Making Money While RVing Full-Time

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Starting your RV lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to be a retiree or a lottery winner. Many RV travelers continue to earn a living while they’re on the road, so they can stay on the road for long amounts of time without having to return to a nine-to-five job.

There are a number of jobs you can do on the go, ranging from working online to finding jobs at your travel destinations. These are just a few of the ways you can continue your RV lifestyle without giving up your income too.

Freelancing

Are you great at web design, journalism, tutoring or photography? There are many ways for travelers to start up their own freelance businesses on the go. Find a skill at which you excel, and make connections through Facebook groups and other social media outlets to help find gigs in the area you’re visiting. Freelance writing jobs are also relatively easy to find online if you have excellent writing skills.

Find Seasonal Work

If you’re an RV traveler who stays in one place for a period of time, you have more options when it comes to finding work at your destination. Search for seasonal jobs in the area you’ll be traveling, and you may find that local farms need a helping hand picking fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Start a Blog

Blogging about your travels can be a great way to earn extra money through advertisements, endorsements and other venues. If you have a special niche, such as an expertise on RV travel with kids or living off the grid, you can acquire a following and make money through your blog. Creating a popular blog takes time, effort and a good internet connection, but it can be a fun and rewarding way to work on the road in the end.

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Stargazing this Summer in North Dakota

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Warm temperatures and sunny skies make summer one of the best times to be outside. However, some of the best summer fun comes after the sun sets. Stargazing is one of the top ways to get outdoors at night this time of year, and with so many parks and perfect stargazing locations throughout North Dakota and the country, you’re probably closer to one than you think.

The following are a few stargazing tips from astronomers, so you can make the most of your time outdoors this camping season.

Go Higher

You don’t have to live in the middle of nowhere to stargaze. Even those who live in cities can spot stars, constellations and the Milky Way galaxy from the correct location. Simply go to the highest point possible to get above the light pollution. At the campground, it may pay to go for a short hike to escape light pollution from fellow RVs and campers.

Use Binoculars

There’s no need to go out and purchase a telescope as an amateur stargazer. Instead, opt for an affordable but quality set of binoculars. These can help you view craters, the moon and planets more closely without have to purchase and travel with a bulky telescope.

Use a Star Chart

A star chart is one of the best ways to understand the skies. While smartphone applications also work well, the phone’s white light can hinder your eyes’ ability to adjust to the darkness. A star chart also doesn’t require cell phone service or a battery, so you can use it when your phone is not available.

Follow Astronomers on Social Media

Following astronomers on Facebook and Twitter keeps means you stay informed about specials events that are happening in the sky. They also offer tips for using telescopes, accessing observatories and finding the best places to stargaze.

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There’s no better way to travel to all of North Dakota’s and the country’s best stargazing locations than in the comfort and convenience of your RV. Stop in and see us at Capital RV Center to find the RV of your dreams today.

A Crock Pot Recipe for Your RV Road Trip

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Try this chicken the next time you’re stopped at an RV park. This recipe will make plain old chicken legs burst with savory flavor.

Sticky-Sweet Bacon-Glazed Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 large chicken legs, bone in, skin on
  • 1/2 cup ginger honey
  • 1/8 cup molasses
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

For the glaze:

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Directions

  1. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a pot, combine ginger honey, molasses, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and sriracha.
  3. Bring to a boil. Add the cornstarch and water slurry (the sauce will thicken), then remove off the heat.
  4. Line the slow cooker with parchment paper for easy cleanup and to avoid sticking.
  5. In a bowl, season the chicken legs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  6. Add the legs to the slow cooker bowl along with the glaze you just made, add 1/2 cup of water and cook on high for 3 hours.
  7. Glaze in a pan, cook the bacon until it is crisp, then remove to a paper-towel-lined plate and let cool. If you didn’t chop it, crumble it now. Set aside.
  8. Drain the grease. Add the honey & Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Let bubble over medium heat. Once it is bubbly, add in the chopped bacon.
  10. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until it has thickened lightly, then remove from heat. Set aside
  11. When 3 hours is up, add this sauce to your chicken in the crockpot. Cook for an additional hour.
  12. After cook time is complete, remove the legs and place them on a baking sheet.
  13. Take the sauce from the crock pot bowl and put into a smaller container. Using this sauce, baste the legs liberally all over.
  14. Broil the legs in the oven until they begin to caramelize.
  15. Bring the sheet out and turn the legs over, then liberally brush the legs again with the sauce.
  16. Broil again for a few minutes or until the legs begin to caramelize.
  17. If there is remaining sauce left, feel free to use as a dipping sauce.

