Visit Banff National Park this Summer

Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies

RV travel is about exploring new places and undertaking new adventures, and one of the most majestic countries in the world is just a border away. Canada is packed with scenic parks, bustling cities and some of the best sites in the world for RV travelers. And one of the country’s most famed sites is the historic Banff National Park in Alberta — an outdoor wonderland that is also Canada’s oldest national park.

About Banff National Park

Although Banff’s claim to fame may be its age (it was established back in 1885), its most incredible features are far beyond its years. Banff spans roughly 2,564 square miles in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is one of the most scenic national parks in the entire world. It is home to mountains, valleys, glaciers, meadows, rivers, forests, and the famous, aquamarine-colored Lake Louise.

Outdoor Adventures Await

Because of Banff National Park’s diverse natural surroundings, it’s ideal for outdoor adventures of all kinds in all seasons. The warmer months are ideal for backpacking, mountain biking, bird watching, boating, canoeing, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving, and snapping photos of the park’s endless wonders.

Winter offers just as many outdoor adventures as the warmer months with ice skating, ice diving, skiing, snowboarding, ski touring, snowshoeing, waterfall ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and even cozy hot springs to dip into on a cool Canadian day.

Parking Your RV at Banff

Banff National Park is home to roughly 16 campsites ranging from primitive setups to un-serviced sites with washrooms and full electrical sites. There is a dump station at the park that’s available for an $8.80 fee, and campers must purchase a new fire permit each day. Electrical sites are available on the breathtaking Lake Louise and at Tunnel Mountain.

And don’t forget to call the park ahead of time to ensure there is a space reserved for your RV at the campsite you desire.

Start Your Summer RV Adventures Capital RV Center

Banff National Park is a destination that should be on every RV enthusiast’s bucket list. And there’s no better place to get the perfect RV for your summer excursion to Canada than Capital RV Center. Log onto our website or stop by today to choose the perfect motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or pop-up for your fall adventures.

Travel Friendly Flowers and Plants


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.

Fish House Frenzy!

It’s a fish house frenzy at Capital RV Centers. Our entire selection of new fish houses are on sale for $13,900 or less with payments under $150 a month for qualified buyers. These are the perfect vehicles for fishing trips, especially later in the year when they can be used for ice fishing. Check out some of the models we have available and then come in and see them for yourself.

2016 Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf 16GR – New – $22,011 $13,900


Your entire family will want to go ice fishing when you own the 2016 Grey Wolf Fish House. Travelers enjoy safety glass windows, large storage doors, a monitor panel, large overhead cabinets, residential-style appliances, a convertible dinette, a full dry bath, rod storage, eight ice holes, a sofa sleeper, cedar walls and everything you need to stay warm and comfortable while enjoying time on the ice.


The 2016 Cherokee Grey Wolf Fish House is built to last with a durable aluminum skin, v-front construction, a powder-coated rust-resistant frame, 5/8-inch tongue-and-groove plywood floor, 12-inch on average side wall studs, galvanized steel high wind bands, a front stone guard and a long list of other rugged exterior touches.

2016 Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf 14NB – New – $14,995 $10,947


For those who want something simpler, the 14NB is perfect for you. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t for fishing. Utilitarian yet comfortable, the sturdy and functional 14NB gets the job done.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop by Capital RV Center today to check out our fish houses or any other RV style you’re interested in. Tour your favorites and leave with a new RV you can take on your next fishing trip or road trip.

Easter Dishes You Can Make in Your RV


Holiday weekends are best spent in your RV. But cooking an elaborate Easter dinner in your RV may same like a difficult feat. These Easter recipes are easy to make in your compact RV kitchen, but they’re guaranteed to make everyone ask for seconds.

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 russet potatoes (sliced)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Butter a 1-quart casserole dish.
  3. Place half of the potatoes at the bottom of the casserole dish, then layer the onion slices on top.
  4. Place the remaining potatoes on top and season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Stir the flour and salt into the saucepan and whisk for one minute. Stir in the milk and cook until the mixture thickens.
  7. Stir in the cheese until it is fully melted.
  8. Pour the cheese mixture over your potatoes, and cover the casserole dish with tin foil.
  9. Bake for 1.5 hours, and enjoy.

Sweet and Savory Ham

What you need:

  • 2 cups honey
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 ready-to-eat ham (5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Score the ham and insert the whole cloves into the cuts.
  3. Place the ham in a tin foil lined baking pan.
  4. Use a double boiler to heat the honey, syrup and butter into a glaze.
  5. Brush the glaze onto the ham, then bake the ham for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  6. Keep the remainder of the glaze warm and baste your ham with it every 15 minutes.
  7. Turn on the broiler to caramelize the glaze for the final 5 minutes of cooking.

