Being Prepared for Anything in Your RV

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It pays to be prepared, especially when you’re on the road in your RV. While you can’t be prepared for literally everything, there are steps you can take to account for a wide range of scenarios. If being better prepared sounds like something you can get behind, here are some of the most effective and straightforward methods you can take right now to make your travels safer.

Make Sure You’re Well-Equipped

One of the more obvious steps that you can take is to make sure that your RV is equipped with emergency and survival gear, just in case. While you don’t want to take up tons of room in your RV, it never hurts to devote a little space to select versatile items.

A well-stocked first aid kit is first on the list. Traveling as frequently as you do and spending lots of time outdoors will inevitably lead to minor cuts, bruises, burns, and the like, which a competent first aid kit can handle. Springing for a more premium first aid kit, however, is advised. The extra gear can really come through in a pinch.

You should also add some high-calorie non-perishable food items, as well as a couple of large containers of potable water. Make sure you also include a warm blanket and a good flashlight.

Don’t Lapse on Maintenance

If you make sure that your RV is in good shape at all times, the likelihood of it breaking down on you unexpectedly is reduced drastically. Don’t let your RV surprise you at the worst time. Before you embark on any major trip, be sure to get an RV technician to go over your RV bumper to bumper and look for problems. If any are found, it’s in your best interest to resolve them immediately. What may be a small problem now can become a huge problem after you’ve driven 3,000 miles.

Have an Itinerary That’s Flexible

Planning where you’re going is important. It let’s you know what route to take, what you can expect along the way, and what kind of considerations you need to keep in mind at your destination. But there’s also something to be said about flexibility. When making your plans, have a backup plan in mind. That way if something unforeseen occurs, you’ve got an immediate alternate to fall back on.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving, operating, or setting up an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Why RV Camping is the Ultimate Family Vacation

RV camping is fun for the whole family.

Sure, you can always take a regular family road trip in the car, but if you want the ultimate family vacation, you’ve got to hit the road in your own RV. RVs offer an experience that a car and hotel room can’t begin to touch. Here’s why you ought to make your next family vacation in an RV.

1. Reconnect as a family

Something truly magical happens when vacationing together as a family. Bonds are formed, secrets shared, and, perhaps best of all, memories are made that last a lifetime. There is no better way to do this than traveling in an RV. Sitting by a roaring campfire and sharing stories is a far better bonding experience than lounging around a hotel room watching TV.

2. RVing saves you money

No one should have to spend tons of money just to have a good time on their vacation. It only makes economic sense to invest in an RV. With many travel trailer options to choose from, it allows families of four or more to save an average of 57% on vacation costs over other forms of travel. Want to take your family away for the weekend? An RV mini trip will typically cost 53% less than renting a car, booking plane tickets, staying in hotels, and even eating out.

3. Comforts of home

We all long for the comforts of home when traveling. Unlike unfamiliar linens and bedding in a hotel, an RV offers all the comforts of home. Everything from your own blankets and bedding, right down to your favorite pillow. Most RVs are equipped with a kitchen, refrigerator, TVs, and even your own bathroom. With all the comforts of home readily available, why would you settle for anything less?

4.Freedom and flexibility

You are able to go almost anywhere and at any time in your RV. The freedom to plan a vacation at a moment’s notice is invaluable. You don’t have to rush to catch that flight, or call ahead to make sure a hotel has a room available. With an RV, all you really need to plan is your destination and then go!

5. Reconnect to Nature

Many outdoor enthusiasts are faced with the dilemma of where to stay when traveling. You can opt to stay in an expensive hotel or find an inhospitable location that often lacks certain comforts such as showers, bathrooms, and kitchens. If your love for the great outdoors involves hiking, fishing, or just reconnecting with nature, vacationing in an RV is just what you need to reconnect to nature without being outrageously expensive.

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If you’re ready to take an RV vacation with your family and see why it’s the ultimate way to travel and to bond, stop in at Capital RV Center today to tour any RV, motorhome, or travel trailer on the lot and leave in one that’s perfect for you and your family.

Ways to Store Shoes in Your RV

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Even at home your shoes can take up way too much space in your closet. And your floor, for that matter. It’s easy to have too many shoes and have nowhere to put them. When you’re out in your RV, this problem becomes much more apparent. Fortunately, there are shoe storage solutions that can help you to save space and keep your shoes organized.

