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.

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.

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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.

Must-Have RV Accessories

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RVs may come equipped with plenty of standard amenities and features, but sometimes there are certain accessories that need to be bought after you purchase your RV. These are some of the accessories that are deemed more “must-have” rather than “nice to have.”

A Good GPS

A good GPS that you can mount on your dashboard or windshield is priceless for an RVer. Sure, smartphones may come with GPS apps, but we all know we have to refer to the GPS every now and then if it’s going to work and glancing at a smartphone in a car is already distracting enough. In a big RV, it’s even more dangerous. Why risk yourself, those around you, and your RV?

Safety concerns aside, a dedicated GPS is invaluable for navigating and is more detailed and user friendly than a mere smartphone app. Do yourself a favor and invest in a good unit before you take your RV out next time.

Portable Folding RV Hammock

This one is all about comfort, but what comfort it is! Let’s admit it: hammocks are great, but they can be an inconvenience to set up and an inconvenience to pack up. A portable folding RV hammock isn’t going to take up much space on your rig and it offers all the comfort and relaxation of a regular hammock without all the fuss. Simply take it to that nice shady spot or relaxing sunbathing patch of grass and pop it open. Voila! You just took a shortcut to a great afternoon nap.

WiFi Extender

Any RV traveler will tell you that RV parks may offer that free WiFi, but it’s more often than not less than premium. A WiFi extender for your RV helps to boost a weak or distant signal and make it more usable, which comes in handy if you like to use the internet to read the news or find something to watch at breakfast.

Visit Capital RV Center

Whatever RV parts or accessories you’re looking for, find them at Capital RV Center’s parts and accessory department. Come by and tour an RV at Capital RV Center if you’re ready to start living the RV life today!

The Tips You Need to Experience the Joy of Ice Fishing

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Ice fishing season is coming up soon in North Dakota. 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.

Ice Fish with Your RV from Capital RV Center

An RV from Capital RV Center, whether it’s a motorhome or travel trailer, is an ideal way to travel from one ice fishing destination to another. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of a hot shower, comfortable seating area, television and plenty of sleeping space after a long day on the ice.

September Events for RVers in North Dakota

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North Dakota has a lot going on this September for the adventurous traveler. From a street fair steeped in tradition, to a grueling physical challenge not for the faint of heart, to a cultural experience like none other, see all that North Dakota has to offer!

43rd Annual Downtowners Street Fair

From September 16-17 enjoy this perennial favorite in Bismarck. Each fall, the Downtowners of Bismarck produce an arts, crafts and food show called Street Fair. This event was created by the Downtowners in 1973 as “Customer Appreciation Days” then grew into a full-blown street fair. Vendors line the streets of downtown Bismarck.

Iron Will Warrior Challenge

For those athletically inclined, this event in Bottineau on September 10 is sure to challenge. Three miles of down and dirty, mud-running action, all while facing grueling, heart-pumping obstacles scattered over the demanding terrain of the Turtle Mountains. After your personal conquest, stick around for the ultimate after-race party fun with food and drinks. Funds raised are used to support the Annie’s House Adaptive Recreation Program at Bottineau Winter Park. Starts at 10am and runs to 3pm.

United Tribes International Powwow

Head over to Bismarck from September 9-11. This Powwow, held annually in the Lone Star Arena at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, has become one of the premier cultural events of North Dakota, receiving numerous awards over the years. Fifteen hundred dancers and drummers representing more than 70 tribes draw more than 20,000 spectators to the this must-see event!

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Whether you live in North Dakota or are just on your way through, make a stop at Capital RV Center for RV sales, service, and accessories. Capital RV Center has everything the discerning RVer needs to make the time spent on the road fun and fulfilling!

Don’t Let Motion Sickness Interfere with Your RV Vacation

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No, your camper is not a boat, but it does move and for some people (roughly 33 percent of the population) that means the possibility of experiencing motion sickness. The beauty of an RV is stopping when and where you want, especially handy for those with a tendency to get “car sick.” You’ve just bought that new rig from you Capital RV Center. Learn how to minimize the symptoms so you can get out on the highway and really enjoy it.

What Causes Motion Sickness?

Some people have difficulty with the motion associated with travel. Their brains do not correctly process the visual messages sent by landscapes moving past the windshield while the body is in reality sitting still. The confusion causes those prone to motion sickness to get dizzy when they are moving and/or doing something else while traveling down the road. If the motion continues the sufferer experiences nausea along with various degrees of fatigue. The symptoms do not subside until the motion stops.

How to Avoid or Minimize Motion Sickness

The easiest way to avoid or minimize motion sickness is to pay attention to the trip. Don’t move around on the rig, just stay seated and comfortable and enjoy the scenery. Reading is not advised; in fact it is one of the worst things to do if you have a tendency to motion sickness. The bouncing around of the book and the words don’t help.

If you are on an extended road trip it’s kind of hard to keep from bringing your favorite books or games so you might want to consider taking Dramamine. This over the counter medicine comes in several varieties, drowsy and non-drowsy. Some people get motion sickness if they sleep while traveling through the night, a good time to use the drowsy variety.

If symptoms appear while traveling, the best thing to do, if no medication is available, is to just pull over and stop for awhile. Take a nap. A wet cloth placed on the face also helps control the symptoms. If you must keep traveling, try and sleep. But, this is your road trip. Adding an extra night to help stabilize your “RV legs” will make it much more enjoyable.