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Stop by Capital RV Center this summer before you hit the road for any road trips. Whether you need to get your rig checked over for the journey or you want to purchase a new or used RV for your trip, Capital RV Center can help.

Visit Banff National Park this Summer

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RV travel is about exploring new places and undertaking new adventures, and one of the most majestic countries in the world is just a border away. Canada is packed with scenic parks, bustling cities and some of the best sites in the world for RV travelers. And one of the country’s most famed sites is the historic Banff National Park in Alberta — an outdoor wonderland that is also Canada’s oldest national park.

About Banff National Park

Although Banff’s claim to fame may be its age (it was established back in 1885), its most incredible features are far beyond its years. Banff spans roughly 2,564 square miles in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is one of the most scenic national parks in the entire world. It is home to mountains, valleys, glaciers, meadows, rivers, forests, and the famous, aquamarine-colored Lake Louise.

Outdoor Adventures Await

Because of Banff National Park’s diverse natural surroundings, it’s ideal for outdoor adventures of all kinds in all seasons. The warmer months are ideal for backpacking, mountain biking, bird watching, boating, canoeing, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving, and snapping photos of the park’s endless wonders.

Winter offers just as many outdoor adventures as the warmer months with ice skating, ice diving, skiing, snowboarding, ski touring, snowshoeing, waterfall ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and even cozy hot springs to dip into on a cool Canadian day.

Parking Your RV at Banff

Banff National Park is home to roughly 16 campsites ranging from primitive setups to un-serviced sites with washrooms and full electrical sites. There is a dump station at the park that’s available for an $8.80 fee, and campers must purchase a new fire permit each day. Electrical sites are available on the breathtaking Lake Louise and at Tunnel Mountain.

And don’t forget to call the park ahead of time to ensure there is a space reserved for your RV at the campsite you desire.

Start Your Summer RV Adventures Capital RV Center

Banff National Park is a destination that should be on every RV enthusiast’s bucket list. And there’s no better place to get the perfect RV for your summer excursion to Canada than Capital RV Center. Log onto our website or stop by today to choose the perfect motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or pop-up for your fall adventures.

Travel Friendly Flowers and Plants

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If you live in your RV as you travel the country, you can still have a garden, even though you are not in one place more than a few days. You can have several types of containers from decorative pots to window boxes and a bumper box to a hanging garden.

Flowers to Grow

Some herbs have pretty flowers. Grow herbs, taking what you need from part of the plants, and let the others flower. For plain flowers, grow a pot of day lilies, ice plants, flowering shrubs that like to be pruned or even certain types of roses.

Choosing the Right Flowers

Keep in mind that some plants don’t do well outside in northern climates. If you don’t have room in the RV for plants that are not evergreen and you don’t head south for the winter months, you might want to skip those plants. If you do travel to warmer climates during the cold months, then tropical plants and other plants that prefer warm climates will do well since you’ll be able to put them outside in January without worrying about them freezing.

Types of Planters

Build a planter that fits over the bumper for a long garden. If you make two that fit end to end, they’ll be easier to move and store. Keeping this one rather shallow also makes it easier to move. You can use a shallow box to grow strawberries and herbs.

Use flower pots to grow flowers and vegetables that require more room for the roots. And, use an over-the-door canvas shoe holder to grow herbs. You can hang it inside while traveling and move it outside to water the hanging garden or to let it get plenty of sun.

Vegetables to Grow

Grow fresh strawberries in a planter that needs to be relatively shallow. You’ll have fresh strawberries through the spring and early summer. You could even grow enough to make a small batch of strawberry jam or preserves.

