Road Trip Games for the Kids

shutterstock_599710733

As anyone who has traveled with children before can tell you, kids get antsy on the road, don’t have the patience for longer trips, and can make some pretty poor travel mates if they get bored. Road trip games can help alleviate boredom and keep the kids from fighting, which any parent will appreciate. The next time you hit the road with your kids in your RV, try out one or more of these classic road trip games to stave off your kid’s boredom.

Radio Game

Turn the radio off. Have each player choose a word. Turn the radio on. Listen carefully for your words. When you hear word – if you are the first person to hear your word – you are the winner.

The Question Game

Take turns asking questions just to see what kind of answers your family comes up with. For example, ask what three things would you take with you if you had to spend a year on a deserted island, ask who a person’s heroes are and why, if you had the chance to eat lunch with a famous person, who would the person choose?

Word Sequence

Choose a topic. It can be any topic from animals to fruit to places. Have one person start with anything in that category. The next person has to name something in that category that starts with the last letter of the named item. For example, if the first person chooses “rabbit,” the next person has to think of an animal that starts with a ‘T.’ You can’t use the same word twice unless the children are very young, in which case, they can have that handicap. They can also have three “passes” before getting dropped from the game.

The Rhyming Game

Have a person pick a word. The next person has to say a word that rhymes with the first person’s word. The game is played until a person cannot think of a rhyming word. You can give younger players hints.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop by Capital RV Center before hitting the road this summer in your motorhome or travel trailer. From RV sales and service to parts and accessories, Capital RV Center is your place in North Dakota for all your RVing needs.

Stock Up on Seasonal Produce from Local Farmers’ Markets

shutterstock_74858629

Shopping at local farmers’ markets is one of the best ways to give back to your community and the communities you visit in your RV. Purchasing from local farmers and makers allows them to continue providing the tasty, fresh products you love.

However, finding the best produce at farmers’ markets around the country isn’t always easy. Fruits and vegetables are seasonal, and picking the wrong ones will make you feel less excited about the meals you create with them. Follow these simple tips for finding the best products at the next farmers’ market you visit.

1. Don’t Go at Peak Times

It’s best to head to a farmers’ market early or late, when it’s typically less crowded. The early morning hours offer the best produce, because the best goods go first. However, late arrivals at the farmers’ market usually get the best deals from farmers who are trying to liquidate produce. This less-common time to visit also means more opportunity to speak with the farmers about what to buy.

2. Research Before You Go

Certain fruits and vegetables are tastier at different times of year. Apples are best in the late summer and fall, while avocados and blueberries are tastiest in the summer months. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower are all best in the winter months, and some veggies, like carrots and collard greens, are harvested year-round. About.com’s guide to seasonal fruits and vegetables is an ideal list to reference before you hit the market each week.

3. Bring Cash and Reusable Bags

Make the purchasing process easier on yourself and the farmers by coming prepared. Many farmers’ markets and individual vendors are still cash-only. Bring plenty of cash, so you’re not left facing hefty ATM fees. Additionally, remember to bring your reusable market bags, because many vendors don’t bring their own bags to give away.

Shop and Dine With Your RV

Tasting fresh local produce at each of your RV destinations is one of the best ways to get to know the places you travel. Log online or stop in and see us at Capital RV Center to see our unbeatable deals on new and pre-owned RVs for the fall camping (and harvesting) season.

Tips to Keep in Mind Before Summer Boondocking

shutterstock_471343577

Boondocking is camping without hookups and is also called “dry camping.” Usually, there are no fees to be paid. You can find amazing and beautiful scenery, some peace and quiet, and ample camping space in some out of the way places, but before you head out for that perfect place this summer, here are some things to remember while boondocking.

The more water that you can bring, the better. When you are dry camping, the longer you can conserve your water means the longer you can stay. Pick the right foods to travel with. Choose foods that have longer shelf lives and meals that don’t need a microwave. Many chili and casserole dishes are great and can also be stretched to last a few days.

Be mindful of your waste. When it comes to garbage, make sure you collect everything in large heavy black bags. Keep the bag where critters can’t get in it and make a mess. Just dump it at the next fuel stop or city waste dump. But always ask before dumping. You will find that after filling up your tank that most places are ok with allowing you to toss a few bags of garbage away.

When it comes to power, it can be provided by a generator or solar panel. Many avid boondockers will already have solar panels for energy.

Finding the perfect spot can be easy. Do some research in forums, blogs and camp directories. Pick a spot that isn’t too far away from a paved highway. What direction is the sun? If it’s cooler weather, you want the sun’s natural heat to come in through the windows.

