Tips for Outdoor Cooking


When you’re out in your RV on the road, you’ll likely make good use of your RV’s kitchen space. That said, you’ll probably make equal use of the great oudoors to cook your meals in. Cooking outdoors when you’re in a spectacular natural setting, like a national park, is part of the joy of life on the road in your RV. While cooking outdoors over a fire might be more difficult, the taste of the food is more than reward enough to justify the effort. In any case, these tips will help make outdoor cooking less of a chore and more of a joy.

Have the Proper Supplies

You’ll want to ensure that you bring along or plan to purchase such things as matches, lighter fluid, a good quality pot and pan, aluminum foil, a portable grate for placing over your fire, and some quality utensils (especially some long tongs for grabbing items out of the cooking area).

Choose Your Method

There are a few tried and true methods for cooking outdoors over an open flame. Direct heat is the most common way to accomplish this, and there are a few ways to go about it. One way is to wrap everything individually in aluminum foil packets and embed these packets into hot coals. The other way is to put your portable grate over the open flames and grill them exactly as you would on your backyard grill back home. If you want to make something that involves a liquid component, like a stew, soup, or pasta dish, build up your fire, let it die down to smoldering coals, then place your pot among the coals like you would a foil packet.

Remember These Helpful Pointers

Some additional pointers to practice include:

  • Cover your pots and pans when cooking outside. The food will cook faster and it will keep insects and debris from contaminating your dish.
  • Make soups and stews in bulk in your largest pot. You can save the extra and reheat for an easy meal later in the week.
  • Measure ingredients ahead of time for your favorite recipes. It will save you time and effort later when you’re tired from a long day of activity.
  • Use all fireproof equipment when cooking over an open flame.
  • Use a bottle of squeeze butter or margarine instead of sticks. It’s cleaner and more convenient in an outdoor setting.

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Unique Halloween Treats


If you are planning a Halloween party, you’ll want some unique Halloween treats. Even out on the road in your RV, you’ll want to celebrate the holiday, especially if these delicious treats are involved!

Halloween Party Mix

  • 1 Egg white, large
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs. Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. Chili powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 5 cups Unsalted popcorn, popped
  • 2 cups Mini pretzel twists
  • 2 cups Roasted peanuts, salted*

* If any of your guests have peanut allergies, substitute another type of nut or more pretzels.


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a whisk, mix the egg white, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, the chili powder and the salt in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss everything together, making sure all of the snack food is coated with the liquid mixture.

Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake it until it’s crispy, about 20 minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice during the baking time. Cool in the pan on a wire rack until the mixture is completely cooled.

Parmesan Bread Stick Brooms

  • 2 1-pound pieces of frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 2 tbs. Milk
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Roll out each piece of dough into a 6-inch by 10-inch rectangle. Flour a chef’s knife and cut each piece into six 10-inch strips. Make 3-inch cuts lengthwise at one end of each of the strips. Keep the cuts about ¼ inch apart. These are the broom straws. Twist and pull the uncut part to form a broom handle. Transfer the broom sticks to the pan, keeping them a couple of inches apart. Spread out the cut ends. Brush the bread stick brooms with milk and sprinkle them with the Parmesan cheese. Bake until the sticks turn golden, about 15 to 18 minutes.

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The Benefits of Full-Time RVing


Living a full-time life on the road is a dream for many RV enthusiasts. However, many travelers don’t know that a full-time RV lifestyle can benefit their overall well-being in a number of ways. The following are four reasons why you should ditch your weekend warrior status and transition to a full-time life on the road.

1. You’ll Enjoy More Freedom

This is the reason you love the RV lifestyle in the first place. It’s your chance to forget about deadlines, reservations and the stresses of daily life. When you live on the road full-time, this sense of freedom becomes a reality. You can move locations whenever you desire, work on your own schedule and even avoid winter entirely. It’s up to you!

2. Live More Affordably

Traveling has a poor reputation of being expensive. However, life in your RV is likely going to be much more affordable than your life at home. Campsite fees, RV insurance, maintenance, and daily meals will be your biggest expenses, but you’ll be able to forget about your mortgage, rent and the overpriced utilities associated with a brick-and-mortar home.

3. Spend More Time in Places You Love

Instead of visiting the places you love for a week or weekend, you can spend months living at each one. If you love the ocean, book a campsite for the month. If you adore the mountains, find a campground and stay as long as you please. The full-time RV lifestyle gives you an opportunity to live the life of your dreams.

4. You Can Be Debt-Free

Selling your home and moving into a motorhome means you can eliminate the debt that has been causing you stress for years. Purchasing an RV also sounds more expensive than it really is. Here at Capital RV Center, we always offer unbeatable deals on new and used RVs, so you can find the RV that suits your travel and budget needs.