The Classic Shoe Organizer

The most straightforward way to organize shoes is to simply purchase a plastic hanging shoe organizer and toss it over a door or into your closet space. There’s a reason why these products are popular: they work. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re at home or on the road in your RV. They’ll still keep your shoes organized and off the floor.

Over the Door Hooks

Another great way to solve your shoe crisis is to buy over the door hooks. You can then hang a shoe from each hook where they’ll not be underfoot until you’re ready to put them onto your foot.

Install Wall Shelves

Try installing some simple wall shelves anywhere in your RV where there’s some free wall space. If you want to put shoes on these shelves, try positioning them near the door to the outside so that your shoes have a home right near the entrance/exit.

Use the Space Under the Stairs

This one is a bit conditional, but if your RV has steps inside leading up to the bedroom (or anywhere else, for that matter), why not stuff some of your shoes into the hollows under each step? That space isn’t being used for anything else after all. If you really want to get creative and have a DIY streak, you can even convert steps into hidden chests. Just cut off the top of each step and reattach it with hinges. These secret compartments can then be filled with whatever you need to stow away, shoes included.

When All Else Fails, Downsize

While this may not be the most popular suggestion, it might be best if you simply downsize how many shoes you have. If you’ve employed space saving techniques for your shoe collection and you’re still tripping over piles of sneakers, take a good look at the number of pairs that you have and assess which ones you rarely, if ever, wear. If you’ve got some shoes that you’ve never bothered to put on during your entire trip, it might be time to say goodbye.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re in the market for your first RV or are considering upgrading your current RV, stop by our showroom at Capital RV Centers to walk through the many floor plans we have available. Choose from pushers, Class A RVs, Class C RVs, Class B RVs, fifth wheels, travel trailers, fish houses, toy haulers and more. We also have several types of pre-owned models.

The Best Valentine’s Day Destinations in the US

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There’s no better way to show someone how much you love them than by taking them on a romantic getaway. However, you don’t have to travel far and wide to find that perfect Valentine’s Day destination. These three places throughout the U.S. offer the luxury, romance, and excitement you’re seeking to make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet.

Aspen — Colorado 

If you want to go above and beyond this Valentine’s Day, head to the snow-covered mountains of Aspen, Colorado. Aspen offers an ideal setting for romance, with high-end spas and resorts (there are plenty of budget-friendly accommodations too) located just seconds from some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding. If you both love a dose of adventure with your romance, Aspen offers the perfect combination of challenging terrain and apres-ski fun.

Napa Valley — California

Are you and your significant other wine lovers? If so, there’s no better place to be this Valentine’s Day than in California’s famed Napa Valley. However, you don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy the area’s luxurious spas, resorts, hot-air balloon tours and other romantic endeavors that will create a perfectly indulgent winter getaway.

Charleston — South Carolina

Charleston’s horse-drawn carriages, historic architecture, bustling shopping streets, rooftop bars and world-renowned restaurants provide everything you need to enjoy a fun-filled getaway with your loved one. The historic downtown area is also just minutes away from some of South Carolina’s most pristine beaches, so you can turn your escape to the city into a beach vacation too. Consider staying at one of Charleston’s many famous bed and breakfasts, where you can get a true taste of southern hospitality and learn some insider tips about the city.

Spend Valentine’s Day in Your Capital RV

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Staving Off Boredom in Your Dog

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If you’re RVing with your dog, chances are he’s not bored. With all the new scents, the changing scenery, the new people (and other dogs!) he gets to meet… we’re sure an RV road trip is your dog’s definition of recreational just as much as it is yours.

However, maybe your pooch is getting a bit bored. Maybe you’ve been in one place for too long. If you need to give your dog a pick-me-up while on the road, consider one of these fun activities that are sure to dispel your dog’s doldrums.

Set Them Up on a Play Date!

Dogs love people, but they love other dogs even more. If it’s been awhile since your dog socialized with another canine, find a neighbor at your camp or RV park who also owns a pooch and see if they’d be okay with your dogs interacting. It’s important for dogs to get some time with others of their own kind, so be sure to mix in some meet ups as you travel.