Grow tomatoes in medium sized flower pots. Make sure the pot is wide enough to support a tomato cage. You can also grow radishes and potatoes in pots. Other vegetables that do well in pots include lettuce, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and beans that don’t vine.

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If you are in the area and you need accessories or service, stop by to browse through our store or give our RV service department a call to schedule an appointment. If you’re in the market for an RV, stop by our showroom at Capital RV Center to walk through the many floor plans we have available.

Fish House Frenzy!

It’s a fish house frenzy at Capital RV Centers. Our entire selection of new fish houses are on sale for $13,900 or less with payments under $150 a month for qualified buyers. These are the perfect vehicles for fishing trips, especially later in the year when they can be used for ice fishing. Check out some of the models we have available and then come in and see them for yourself.

2016 Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf 16GR – New – $22,011 $13,900

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Your entire family will want to go ice fishing when you own the 2016 Grey Wolf Fish House. Travelers enjoy safety glass windows, large storage doors, a monitor panel, large overhead cabinets, residential-style appliances, a convertible dinette, a full dry bath, rod storage, eight ice holes, a sofa sleeper, cedar walls and everything you need to stay warm and comfortable while enjoying time on the ice.

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The 2016 Cherokee Grey Wolf Fish House is built to last with a durable aluminum skin, v-front construction, a powder-coated rust-resistant frame, 5/8-inch tongue-and-groove plywood floor, 12-inch on average side wall studs, galvanized steel high wind bands, a front stone guard and a long list of other rugged exterior touches.

2016 Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf 14NB – New – $14,995 $10,947

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For those who want something simpler, the 14NB is perfect for you. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t for fishing. Utilitarian yet comfortable, the sturdy and functional 14NB gets the job done.

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Stop by Capital RV Center today to check out our fish houses or any other RV style you’re interested in. Tour your favorites and leave with a new RV you can take on your next fishing trip or road trip.

Easter Dishes You Can Make in Your RV

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Holiday weekends are best spent in your RV. But cooking an elaborate Easter dinner in your RV may same like a difficult feat. These Easter recipes are easy to make in your compact RV kitchen, but they’re guaranteed to make everyone ask for seconds.

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 russet potatoes (sliced)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Butter a 1-quart casserole dish.
  3. Place half of the potatoes at the bottom of the casserole dish, then layer the onion slices on top.
  4. Place the remaining potatoes on top and season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Stir the flour and salt into the saucepan and whisk for one minute. Stir in the milk and cook until the mixture thickens.
  7. Stir in the cheese until it is fully melted.
  8. Pour the cheese mixture over your potatoes, and cover the casserole dish with tin foil.
  9. Bake for 1.5 hours, and enjoy.

Sweet and Savory Ham

What you need:

  • 2 cups honey
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 ready-to-eat ham (5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Score the ham and insert the whole cloves into the cuts.
  3. Place the ham in a tin foil lined baking pan.
  4. Use a double boiler to heat the honey, syrup and butter into a glaze.
  5. Brush the glaze onto the ham, then bake the ham for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  6. Keep the remainder of the glaze warm and baste your ham with it every 15 minutes.
  7. Turn on the broiler to caramelize the glaze for the final 5 minutes of cooking.

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Before you hit the road for the Easter holiday, bring your RV by Capital RV Center. Our certified technicians will ensure your RV is ready for another camping season.

Tips for DIY Renovations in Your RV

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Even if you find the perfect RV at Capital RV Center, you may still dislike a few things about its interior space, especially if you bought a pre-owned RV that’s in need of some modern updates. If you’ve got a DIY streak, check out these tips before you proceed with your renovation project.

Redoing Your Walls

Nothing is quite as cost-effective at transforming a space than painting. If you’ve got dated wallpaper or a paint color you just don’t like, redoing the wall in an RV isn’t dissimilar to painting your walls at home. Just make sure that the walls of your RV are clean and free of particles, then apply a latex based paint. If an area sees high use, like around the entry or next to the dining table, use a satin or semi-gloss finish paint, which wipes cleaner. If you are painting over wallpaper, there’s no need to remove it. In fact, it might actually make your painting job more difficult. Just make sure that all the edges are glued down and flat, prime the wall with some good primer, and apply at least two coats of paint. You’ll never know the difference!

