Visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

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One of North Dakota’s best state parks, Fort Abraham Lincoln combines outdoor recreation with history. Rich in both military and early Native American history, the fort was once an important infantry and cavalry post. In fact, Fort Abraham Lincoln is where Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry camped and supplied before their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at Little Big Horn. Portions of the fort, including the Custer House, have been painstakingly reconstructed.

If you’re interested in early Native American life, there’s the On-a-Slant Indian village with reconstructed earth-lodges that depict the lifestyle of the Mandan Indian tribe, who occupied the site between 1575 to 1781.

A modern campground is located in a scenic wooded area adjacent to the Heart River with picnic sites and playground equipment. Walking along the gently sloping hills, visitors have a panoramic vista of the Missouri River from the park’s nature and historic trails. Amenities include water and electrical hookups, an RV dump station, showers, cabins, a coffee shop, visitor center, historic buildings, interpretive tours, and horse corrals.

Nearby attractions that you can explore include the state capitol, North Dakota Heritage Center, Fort Rice and Huff Indian State Historic Sites, Raging Rivers Water Park, Standing Rock National Native American Scenic Byway, and Old Red Trail Scenic Byway, to name a few.

Visit Capital RV Centers

Don’t hit the road until you’ve stopped by Capital RV Centers. The service department at Capital RV Centers, with locations in Bismarck and Minot, are standing by to help make sure that your RV is in good traveling condition. If it’s time to shop for your next RV, come by and tour the units in our inventory and find the one that’s perfect for you.

Spring Break Destinations in the South

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Warm weather, beaches, and southern hospitality are the makings of an incredible spring vacation. Fire up your RV and cruise to one of these three awesome destinations in the south, and you’re guaranteed a spring break your family will never forget.

Charleston, South Carolina

When you’re looking for a southern beach vacation that offers far more than sand and waves, Charleston should be on your list. This historic city by the sea offers a vibrant downtown scene with historic houses, award-winning restaurants, shopping to fit every taste, and a nightlife that’s tough to beat. And for those days you want to spend soaking in the sun, nearby Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach offer sand, the sea, and a fun beach atmosphere.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach has grown from a small Florida beach town to a hot warm-weather destination, but it hasn’t lost its charm. Cocoa is the perfect family destination with the excitement of gorgeous beaches, easy access to Cape Canaveral, deep sea fishing, eco-tour adventures, waterfront dining, a vibrant nightlife scene, and so much more. Even better, the weather is warm year-round in the Cocoa Beach area, so you can head there in February, March, or April and practically be guaranteed comfortable spring break temperatures.

Tybee Island, Georgia

The south is full of fun coastal destinations, but Tybee Island is one that every RV travelers should visit at least once. The island’s close proximity to Savannah puts city life within reach, but if you want an isolated beach vacation, you can have that too. Enjoy water sports, dolphin tours, cute beach shops, tasty restaurants, the Tybee Lighthouse, amazing fishing, and countless other adventures at one of the East Coast’s favorite beaches.

Start Your Adventure at Capital RV Center

There’s no better way to start the best spring break ever than with a new RV from Capital RV Center. Before you head south for spring break, be sure to stop by Capital RV Center to make sure that your RV is road ready.

Improving Your Sense of Direction on the Road

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While some folks are born with a compass seemingly integrated into their heads, the rest of us can get turned around pretty fast, especially in unfamiliar territory. Improving your sense of direction isn’t an impossible task, however. There are exercises you can do to get better at finding your way even in places you’ve never seen before. Pretty handy trick for an RVer such as yourself.

Don’t Depend on Your GPS Navigator as Much

It can be hard to stop using such a useful tool, but if you want to foster a better sense of direction and navigation, you’ve got to stop using your GPS as a crutch. While there’s no reason to chuck it out of your RV (you should certainly keep it around to use if you’re in a bind and totally lost), just don’t use it immediately. Give navigating without it a shot. Buy a good road atlas (they still sell them at bookstores and travel centers) that’s current and has major road systems across the United States included, and use that as your guide. It may take a bit longer and you may miss your exit here and there, but that’s just the price you’ve got to pay to learn how to find your way around. Besides which, some of the best adventures start when you get off the beaten track by accident. You never know what wacky roadside attraction you might have missed otherwise.

