Ways to Store Shoes in Your RV

shoe storage in rv

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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.

Visit Capital RV Center

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


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


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.

Different Ways to Make S’mores

Freshly toasted s'mores.

S’mores are a camping favorite since they’re traditionally cooked over an open fire. Winter is campfire season, so bring a little bit of cozy to your cold evening with a yummy s’more! Reach for those marshmallows, Hershey’s chocolate, and graham crackers and check out these unique s’mores recipes that will blow the traditional version out of the water.

Grilled Banana S’mores

What you’ll need:

  • 2 yellow bananas
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 20 miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons Golden Grahams

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Leave the banana in its peel and cut a 1-inch strip down the middle of the banana (lengthwise).
  2. Now cut the banana into 1-inch slices inside the peel.
  3. Evenly stuff the marshmallows, Golden Grahams and chocolate chips into the banana. Stuff the ingredients into the sides of the banana peel and between each of the slices.
  4. Use tin foil to wrap the bottom of each banana, then add a few more chocolate chips and marshmallows on top.
  5. Place the bananas on a pre-heated grill and let them cook until they’re warmed all the way through (roughly 5 minutes). If you don’t have a grill readily available, an oven can be used to broil the bananas.
  6. Leave the bananas in the peel and enjoy with a fork.

Mason Jar S’mores

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 box chocolate instant pudding
  • Marshmallow fluff
  • 4 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 Mason jars (4-ounces each)

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Place 1 tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of each Mason jar.
  2. Follow the instructions on the box to prepare the instant pudding.
  3. Pour the pudding evenly into each Mason jar.
  4. Top each Mason jar off with marshmallow fluff.
  5. Broil the mason jars in the oven just until the marshmallow fluff has browned.
  6. Serve immediately to keep the graham cracker crumbs from getting soggy.

Visit Capital RV Center

There’s no better place to enjoy s’mores than at the campground with your RV. Whether you’re in the market for a new or used RV, Capital RV Center can help you find the RV that’s just right for you and your needs.


Maximizing Space in Your RV


When you walk onto the Capital RV Centers lot, your purchasing decision is going to be severely limited if you’re going in with the attitude that you need an RV as big as North Dakota in order to live in it in comfort. The reality is that there’s quite a bit that you can do to expand the living space inside of an RV. Here are some ideas.

Remove Unnecessary Furniture

Sometimes all that extra storage space comes in handy, other times you wish you had a little more headroom. If you have any cabinets, nightstands, shelves or other furniture that you don’t need, a little spackle and paint will cover most of the small nail holes left by removing the built in furnishings. Use the extra space however you wish, even if it’s just to have some empty foot area.


It’s a simple trick but it works: use mirrors to open up a living space. A couple of full length mirrors in the bedroom can really help to create the feeling of space in your RV.

Tear Down the Walls

In most RVs and trailers, you really don’t need to worry about load bearing walls. The weight is all resting on the actual frame itself, not on anything inside of the RV’s interior, so, generally speaking, if you want to tear down a wall to expand the living area into the second bedroom or turn the entire RV into a studio apartment, you can safely do just that. Opening the area up really helps to create a sense of breathing room.

Visit Capital RV Centers

Whether you want to expand a small RV, camper, or trailer, or make a big one even bigger, there are a whole lot of neat tricks like these that can help you to do just that. Whether remodeling or simply redecorating, there are a lot of great ways to take your living space in your RV and expand it. Come see us at Capital RV Centers today for more tips, or to check out our inventory to get yourself a new RV that’s downright larger than what you currently have.