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The Benefits of RV Ownership


Buying an RV is a purchase you’ll never regret. Owning an RV means more time spent out exploring, more time with the ones you love and more time to relax. When you commit to the RV lifestyle, whether you travel full or part-time, your life becomes less stressful and more fulfilling.

The RV Lifestyle is Affordable

One of the greatest benefits of RV ownership is that traveling in an RV is more affordable than traveling other ways. Travelers who use their RVs for vacations save big money by not purchasing flights, costly hotel rooms or expensive meals at restaurants. Those who travel full-time have the opportunity to live in a compact space that is far more affordable than the average home. Even utility costs are drastically reduced when you’re living life on the road.

The RV Lifestyle is Simple

Life at home is stressful, but life on the road is relaxing. The RV lifestyle forces you to live in a compact space with the ones you love. Inside an RV, belongings are limited and time spent together is maximized. Stepping away from your busy daily lives helps everyone relax and make memories together.

The RV Lifestyle Presents New Opportunities

Every time you hit the road in your RV, you encounter new people, places and adventures. The RV lifestyle keeps life interesting by presenting kids and adults with new experiences on a daily basis. You may think traveling in an RV will broaden your kids horizons, but there’s no doubt it will broaden yours too.

The RV Lifestyle Keeps You Active

Traveling in your RV means you’re cruising to scenic places, campgrounds and other recreational spaces. When you’re not cruising down the road, you’re outside exploring your natural surroundings, playing games with fellow campers and embracing the great outdoors. Additionally, the compact space inside your RV practically forces your family to get out and explore together.

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Fall Foliage Spots in North Dakota


There’s nothing quite like experiencing the beauty of fall foliage with a scenic drive. Weaving in and around highways, byways, and parks alive with a canopy of colors is one of the biggest draws for travelers.

When you’re ready to take your recreational vehicle on the road for a fall foliage adventure, stop by Capital RV Center for a service call or to pick up an accessory or two for your scenic excursion. We have two locations, one in Bismarck and one in Minot, with complete parts and accessories departments. Once you’re ready to roll, consider these scenic destinations that are sure to please fall aficionados.

Bismarck-Mandan – enjoy the array of colors along hillsides and bottom lands bordering the Missouri River.

Fort Ransom State Park – located 2 miles from Fort Ransom, you’ll travel the Sheyenne River National Scenic Byway lined with the colors of autumn.

Lake Metigoshe – near Bottineau, you’ll be in the heart of the Turtle Mountains and the spectacular views along the U.S.-Canadian border.

Turtle Mountains/International Peace Garden – while in the Lake Metigoshe area, you won’t want to miss one of the most colorful areas during the fall season.

Turtle River State Park – a beautiful park vibrant with fall colors highlighted by bubbling waterfalls.

Pembina Gorge – fall colors abound in this deep tree-covered gorge.

Devils Lake – like Pembina Gorge, the large expanse of open land dotted with trees is a rainbow of color.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park – located in Mandan, the park was the home of the 7th Cavalry. While visiting, you’ll see vistas of tree-lined hills ablaze with color.

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Don’t let the fall season come and go without planning an itinerary to witness the beauty of nature up-close and personal. Whether you need your RV serviced, or you’re in the market for a recreational vehicle, make your first stop at Capital RV Center and we’ll get you rolling in the right direction, fast.

Helpful Tips for Owning a Travel Trailer

Imagine camping in this 2017 Keystone Hideout.
Imagine camping in this 2017 Keystone Hideout.

If you own a travel trailer or are considering purchasing one from your local RV dealership, you’ve probably done your homework and know to have the proper vehicle for towing it and know how to handle it on the road. And you probably know the basics of setting one up at the RV park or campground.

However, owning and operating a travel trailer, as opposed to a motorhome, has its own nuances. Knowing these can help you maximize your experience in your travel trailer.

Learn How to Pack Efficiently

Travel trailers can get pretty large, but even the biggest trailer can’t approach the size of a brick and mortar home. Space is going to be limited. While you won’t be tempted to take the kitchen sink (your trailer already has one!), you might be tempted to take just about everything else with you. Whatever you do, resist that urge. You don’t want to find yourself on the road in a travel trailer that has too much stuff jammed into it.

You also need to distribute weight correctly to prevent things from falling or getting damaged and to prevent possible trailer sway.

Install Electric Brakes on the Towing Vehicle

Not only does an electric brake system provide the greatest control and stability when towing a travel trailer, but it’s also the law in some states. Since the whole point of traveling with your home on wheels is, well, traveling, you may as well get your vehicle to be compliant with laws everywhere across the country so you don’t have to worry about it.