Teach Your Dog Some New Tricks

Not only can you teach an old dog new tricks, they’ll love learning them! Teaching a dog a trick stimulates them mentally and helps to keep them sharp. It’s also a great way to bond with your dog and to reinforce your relationship. As a bonus, they also learn something with a practical purpose (sit, heel, stay) or that’s just for fun (roll over, beg, play dead).

Purchase Interactive Dog Toys

Of course, as much as your dog loves interacting with strangers or with you, sometimes even a dog needs some alone time. For this purpose, consider purchasing an interactive dog toy. There are tons of them on the market and they provide feedback and/or a challenge that will keep your dog busy and happy, especially when you need them distracted.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle (with your dog in tow, of course!), come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Must Have Tools for Your RV

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When you’re traveling in your RV on the open road, you’re subject to plenty of freedom and independence. That independence means that you need to be able to handle problems yourself, if they arise. It’s part of the territory. To that end, there are certain tools that are pretty much required for RV travel. You may never need them, but you could be really sorry one day if you don’t have them aboard.

Tire Gauge

This one’s going to get used frequently. A tire gauge allows you to monitor the air pressure of your tires and to keep them at optimal levels as you travel. Properly inflated tires are more resilient, last longer, and will provide you with better fuel economy, which an RVer can appreciate.

Axe

A quality axe provides a multitude of useful functions around any RV site or campground. From cutting up wood for a fire to clearing debris, an axe is never dead weight. Consider packing it or a hatchet when you go out hiking. If you get lost somehow, it’s among the most useful items you can have.

Multi-bit Screwdriver

Instead of owning a dozen screwdrivers, invest instead in a multi-bit version. The various heads all magnetically snap into the handle and give you all the utility of a drawer full of lesser screwdrivers. No matter what kind of screw you encounter, a multi-bit has got you covered.

Channel Lock Pliers

Channel lock pliers will serve as your go-to tool for all things plumbing-related. From tightening a water hose to turning on a spigot that’s missing a handle, they’ll serve you well any time you need to really tighten something or need a makeshift handle.

Needle Nose Pliers

The pliers to use when something requires a bit more finesse. Needle nose pliers can fit into tight spaces and give you fine control over something too small for your hands to properly manipulate.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Propane Heater Safety in Your RV

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It’s understandable that you want to use some space heaters in your RV during the winter. After all, it can get pretty cold depending on where you’re at during the winter months.

But be sure to practice safety measures when using a heater, especially propane heaters. Electric heaters are fairly simple to use safely: just keep them well away from anything flammable and don’t leave them unattended. For propane heaters, however, keep in mind the following:

Be Careful When Using Gas

It may sound counterintuitive, but it’s best to crack open a couple of your RV’s windows when using a gas-powered heater. If there’s a gas leak, your RV can quickly fill with carbon monoxide, which can be fatal at high, concentrated levels. If you begin to feel dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous, get some fresh air right away. To prevent the possibility of gas build up, just crack open a few windows. Your space heater will still do its job just fine even if there are some open windows.

Also consider installing a carbon monoxide detector in your RV. It’s a good idea to have one; just remember to regularly check if it’s still working.

Every time you use your propane heater, be sure to do a quick visual check of all cords, hoses, and connections. Do not use a faulty heater if you detect a problem.

Use Only As Needed

A gas heater is often the best way to get warm fast, but don’t over use it. Never leave it unattended or leave it on while your’e asleep. If you have other methods of staying warm, like putting on extra layers or using a warm blanket, do that instead. It saves on gas and reduces the risk of your gas heater causing an issue.

Keep Your Heater from Getting Under Foot

Place your gas heater in out of the way spots where foot traffic is unlikely. The last thing you want to do is tip it over. Keep it away from flammable materials when placing your heater, such as curtains or sheets. To make it even safer, purchase a gas heater that’s designed for indoor use and that has a tip-over safety switch that turns the unit off if you knock it over accidentally.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re in the market for your first RV or are considering upgrading your current RV, stop by our showroom at Capital RV Centers to walk through the many floor plans we have available. Choose from pushers, Class A RVs, Class C RVs, Class B RVs, fifth wheels, travel trailers, fish houses, toy haulers and more. We also have several types of pre-owned models.