Motion Sickness and Pets

Dogs are also susceptible to motion sickness. They have no way of telling you they aren’t feeling well so your first sign of trouble is usually vomiting. If your pet is not well-traveled, especially in an RV, start with a short day trip, taking frequent breaks and potty stops along the way. Take someone along with you to monitor your pet on the drive. Next try a longer trip, maybe an overnighter or weekend campout. The idea is to get your pet used to the motion and the RV itself. Being familiar with the environment will decrease your pet’s stress level and helps to minimize or eliminate motion sickness. This type of RV familiarization also works well with cats.

If your dog is well behaved, you may consider letting him roam free in the RV. They can find a spot that makes them comfortable. Many dogs are happy as long as they have a window to look out of. This doesn’t work well for cats, which are less likely to get motion sickness anyway. It’s best to keep them crated while traveling. The last thing you want is a ten-pound fur-ball with claws landing in your lap at the wrong mom

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Roadtrip Songs for Your RV

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Time on the road can be boring. Getting from one destination to another often means long days on the highway from sun up to sun down. However, over the years, travelers have come up with numerous ways to combat the boredom of driving or being a passenger on a gruelingly long journey. The following are some of the top road trip songs to help keep you going when you’re eager to get to your destination but feel like you’re not getting anywhere.

Born to Run — Bruce Springsteen

Need a song that will make you feel proud to be a road warrior? This one is it. Play it loud, sing along and feel inspired to keep on driving.

Every Day Is a Winding Road — Sheryl Crow

It’s likely your entire family knows the words to this 1996 release. After a short sing-a-long, you’ll all feel a little better about the long road ahead.

Freebird — Lynyrd Skynyrd

The lyrics mention traveling, because there’s too many places to see. There are few things more inspiring than a classic rock and roll song to keep you motivated to continue adventuring.

Hotel California — The Eagles

If you’re headed southwest in your RV, few songs will excite you more than the dreamy classic Hotel California. The lyrics, “My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim… I had to stop for the night,” also let drivers know that stopping for a break or a good night’s sleep isn’t always a setback.

I Can’t Drive 55 — Sammy Hagar

The renowned American rocker Sammy Hagar once sang about his tendency to drive too fast. While going over the speed limit is not an option (or wise) in many RVs, the song will surely get you excited about reaching your destination.

Before you hit the road for your cross-country summer road trips, stop in and see us at the Capital RV Centers in Bismarck and Minot. We’ll help you get prepared with everything from RV service to camping supplies.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your RV

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The spring travel season has begun and that means there’s no better time to do some RV spring cleaning than now. Before you hit the road for your upcoming adventures, use these helpful spring cleaning tips to ensure your RV is ready for another travel season.

Start with the Exterior

Washing the exterior of your RV is one of the best ways to determine if it suffered any damages in the winter months. Examine your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel’s exterior, on top and bottom, in search of cracks, separation, gas or other fluid leaks.

When washing the exterior of your vehicle, use a specially-formulated RV soap and a hose with a power nozzle. Make sure your towels and sponges are debris-free before use. Wash your RV in the shade to avoid pesky window streaks.

Do a Home Safety Check

A home safety check is necessary before hitting the road. Test the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and check your fire extinguishers to ensure they’re in a convenient location and in proper working condition. While performing your home safety check, remove any excess items from the interior of your RV, including supplies you no longer use or ones that are only needed in the winter months.

Review Your RV One More Time

Before you hit the road, it’s important to make sure all of your RV’s accessories and appliances are in proper working order. Check your tires for cracks or damages or have our certified service professionals determine whether or not they should be replaced.

Stock up on all of the supplies you need for entertaining, cooking and cleaning, so you’re prepared for all of your upcoming spring and summer adventures.

Let Our Service Professionals Take a Look

The best way to ensure that your RV is ready for the road is to bring it to our certified RV professionals at the Capital RV Centers in Bismarck and Minot. Give us a call or stop in and see us to set up your service appointment.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North Dakota This Year

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North Dakota may not be the first place that comes to mind for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. However, the state is overflowing with St. Patty’s Day parades, events and family-friendly fun. Fire up your RV and cruise to the Peace Garden State for these must-visit upcoming events for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

Fargo-Moorhead St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Cruise to downtown Fargo for the annual Fargo-Moorhead St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The event will be held before the holiday on Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m. Visitors can find free parking for the parade in all city-owned lots; however, no parking will be available on the parade street of Broadway. Bring all of your family and friends to watch the hand-crafted floats, performers, marching bands and so much more.

ShamRockin’ the Bakken Taste of Williston

The ShamRockin the Bakken Taste of Williston event will be a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration held on March 17. The event, taking place at 3601 Second Ave. W., in Williston, will feature local restaurant owners, grocers, caterers, and other foodie talent, preparing their best Irish eats for visitors from across the state and the country. Visitors can sample the delectable array of foods between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Runnin’ O the Green

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Irish way with a St. Patty’s day pub crawl in downtown Jamestown. The event’s participants, also known as runners, dress in their best St. Patrick’s day attire and drink a beverage at every establishment. This fun-filled day of Irish drinks, costumes, events and eats will take place on Saturday, March 19, and is one that shouldn’t be missed by Jamestown locals and visitors alike.

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the Capital RV Center in Bismarck, N.D., when you’re cruising throughout the state in your RV this March.