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Stop in at Capital RV Center this fall to tour a new or pre-owned travel trailer (or any other type of RV you might be interested in seeing). Learn more about the benefits of owning an RV and about the specific features of any model in our inventory. While you’re here at Capital RV Center, shop our parts and accessories store or schedule a service appointment with a qualified RV technician.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast for Your RV


Slow cookers are an RVer’s best friend. They let you enjoy all the deliciousness of a home cooked meal without trapping you in the kitchen all day long. When you’re out on the road and set up at a state or national park, who has time for cooking when there’s exploration to be done? Just set this up earlier in the day and come back to a perfectly tender pot roast dinner!

Classic Slow Cooker Pot Roast


  • 1 chuck roast (3-4 lbs)
  • 1 lb baby carrots (or carrots, cut to about 1″ pieces)
  • 1½ lbs potatoes (any variety, cut into about 1″ pieces if necessary)
  • 4 Tbsp homemade dry onion soup mix
  • 1 batch homemade cream of mushroom soup


  1. Place half the potatoes and carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Next, place the chuck roast on top of the vegetables.
  3. Place remaining vegetables on top and around the chuck roast.
  4. Pour homemade dry onion soup mix and homemade cream of mushroom soup over the top.
  5. Cover with a lid and cook on low for at least 8 hours, preferably 10.
  6. Shred meat slightly with two forks, serve hot.

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Stop by Capital RV Center this fall before you hit the road for any road trips. Whether you need to get your rig checked over for the journey or you want to purchase a new or used RV for your trip, Capital RV Center can help.


RV Etiquette On and Off the Road


You’ve just purchased a new RV, or perhaps you’ve had one for a while, and you are eager to take it out for a trip. Jumping right in the driver’s seat and taking off may lead to trouble. Even if you are experienced with driving a large vehicle, there are certain rules of etiquette among RV drivers. Learning these unspoken rules will help you make friends at campgrounds and along the roadways. Most of these rules are based on safety and consideration for others.

Lighting The Way

Driving with your lights on is an acceptable way to keep others aware of your presence. However, this can create a disruption for other drivers if you use your high beams. The headlights from an RV are the perfect height to shine right in the back window of a car. Lowering your lights around other vehicles is the best way to keep everyone focused on the road.

Choose Your Lane With Care

Sticking to the right lane is usually the best idea for RV drivers. If you are moving past a large city, try moving into the middle lane to stay out of the way of merging traffic for the exits. Stick to one lane as much as possible. Constant lane changes raise the risk of accidents, especially if you are driving a large RV with numerous blind spots. Always obey speed limits, especially on curving roads or areas with a grade. RVs with a high profile can tip over if you move too quickly in a turn.

Don’t Intrude

Most of the rules regarding campground life and behavior at dumping and gas stations is summed up in those two words. Remember the needs of others when using a public space. Avoid walking through someone’s camp site or playing loud music when your neighbors are sleeping. Don’t block a fuel pump if you are just running in to use the bathroom at a travel center. Spills are your responsibility to clean. If you are new to the RV life, try practicing your skills at home. Try asking for a demonstration on how to attach your sewage hoses and how to lower the leveling jacks.

Overnight Stops

Many travelers end up between destinations when traveling across the country. There may not be a campground in these small towns, but you can often find a location with a large parking lot that may let you spend the night. Most Walmart stores allow RVs to park for one night. Always ask the manager or owner of a store before parking in their lot. Don’t make a mess, stay more than a single night, or set up your belongings outside of your RV. Treating a temporary parking spot like a camp site is the quickest way to limit your options in the future.

Stop by 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!

Medora, ND: Tiny Town, Big Heart


Sometimes the most memorable destinations are the smallest blips on your map. Medora, North Dakota, is one such case. It may not seem like much based on metrics alone: 100 something residents strong in one of the state’s most remote regions (in a state that most would already describe as remote in itself). But Medora has got a lot going on in it’s little pocket of North Dakota. So much is going on in Medora, in fact, that it’s actually one of the state’s top draws for tourists from all around the world. Just what is it about Medora that people seem to find so fascinating? Here’s why you should go check it out in your RV.

Founded in 1883 on the edge of what would come to be known as Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora packs a potent fusion of natural beauty and Old West charm.

Maltese Cross Cabin, Teddy Roosevelt’s home away from home.

Within the town itself, enjoy the quaint charm as you visit shops and restaurants along the main drag. There’s the Cowboy Hall of Fame to visit, which is home to dozens of informative exhibits that any Wild West lover will adore.

After you’re done exploring the town, head into the adjoining national park. If you’re fortunate, you’ll spot a herd of roaming bison as you enjoy the park’s natural splendor.

Back in town, don’t forget to catch a show at the outdoor theater, Medora Musical, which has the badlands serve as a natural backdrop to the action on stage. It’s a once in a lifetime kind of musical production, so don’t miss out.

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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.

Road Trip Games for the Kids


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.

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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.