Upgrade Your Windows

RV wall space possesses a decent amount of windows depending on your model. While there’s the functional blinds, there’s also the curtains, which give you all sorts of customization options in terms of color, patterns, and texture. And even those functional blinds can be pretty, as some blinds are built for aesthetic purposes as much as sun-blocking. If you want to get extra DIY, make your own curtains with a fabric of your choice.

Change Up Your Flooring

A relatively major project to take on, but sometimes your floors need an update. Maybe you’re tired of that carpet and want some wood, or maybe that tile is cold on your feet and you’d prefer some new carpeting. Whatever the case, the best materials to use for an RV are laminate wood flooring, linoleum, peel and stick vinyl, and carpeting.

If you don’t want to take on reflooring, you can just add some throw rugs instead. These help to add color and patterns to your interior and can be easily changed out.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re ready to upgrade your entire RV, there’s no way to DIY it unless you can manufacture one from scratch! Stop by Capital RV Center to tour a new RV and see what a 2017 model has to offer. If you’re still enjoying your current RV, but it needs some technical attention, schedule service with a technician at Capital RV Center today!

Experience One of the World’s Most Unique Festivals in North Dakota

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Taylor, North Dakota, is a small town (only 148 some folk call it home), but it plays host to perhaps one of the world’s most unique festivals each year in July. The Taylor Horse Fest is all about celebrating the horse and its special connection to those who work the land. The festival also celebrates the legacy and important role that horses have played in North Dakota and their place in history as a whole beyond the state.

Celebrated over the course of two days, the main attraction is the main street parade where both locals and visitors showcase their horses and their horse-drawn vehicles, from coaches and buggies to wagons and trailers. Riders both big and small, young and old ride horses down the street and the variety is enough to satisfy any horse lover. Besides horses, you’ll also spot the occasional donkey or mule.

Festival goers can also enjoy roadside vendor stalls, horse-related demonstrations, see a live blacksmith at work, and catch some live entertainment. There are plenty of food stalls out if you get hungry and souvenir stalls if you want a memento.

After the parade, you can head out to local fields to see practical demonstrations of how horses help people. You can watch horses help plow a field, harvest hay and transport it, and other tasks that would have been impossible without them before mechanized machinery.

There are also horse training seminars, old farm equipment exhibits, a pie social, and kid activities (like a petting zoo and amateur roping).

The festival is set to take place on July 29th and 30th this year.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop by Capital RV Center before you visit Taylor for the Horse Fest or any other summer trips you plan to take this year. We can help make sure that your rig is in good shape for travel and that you don’t encounter mechanical issues.

No-Mess Breakfast Bread Bowls

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This is a fantastic recipe for a number of reasons. It’s easy to make, it doesn’t make a big mess to prepare, it’s customizable (you can add pretty much anything to it), it can be made ahead of time (handy if you need to feed lots of people), and it can be eaten pretty much anywhere, whether at a picnic table or while on a hike deep in the woods. They’re also filling and delicious to boot.

No-Mess Breakfast Bread Bowls

Ingredients

  • 4 bread rolls (soft or crusty)
  • 4 small slices of ham, or 2 big ones cut in half
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Cut the tops off the bread rolls.
  3. Scoop out the center and reserve. To be neat, use a small knife to cut a round outline before scooping out the center.
  4. Line the bread bowl with a layer of ham. Try to use one whole piece if you can because then there is less chance of egg seeping through and being soaked up by the bread.
  5. Crack in an egg.
  6. Top each with 2 tbsp of mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of parsley (optional).
  7. Put the top back on each roll. Wrap with foil and place in oven to bake for ~15 to 25 minutes. Take a peek at 15 minutes to check them. 15 minutes = runny yolks. 20 minutes = firm just cooked yolks. 25 minutes + = very cooked yolks.
  8. Remove from oven, unwrap and serve immediately.

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Stop by Capital RV Center to tour a new or used RV and to find the one that’s right for you. If you’ve already got an RV, but need it checked, contact the service department at Capital RV Center to schedule time with a technician.