Don’t Drive on Autopilot: Engage with Your Surroundings

It’s a simple thing to get into the driver “zone” where you’re merely focused on staying in your lane, maintaining speed, and getting to where you’re going. But “active” driving is the way to go if you want to improve your wherewithal with regards to knowing your location. Try to connect to the world outside your windshield. Take note of landmarks and not just mountains or towns, but strange signs (like a giant donut) or historical markers. Try talking to your fellow travelers as you go. A conversation about what you’re seeing is going to stick in your head longer. Verbalizing really helps to solidify memory. Finally, don’t be afraid to stop in the side of the road and soak in scenery if you see a pretty landscape. Getting out and walking the earth helps to connect you to the world around you rather than just seeing it zoom past as you hurtle down the highway.

Test Your Internal Compass

Your compass may not be fine-tuned immediately, but that’s okay. It takes practice. Try buying a physical compass (or using a smartphone app) and putting it in the glove box of your RV. Then, throughout the day, test yourself by determining which way is north as quickly and as confidently as you can. After you’ve decided which way is north, check your determination against the compass and see how close you were to being accurate. Eventually, you won’t need that compass as much and you’ll be able to tell the direction with less and less information present.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop by Capital RV Center before you hit the road on your next adventure. Whether you need to shop for your next RV or simply need to schedule some service on your rig to make sure that it’s good to travel, Capital RV Center can help.

3 Destinations for Valentine’s Day

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You don’t have to buy costly plane tickets and pay outrageous resort accommodation prices to enjoy a romantic getaway with your special someone this Valentine’s Day. The U.S. is littered with romantic destinations that can be visited in the comfort, convenience, and affordability of your RV.

Fire up your home on wheels and cruise throughout the country to one of these three must-visit Valentine’s Day destinations.

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s no wonder that Travel and Leisure named Charleston the No. 1 most romantic city in America. The historic town, located minutes from some of the East Coast’s most pristine beaches, offers cobblestone streets lined with oak trees, horse-drawn carriages, and enough historic architecture to fill hours of exploration. Charleston is also home to some of the most critically-acclaimed restaurants and rooftop bars in the country, so you’ll have no shortage of places to enjoy a romantic dinner and drinks.

Chicago, Illinois

City lovers can’t help but feel the romance when walking on Chicago’s streets in winter. Whether you and your lover are interested in fine dining, shopping, theater, or nightlife, you’ll feel Chicago’s charm when you walk among the skyscrapers just steps from the pristine shores of Lake Michigan. The Chicago area is also home to a large number of family-owned RV parks and campgrounds that make an ideal, and affordable, home base for city excursions.

Sedona, Arizona

If you haven’t escaped the cold to explore Sedona yet, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time. This cozy Arizona getaway is loaded with RV resorts, spas, world-renowned restaurants, shopping and more outdoor adventures than you can cram into one vacation. Even more, Sedona’s desert sunsets are famous for being some of the most mesmerizing in the country.

Visit Capital RV Center Before You Go

Don’t forget to stop by Capital RV Center to ensure your RV is in top condition before you hit the road for your romantic getaway.

Hit the Road for President’s Day

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Many RV travelers use the long President’s Day weekend as the first RV trip of the new year. Make this year’s President’s Day getaway one that’s both educational and fun by visiting an exciting presidential destination. The National Parks Service offers tons of great presidential destinations for travelers of all ages, so get out and explore these historic places dedicated to our nation’s leaders.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia

Washington, D.C., is one of the best places to see a number of presidential destinations in one vacation, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is one of the must-see sites when you’re in the city. Jefferson was one of our country’s founding fathers, author of the Declaration of Independence, a statesman and a visionary for the founding of the United States. Interpretive tours of the Jefferson Memorial take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage, Tennessee

Visit the plantation home that was once owned by Andrew Jackson, our nation’s seventh president. The home, also known as The Hermitage, is just 12 miles from Nashville, making it the perfect place to visit on your Tennessee road trip. The Hermitage is open from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and visitors can take part in a number of self-guided tour packages, offering access to the mansion, exhibit gallery, grounds and a number of other sites.

