Being Prepared for Anything in Your RV


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.

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Irish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

A freshly baked loaf of Irish soda bread

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your celebration. These easy-to-prepare St. Patrick’s Day dishes can be made in the comfort and convenience of your RV, so you won’t have to miss out on your favorite Irish foods just because you’re traveling this time of year.

Irish Soda Bread

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup margarine (softened)
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • Additional 1/4 cup buttermilk

Baking instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven 375 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet lightly.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, sugar, baking powder, margarine and salt together.  Stir in the egg and 1 cup of buttermilk.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, turn the dough out, kneading slightly. Form it into a round and place it on your baking sheet.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine 1/4 cup buttermilk and the melted butter. Brush the loaf with this melted butter mixture. Cut an “X” into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.
  5. Bake the soda bread in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes.

Irish Potato Farls

What you’ll need:

  • 4 medium potatoes (peeled and halved)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 pinch salt

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cover the potatoes with water in a large pot and bring them to a boil over high heat. Simmer on medium-high until the potatoes are tender (20 minutes).
  2. Drain the potatoes, then mash until smooth.
  3. Place mashed potatoes in a medium bowl and stir in the flour, melted butter and salt. Mix until a dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten into a 9-inch circle. Cut into quarters.
  5. Cook for 3 minutes on each side in a floured skillet. Season with salt and serve hot.

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Exploring Jamestown

buffalo outside of Jamestown, ND

Jamestown, North Dakota, is the perfect base of operations as you explore the heart of the North Dakota prairie. With a rich history, stellar outdoor recreation opportunities, and plenty of small town charm, Jamestown is sure to delight you and your family and friends.

If you’re traveling in an RV, you’ll probably be on the lookout for some outdoor fun. Local campgrounds and RV parks offer you full hook-ups. After you set your RV up at your site, Jamestown offers plenty of recreational opportunities.

You can hit the hiking and biking trails in the area, from an easy one mile paved walk around a lake to a challenging eight mile trail.

The area is home to numerous lakes, the most notable of which include Jamestown Reservoir, Pipestem Dam & Lake, Spiritwood Lake, and nearly twenty more lakes. Most have swimming spots (Jamestown Reservoir has two good public beaches), weather permitting, and are also good for fishing and boating. There are also several indoor and outdoor pools for public use.

There are two 18-hole golf courses, two disc golf courses, and a number of public parks with various attractions and amenities.

If you’re into nature watching, there are three wildlife refuges in the region, which notably serve as home for herds of American Bison. These are Arrowwood, Chase Lake, and Halfway Lake National Wildlife Refuges. Those more interested in birdwatching can catch over 300 species of birds. Chase Lake has one of the largest white pelican nesting colonies in North America, while Arrowwood is a breeding ground for migratory birds.

There’s also the National Buffalo Museum, which documents and exhibits the history of bison from prehistoric times to the present. They even take care of a herd of bison, which includes a rare white buffalo.

Jamestown further pays homage to the bison with the World’s Largest Buffalo Monument. The enormous buffalo statue, called Dakota Thunder, looms over visitors. The monument is part of the larger Frontier Village attraction, which is a small street of relocated historic buildings from the original Jamestown. These buildings are filled with authentic antiques and artifacts that showcase early life on the North Dakota prairie. The village includes Louis L’Amour’s writing shack, a Northern Pacific Railroad Depot from 1880, stagecoach and pony rides, and a Wild West Shoot-Out show.

The downtown area includes plenty of shopping and dining options. Many shops offer handcrafted local treasures so that you can take a piece of North Dakota’s prairie with you. Be sure to grab a bite at Depot Cafe, Frontier Fort Bar & Grill, or Spiritwood Resort, among other restaurants.

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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!

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.

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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.

Easy and Quick Cinnamon Rolls for RV Camping


These cinnamon rolls taste like something you’d make at home, but they’re quicker and easier to make when you’re out on the road in your RV. The next time you stop at a campground or RV park, try making them as a special breakfast treat for your family and friends. They’re sure to perk up any morning and get everyone excited about the day ahead.



  • 2 and ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package instant yeast (1 packet = 2 and ¼ teaspoons)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg


  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk or coffee


  1. To make dough: In a large bowl, mix the flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast together until evenly dispersed. Set aside. In a small microwavable bowl, heat the water, milk, and butter together in the microwave until the butter is melted (about 30-45 seconds). Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and knead with hand or mixer for 3-4 minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky. Place in a lightly greased bowl and let rest for about 5 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and turn off after 10 minutes or just before placing rolls in oven.
  3. To Make Filling: After the dough has rested for 5 minutes, roll it out in a 15×9 inch rectangle. Spread the softened butter on top. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle it all over the dough. Roll up the dough tightly and cut into 9 (large) even piece. Place in a lightly greased 9-inch or square pan (or cut into 12 small pieces and place in a 9×13 pan) and lightly cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  4. Turn OFF the oven and place the cinnamon buns in the oven to rise for 20 minutes. Keep the buns in the oven (remove the foil or plastic) and turn on the oven to 375F. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and top with glaze.
  5. To make glaze: Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 2 Tablespoons milk together until smooth and lump free. Drizzle over warm rolls.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Best RV Destinations in South Dakota


South Dakota has a number of great sites to visit regardless of the season. If you’re RVing in the Dakotas this winter or spring, don’t forget to dip down into South Dakota and check out some of the best destinations the state has to offer.

Badlands and Black Hills

A quintessential American landscape, Black Hills area is noted for its beautiful spires climbing impossibly high into the sky, and its gorgeous gorges, setting the mood of an old western and bringing you back to the days before any white person set foot on South Dakotan land.

The area is loaded with incredible sights, including waterfalls and wildlife. Home to six national parks and historical areas like Deadwood and Wounded Knee, Badlands National Park houses the immense memorial-in-progress for Crazy Horse.

The lakes here are wonderful whether you like to boat, fish, or just park by the water and have a few drinks while watching the sun set over the trees. You’ll want to bring your camera, as there will be plenty of things you’re going to want to see again and again.

The nature trails here are enough to keep you busy for years on end if you ever want to take a serious trek. If not, there are plenty of short trails that will take you along some beautiful scenery for your lunch break.

Whether you’re an American history buff, a lover of nature, or just an RVer looking for an inexpensive way to spend the winter, spring, or summer, the Black Hills area is perhaps the best you’re going to find in South Dakota when it comes to combining fresh air, mountain living and old western appeal.

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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.