Winter Fun in North Dakota

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If you’re in North Dakota this winter, or plan to be, y0u should know that there’s no shortage on the fun to be had. While tourists can always enjoy the dining, shopping, and other interior attractions that North Dakota has to offer, winter is the only time of year where you can engage in some winter sports and activities outside. Take advantage of the snow and cold when you visit by trying one (or all) of the following.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

The parks, rivers, and Badlands of North Dakota make for some spectacular trails that are great for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

Ice Fishing

Just set your RV up on the shore and tread out onto the ice for some of the best ice fishing in the country. North Dakota’s lakes and rivers are full of yellow perch, northern pike, and walleye. Try Devils Lake, Icelandic State Park, Lake Metigoshe State Park, or Lakes Sakakawea and Audubon.

Snowmobiling

With more than 2,800 miles of groomed snowmobile trails plus several hundred more less developed trails, North Dakota has no shortage of places to explore with your snowmobile. Travel through the forests of Turtle Mountain and Pembina Gorge or the valleys of Sheyenne, Missouri, or Red River. The Badlands are also open to snowmobiles, so be sure to check them out too.

Downhill Skiing and Sledding

While North Dakota doesn’t have mountain resorts, the hills are more than large enough for some solid skiing and sledding opportunities. They’re also good for snowboarding and tubing.

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Come visit Capital RV Center today if you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle. Capital RV Center is your North Dakota RV sales, service, and accessories center.

RV Friendly Christmas Decorating

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Those who travel year ‘round in their RV or those who decided to spend their Christmas vacation traveling may want to decorate for the holidays, but don’t bring decorations because of space restrictions. That’s okay! Visit a local store and pick up some modest decorations. With a few tips, you can stretch a few decorative pieces a long way.

The Christmas Tree

Pick up a small Christmas tree — you can find small real trees or live trees or you can purchase a fake tree from a big box department store. If you get a live tree, it can stay inside with you while it is small. If you get a fake tree, find one that comes apart for easy storage.

You should be able to store decorations for a small tree in one medium storage container. Pick up hanging decorations from different places; each one will provide a memory when you hang it on the tree.

The Wreath

Depending on where you are located during the holidays, you may be able to find pine branches and pine cones in the woods nearby. Make your own wreath for the door of your RV by wrapping the branches around a coat hanger and tying them on with string or wire ties. Use string to attach the pinecones to the branches. You an also group several branches together at the end and tie them with a bright ribbon.

Mount temporary sticky hooks to the outside of the RV so you can hang Christmas lights. You can also decorate the canopy or a nearby tree — just be sure that you cover any cords on the ground with a throw rug or run the cord out of the way so no one trips on it.

Take It Outside

If you do not want to put a tree inside, you can always set the tree up outside. Be sure to use plastic ornaments — some of them look like glass — in case the wind blows them off the tree. If you have children, store the gifts in the passthrough storage. Just get up before the kids get up to put the gifts under the tree. If you do this and you are in a campground, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on your setup once you put the gifts under the tree. You never know who is camping near you and sometimes, things tend to grow legs.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Top Snowbird Locations Across America

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If it’s getting too cold for you up north this winter and you’ve had enough, it’s time to set your sights on a snowbird destination to ride out the colder months in comfort. But setting your sights on the southern states every winter doesn’t mean you always have to travel to the same destinations. These top three snowbird destinations are ones you may want to consider instead of your go-to spot this year.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Many snowbirds already know Arizona is an ideal place to keep warm and watch the winter pass with sunny skies. It’s also a great place for travelers who like to stay healthy and active year-round. Scottsdale is a hotspot for golfers, cyclers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The area’s slightly older population may also appeal to more mellow snowbird travelers.

Austin, Texas

Being a snowbird doesn’t mean you have to travel to a slow-paced destination for retirees. Austin is a place where culture and the outdoors collide. Snowbirds can kayak, mountain bike or hike in the day and turn to the city for world-renowned eateries and live music at night. Austin is a city that will make the cooler months of the year fly by with excitement.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Many snowbirds assume Florida is the place to be on the East Coast in winter, but Georgia offers mellower crowds, ideal weather and picturesque coastal scenery. Head to Jekyll Island this year for peaceful beaches, picturesque marshland, adorable towns, fresh seafood and southern hospitality that will make you never want to leave. This charming Georgian island is the laid-back alternative to the traffic jams and tourists crowds of Florida’s top snowbird spots.

Stop by Capital RV Center Before You Go

Come visit Capital RV Centers today if you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle. Capital RV Centers is your North Dakota RV sales, service, and accessories center.