Woodrow Wilson’s Boyhood Home

If you’re hoping to visit a presidential destination in a warm-weather destination this year, the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in Augusta, Ga., is the place for you. Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home is located within the boundaries of Augusta’s historic district, so you can enjoy one of our country’s great historic cities on your getaway too. The home is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Start the New RV Season Off Right

A new year means a new RV season, and there’s no better way to ensure that your RV is in top condition than by bringing it by Capital RV Center. We’re your one-stop RV shop with everything from new and used RVs to service and supplies, so stop and see us for all of your RV needs.

Cruise in a Keystone Cougar

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The Keystone Cougar has been the No. 1 selling RV in its class for 14 years in a row. It’s easy to understand how the Cougar has reached such a legacy when you see the numerous innovative floorplans, top-quality construction and state-of-the-art features included in every model. Even better, the 2017 Keystone Cougar is now available for an unbeatable price right here at Capital RV Center in Bismarck and Minot, N.D.

2017 Keystone Cougar Models

The 2017 Keystone Cougar is available in so many models, including, for example this 2017 Keystone Cougar XLite 33 RBI XL, there’s no doubt you’ll have a difficult time choosing which one is perfect for you. Travelers can choose from traditional Cougar Fifth Wheels, XLite Fifth Wheels and XLite Travel Trailers. Whether you’re interested in an RV with two private bedrooms, one and a half baths, bunks for the kids, a residential kitchen or even an outdoor patio, there’s a 2017 Cougar model that’s designed specifically for your travel needs.

The Highest-End Features

Every 2017 Cougar RV is loaded with the industry’s latest and greatest features. Travelers enjoy a 40-inch flat-screen TV in most models, 50-amp service, solid hardwood slide fascia, a residential porcelain toilet, patented front cap hitch vision, hand glazed maple cabinetry, the Cougar Camp remote control, solid surface countertops, an orthopedic sleep system, a back lit command center, full extension drawer guides, day and night shades, a quick recovery water heater and all of the industry’s best comforts and conveniences.

The exterior of the RV is just as luxurious as the interior with a one-piece seamless rubber roof, an electric awning, outdoor speakers, slam latch baggage doors, radial tires, rear stabilizer jacks, high-gloss gel-coated Filon fiberglass and countless other touches that make your RV lifestyle more enjoyable whether you’re cruising down the road or setting up at the campsite.

Tow It Away Today

You can start your new, upgraded RV lifestyle today right here at Capital RV Center. Stop in and see us or log online to view our extensive selection of 2017 Cougars for unbelievably low prices.

Tips for Ice Fishing

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RV travel isn’t just reserved for the summer months. In fact, winter activities are made even more enjoyable with the RV lifestyle. Ice fishing is one of those activities. Once you learn the basics of ice fishing, the sport will quickly become one of your favorite features of winter. The following simple ice fishing tips will help you get started, so you can enjoy the RV lifestyle even when the weather is cold and the lakes are frozen.

The Movement of Fish

One of the most important parts of ice fishing is understanding where fish will be and when. In shallow lakes, fish tend to move shallower later in the season. In larger, deeper lakes, fish migrate to where food and cover can be found. They tend to stay deeper where the water is warmer. Fish become less active in the heart of winter, which means they’re easier to catch when they’re moving at the beginning and end of the season.

Start with Smaller Lakes

Starting with smaller lakes at the beginning of season will help you fish more often, and ultimately become a better ice fisherman. Smaller lakes freeze more quickly, which means you can be on the ice earlier in winter.

Later in the season, move to the larger lakes, which have more oxygen. Fish are more active there.

Use Live Bait

Live bait is an essential part of ice fishing. Whether you’re dead sticking, using a bobber or jigging, live bait is the most effective way to fish. Start by jigging larger lures roughly a foot above the bottom to catch the more aggressive fish. If the fish can be seen but not caught, opt for a smaller jig.

