview camera, adjustable lumbar support, seats that slide, recline and swivel, cruise control, a powered stepwell cover and power mirror with defrost.

For a full list of features, stop by Cullum and Maxey today to walk through this floor plan.

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Ready, Set, RV!

Before you head out on an RV trip, whether it’s for the weekend or for a long road trip, you need to make sure everything is working on the RV. It would completely ruin your trip if you had to spend time trying to get something fixed or if you had to complete the trip with something broken.

Before you head out, stop at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center to have anything technical checked and repaired as necessary. However, before you do that, you can check most systems yourself.

  • Plug the RV into a house outlet to make sure the converter and board are working and that all systems that run on electric are working properly. If your refrigerator runs on propane, battery and electric, be sure it’s set to electric and that it gets cold.
  • Hook the garden hose up to the RV. Make sure the water pump and all faucets are working properly and that there are no leaks in the plumbing. If everything is fine, then put a few gallons of water in the fresh water tank. Check everything again – water pump, leaks and faucets to make sure the system works on the holding tank. Don’t forget to flush the toilet to check that.
  • Turn on the propane. Check the heater, even if you think you won’t need it. Check the stove, oven and the fridge if it runs on propane. If you checked it on the electric, be sure to switch it to propane, then check it after a couple hours to be sure it is holding temperature. Check the freezer, too. Don’t forget about the hot water heater. It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to heat up.
  • Check the air conditioning unit to ensure that it is working and that it gets cold enough. It wouldn’t do to find out your air conditioner is not working while you are sweating on a hot, muggy day after hours of hiking.
  • Check the tires for wear. It is as important to check the tires on a trailer as it is on a motorized coach. The wear pattern should be even and the tread should be well above the tread markers – these are “humps” of rubber in the middle of the tread. If the tread is close to the markers, you’ll want to have Cullum and Maxey check the tires to see if they need replacing. Also, if you notice an uneven wear pattern, bring your RV into our shop so that we can find the problem.

If you find anything wrong with the RV, stop by the service department to have it checked and repaired before you head out on your trip.

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Treat Yourself on the Road

While you’re on the road, you’ll want some sweet treats – especially if you are on the driving part of the road trip – to keep you energized. You can make these treats before you head out or you can make them when you get to your destination.

If you need any accessories for either recipe, be sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey before your trip. If you are in the market for a new RV, pick a floor plan with an oven – though you can make the peach cobbler using an enclosed grill as an oven.

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Easy Peach Cobbler

  • 2 peaches or two cans of canned peaches
  • 2 rolls of pop croissants
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 can of Mountain Dew
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Open the pop croissants. Unroll the dough and separate the croissants. If you are using fresh peaches, peel and pit the fruit, then cut each peach into eight sections. Roll a peach slice in each croissant and place them in a buttered 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Keep them close together – you will fit 16 in the pan.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt the butter. Add the sugar and stir as little as possible, but make sure the sugar and butter are incorporated. Add the vanilla and stir. Pour the mixture over the top of the croissants and peaches.

Pour the Mountain Dew around the edge of the pan. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes. Serve as is or with ice cream.

If you plan on eating this on the road, you can separate the rolls and put them into serving-sized plastic containers. All you need to do is grab one out of the fridge.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Melt Hershey’s milk chocolate. Fill the each section of a deep ice cube tray about ¼ up with the chocolate. Stick a toothpick into each strawberry. Place the berry in the ice cube tray. While holding the toothpick, fill the section the rest of the way with chocolate. Store these in the fridge so they will harden.

While you can leave these out, make sure they are not in the sun and make sure it’s not hot in the RV as they will melt! Cullum and Maxey has everything you need to make your trip more comfortable so be sure to stop by to pick up any accessories you might need.

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Winnebago Tour 42QD

If you are in the market for a luxury RV, Winnebago has the new 2015 Tour 42QD at dealerships now. This Class A diesel sleeps four people – two in the king bedroom and two on the pull-out sofa. This bus is 42 feet, 10 inches long with an interior height of 7 feet – perfect for even those who are taller.

Stop by Cullum and Maxey today to walk through this all-electric floor plan and see for yourself what you could be taking on vacation – or what you could be living in if you’ve decided to go the RV lifestyle route.

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Tank Specifications

The Tour 42QD features large holding tanks: 85 gallons for the fresh water tank, 51 gallons for the black water tank and 71 gallons for the gray water tank. The hot water heater is continuous. The LP fuel capacity is 28 gallons and the diesel fuel capacity is 150 gallons.

Cab Features

Since you might be spending a lot of time driving – whether you are camping for a couple of weeks or you are traveling across the country, you’ll want some great cab conveniences. The 42QD features Flexsteel luxury seats with six-way power, a power footrest for the passenger, heat and massage, manual recline, power lumbar support, adjustable armrest and remote swivel.