Wind and rain in an area can be horribly harmful. You want to have your RV positioned for blocking wind so it’s enjoyable to be outside. Make sure you are not in a wash area when it rains. Sure, it’s safe now. But lots of rain could turn your quaint outdoor space into a raging river.

And as always, safety is the number one concern. If you’ve never boondocked before it can seem scary. The best thing to do is trust your gut and common sense about the feelings you get in an area. If neighbors are nearby, have a fast chat. Always make sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you will be back.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop by Capital RV Center this summer before you hit the road for boondocking or whatever other adventures you have in mind. Don’t forget to get your RV checked out by one of the techs at Capital RV Center, to shop for a new or used RV, or to pick up necessary parts, and accessories.

What to Look for in an RV Park

shutterstock_520072618

Part of RV traveling means stopping along the way to set up camp at a park just for RVs. And an important element of any park is comfort and convenience.

Choosing the right RV to make the trip with you is also an important factor in how smoothly your vacation plans flow. At Capital RV Center, we know a thing or two about matching customers with the RV of their dreams.

Once you’ve made your RV selection, there’s a list of things to consider when choosing a park to enhance your travel adventures.

Checklist

This short list is a good place to start in finding the park for you.

  • If you’re visiting a park for the first time, do your research regarding seasonal rates and availability.
  • Location is vital. You’ll want to be near to shopping, dining, fuel, and local attractions.
  • Find out what types of businesses surround the park. For example, be sure the park isn’t across the street from a garbage dump or sewage facility.
  • You’ll need water, electric and sewer hookups. Check with the park of choice regarding what they offer in terms of power ampage to accommodate your RV.
  • Is the site easily accessible and is it large enough for your RV especially if you have multiple slide outs.
  • Sites can be equipped with several items such as a picnic table, grill or fire pit while others may have only one or two of these amenities. Additional features may include WiFi access and cable hookups.
  • Does the park offer pull-through and back-in sites and is there additional room for more than one car or truck.
  • Does the park have an onsite store for supplies such as wood for fire pits.
  • If you plan to bring your pet, know what the pet policy is in terms of deposits, leash regulations, specific dog walking areas, etc.
  • Many parks and resorts have a variety of amenities including a pool, fitness and recreation center, hot tub, shuffleboard, horseshoes, canoe, kayak and bicycle rental. Some offer shuttle service to town as well as planned cookouts, events and activities.

Drop by Capital RV Center

Drop by Capital RV Center for information about our special deals, service, accessories, or just to look around.

The Top 3 Spots for Summer Fishing in North Dakota

shutterstock_250418899

Summer is here, and it’s time to bring your fishing pole out of storage. North Dakota’s rivers and lakes are some of the best in the country for catching walleye, northern pike, salmon, trout, catfish and countless other freshwater fish in the summer months. The following are just three of North Dakota’s many unbeatable fishing destinations.

The Upper Missouri River

You can find the Upper Missouri River west of the city of Williston in Williams County. This stretch of the free-flowing river is one of the best places to catch paddlefish in spring and early summer months. As the season pushes toward fall, anglers can reel in sauger, a close relative walleye, from the river’s scenic shores.

Devil’s Lake

Devil’s Lake is North Dakota’s largest natural body of water, and it has been drastically growing in size since the early 1990s. Fish at this freshwater oasis, and you’re likely to catch walleye, northern pike, crappie and white bass. Devil’s Lake isn’t just an excellent place to drop a line in the water in summer — winters offer ideal ice fishing conditions here.

Lake Metigoshe

Head to the breathtaking scenery of the Turtle Mountains along the U.S.-Canada border, and you’ll find Lake Metigoshe. This is one of the cleanest freshwater lakes in the state, with numerous smaller bodies of water nearby. Fish from the shore or launch your boat to spend some time among stunning natural scenery and plenty of pike, bluegills and walleye.

Find Your Dream Fishing Retreat

You don’t have to spend a fortune on a lake house to enjoy fishing in a comfortable and convenient setting this summer. Here at our Capital RV Center locations in Bismarck and Minot, we offer a huge selection of RVs, so you can find your dream vacation home for an affordable price. What are you waiting for? Start your dream RV lifestyle at Capital RV today.

Making Money While RVing Full-Time

shutterstock_474899212

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.

Find an Affordable RV at Capital RV Center

Starting an RV lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to spend your life’s savings on an RV. Shop our huge selection of affordable new and used RVs right here at Capital RV Center.

Stargazing this Summer in North Dakota

shutterstock_541935820

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.

Visit Capital RV Center

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.

Travel Friendly Flowers and Plants

shutterstock_324799544

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.

Visit Capital RV Center

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.

Tips for DIY Renovations in Your RV

rv,motorcoach,motorhome

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!

Improving Your Sense of Direction on the Road

Young couple holding map

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.