Visit Capital RV Center

Drop in at Capital RV Center to tour a new motorhome or trailer this winter, including our selection of ice houses if your primary goal is to ice fish in more comfort.

January Events in North Dakota

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Check out these fun events happening across North Dakota this January. Before you go, stop by Capital RV Center to get your rig checked out or to even shop for a new RV.

Winter Wheels Car Show – January 21

Jamestown, North Dakota, will be hosting the Winter Wheels Car Show at the Jamestown Civic Center on January 21. All car enthusiasts will love the show, which will include classic cars from owners all over North Dakota and beyond. Come out to see antiques, customs, hot rods, muscles cars, and more!

Frostival – January 27-29

Head to Fargo on January 27, 28, 0r 29 to embrace the season with a cool 3 days of festival fun. Celebrate winter with outdoor events, including snow golf, cross country skiing, ice skating, and other family friendly diversions. There will be plenty to eat and drink, as well as fun kid games with prizes to win. Local vendors will be out selling their wares as well. Head to 2001 44th St S, Fargo, North Dakota, to join in all the fun.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop by Capital RV Center this January before you head off to any events or embark on a road trip. Whether you need some maintenance before you hit the road from our service center or it’s time to shop for that new RV, Capital RV Center has got you covered.

Decorate Your RV for Christmas

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Ho, ho, ho. Tis the season to be jolly and that includes folks traveling in their RVs over the holidays. Bring the joy of the season along for the ride with a few of your favorites decorations.

At Capital RV Centers located in Bismarck and Minot, we’re all about decorating your new or used RV with one of our select recreational vehicles. We’ve got the inventory that will help make your Christmas holiday an event to remember.

Centerpiece

Depending on where you’re traveling and stops made along the way, you can be creative and make your own holiday decorations. If you have access to pine needles and pine cones, fill up a bag and get ready to decorate. Line a basket with green or red tissue paper then fill it with pinecones and needles. You can also add a dab of glue to the ends of the cones and sprinkle with gold glitter or lightly spray the tips with white to simulate snow. Add a few miniature Christmas bulbs to the basket and viola! You have a beautiful centerpiece.

Wreaths

Bring along a bare grapevine wreath form, a hot glue gun and clear glue sticks, and a wreath hanger for the door or use ribbon to hang the wreath inside. Decorate it with fresh cut pine or cedar springs and pine cones. Add decorative items including Christmas balls and a variety of miniature ornaments.

LED Decorations

Before leaving, stop at your favorite store and pick up an assortment of candles and decorations such as Christmas trees, snowmen, or any other holiday decoration that is powered by LED batteries. Sit these around the RV, near a window, on the table, wherever you want to spread holiday cheer.

Lights

You can’t have too much holiday brightness. String twinkling lights anywhere possible, inside and outside, to light up the night sky for Santa.

Visit Capital RV Centers

Let our staff at Capital RV Centers add some holiday cheer to your Christmas stocking this year with a new or used RV. Call Capital RV Centers and let us help you ring in the New Year with a special present just for you.

Holiday Carols for the Road

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While everyone probably has old CDs full of holiday classics on it, there are always new covers and versions coming out every year. Check out 2016’s best if you want to mix up your holiday playlist this year while you’re out on the road. Featuring both new covers and wholly original songs, it’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

2016 Holiday Carols for the Road

  • A Strange Way to Save the World – Rascal Flatts
  • Little Drummer Boy – Jennifer Nettles & Idina Menzel
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Christmas Makes Me Cry – Kacey Musgraves
  • Christmas Every Day – Simple Plan
  • Coming Home – Trey Songz
  • All I Want for Christmas is You – Straight No Chaser
  • Hallelujah – Pentatonix
  • The Christmas Song – Jordan Fisher
  • Home for Christmas – R. Kelly
  • Silent Night – Sofia Carson
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Laura Pausini
  • Tennessee Christmas – Amy Grant

Visit Capital RV Center

Now that you’ve listened to 2016’s best holiday tunes, why not stop by Capital RV Center to tour the newest and greatest RVs that 2016 and 2017 have to offer? Ditch your old RV and step into the new year with a brand new motorhome or travel trailer from Capital RV Center.