The cab also features an infotainment center, GPS, a 10.4-inch touch screen color monitor, a second monitor, AM/FM radio, CD/DVD player, SiriusXM radio, video camera system, cruise control, remote keyless entry and more.

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Interior Features

The interior features an electric fireplace in the living quarters, a 46-inch HDTV in the living quarters, a Blue-Ray Home Theater Sound System, a Dirt Devil central vacuum system, security safe, Contour tinted, dual-glazed, thermo-insulated windows, power roof vents in the galley and bath, solar/blackout roller shades, LED ceiling lights and a washer and dryer.

The galley features Corian countertops and sink covers, a stainless steel microwave/convection oven, a three-burner LP range top with a glass cover, residential stainless steel French door fridge with freezer drawer, water and ice dispenser, and tons more.

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Exterior Features

The exterior features an entertainment center with a 32-inch HDTV, auxiliary docking lamps, two power acrylic patio awnings with motion sensors and LED lights, a KeyOne lock system, lighted storage compartments, a 7-foot folding step ladder, automatic entrance steps, and polished stainless steel on the lower valence doors and panels.

To see all of the features the Winnebago Tour offers, stop by Cullum and Maxey today for a tour of this floor plan.

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Where Will This Summer Take You?

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With mild camping temperatures, longer days and school long forgotten about, there’s no better time to hit the road with your family than summer. Make your camping reservations at one of these great campgrounds around the country, and fire up your RV to get your summer road trip started today.

Palm Springs, California

If you’ve got the “go big or go home” mentality this summer, an unforgettable road trip to Palm Springs could be just what you’re looking for. Stay at the Happy Traveler RV Park and enjoy stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains and access to countless outdoor adventures all within walking distance of gorgeous downtown Palm Springs. And if you’re more interested in nature than the town, the Salton Sea State Recreation Area features over 2,000 campsites with one of the world’s biggest inland seas, 14 miles of shoreline and all of the hiking, fishing, bird-watching, kayaking and all of the outdoor excitement you can dream of.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Many RV enthusiasts avoid the northeast in the winter because of its bitter temperatures, but here’s no denying that summer is the time to check out all of New England’s most beautiful sites, quaint beach towns and historic cities. Camping on Cape Cod and it’s nearby islands can be a great way to take in the New England culture while enjoying the area’s scenic beaches and gorgeous summer climate. Dunes’ Edge Campground is ideal for beach-lovers with unforgettable sunrises, refreshing ocean waters, kayaking, fishing and even whale-watching if you’re lucky. The campground’s convenient location within walking distance to Provincetown makes it ideal for beach-combing as well as enjoying that quaint New England town atmosphere.

Get Your Road Trip RV at Cullum and Maxey

Before you hit the road for your summer road trip, stop by and browse our huge selection of new and used RVs for unbeatable prices here at Cullum and Maxey Camping Center in Nashville. With top-quality brands like Winnebago, Keystone and Forest River always in stock right here in Tennessee, you can be on the road to your brand new RV lifestyle today.

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Summer Fun in Tennessee

Summer is the perfect time to take the RV out for a weekend or longer. You won’t have to deal with the spring rains — instead, you’ll get some near-perfect Tennessee weather. Head out toward Knoxville to spend time visiting the sights.

Before you leave home, make sure to stop by Cullum and Maxey RV to pick up any supplies you might need. If you don’t have an RV yet, but are in the market for one so you can enjoy trips and stay wherever your heart pleases, stop by to tour some of our RV floor plans.

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While in Knoxville, be sure to visit the historic Market Square and downtown for hours of shopping, live music and performances. Take a walk along the Tennessee River for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city – that’s a perfect place to stop for lunch.

You can also plan your trip around certain festivals throughout the year, including Spring and Summer festivals. The International Biscuit Festival and the Dogwood Arts are just two of the festivals that entertain Knoxvillians and tourists. Enjoy daily concerts by WDVX radio while you are in the city.

If you’re a history buff, visit Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for some World War II history and to visit the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. You can also take the Knoxville Civil War Driving tour if you are a civil war buff.

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, located in Vonore, will teach you about the creator of the written language for the Cherokee people. Head over to Sweetwater, Tennessee, to visit the Lost Sea. Stop by the Norris Dam State Park to explore the outdoors and see the original way of life. Before you leave the area, stop by Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams and Bacon to bring home some delicious treats.

We have several types of RVs, so you’re sure to find something that is perfect for you. Walk through any of the floor plans available at Cullum and Maxey RV, including Class A gas or diesel models, Class C models, fifth wheels, travel trailers or toy haulers. Toy haulers come in fifth wheel or travel trailer models and are perfect for the family who likes to bring their ATVs, side-by-sides, motorcycles, or kayaks along with them.

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