Visit Capital RV Center

Before you hit the road for the Easter holiday, bring your RV by Capital RV Center. Our certified technicians will ensure your RV is ready for another camping season.

Tips for DIY Renovations in Your RV


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!

Experience One of the World’s Most Unique Festivals in North Dakota


Taylor, North Dakota, is a small town (only 148 some folk call it home), but it plays host to perhaps one of the world’s most unique festivals each year in July. The Taylor Horse Fest is all about celebrating the horse and its special connection to those who work the land. The festival also celebrates the legacy and important role that horses have played in North Dakota and their place in history as a whole beyond the state.

Celebrated over the course of two days, the main attraction is the main street parade where both locals and visitors showcase their horses and their horse-drawn vehicles, from coaches and buggies to wagons and trailers. Riders both big and small, young and old ride horses down the street and the variety is enough to satisfy any horse lover. Besides horses, you’ll also spot the occasional donkey or mule.

Festival goers can also enjoy roadside vendor stalls, horse-related demonstrations, see a live blacksmith at work, and catch some live entertainment. There are plenty of food stalls out if you get hungry and souvenir stalls if you want a memento.

After the parade, you can head out to local fields to see practical demonstrations of how horses help people. You can watch horses help plow a field, harvest hay and transport it, and other tasks that would have been impossible without them before mechanized machinery.

There are also horse training seminars, old farm equipment exhibits, a pie social, and kid activities (like a petting zoo and amateur roping).

The festival is set to take place on July 29th and 30th this year.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop by Capital RV Center before you visit Taylor for the Horse Fest or any other summer trips you plan to take this year. We can help make sure that your rig is in good shape for travel and that you don’t encounter mechanical issues.

No-Mess Breakfast Bread Bowls


This is a fantastic recipe for a number of reasons. It’s easy to make, it doesn’t make a big mess to prepare, it’s customizable (you can add pretty much anything to it), it can be made ahead of time (handy if you need to feed lots of people), and it can be eaten pretty much anywhere, whether at a picnic table or while on a hike deep in the woods. They’re also filling and delicious to boot.

No-Mess Breakfast Bread Bowls


  • 4 bread rolls (soft or crusty)
  • 4 small slices of ham, or 2 big ones cut in half
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Cut the tops off the bread rolls.
  3. Scoop out the center and reserve. To be neat, use a small knife to cut a round outline before scooping out the center.
  4. Line the bread bowl with a layer of ham. Try to use one whole piece if you can because then there is less chance of egg seeping through and being soaked up by the bread.
  5. Crack in an egg.
  6. Top each with 2 tbsp of mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of parsley (optional).
  7. Put the top back on each roll. Wrap with foil and place in oven to bake for ~15 to 25 minutes. Take a peek at 15 minutes to check them. 15 minutes = runny yolks. 20 minutes = firm just cooked yolks. 25 minutes + = very cooked yolks.
  8. Remove from oven, unwrap and serve immediately.

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Stop by Capital RV Center to tour a new or used RV and to find the one that’s right for you. If you’ve already got an RV, but need it checked, contact the service department at Capital RV Center to schedule time with a technician.

Visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Replicas of traditional native American houses

One of North Dakota’s best state parks, Fort Abraham Lincoln combines outdoor recreation with history. Rich in both military and early Native American history, the fort was once an important infantry and cavalry post. In fact, Fort Abraham Lincoln is where Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry camped and supplied before their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at Little Big Horn. Portions of the fort, including the Custer House, have been painstakingly reconstructed.

If you’re interested in early Native American life, there’s the On-a-Slant Indian village with reconstructed earth-lodges that depict the lifestyle of the Mandan Indian tribe, who occupied the site between 1575 to 1781.

A modern campground is located in a scenic wooded area adjacent to the Heart River with picnic sites and playground equipment. Walking along the gently sloping hills, visitors have a panoramic vista of the Missouri River from the park’s nature and historic trails. Amenities include water and electrical hookups, an RV dump station, showers, cabins, a coffee shop, visitor center, historic buildings, interpretive tours, and horse corrals.

Nearby attractions that you can explore include the state capitol, North Dakota Heritage Center, Fort Rice and Huff Indian State Historic Sites, Raging Rivers Water Park, Standing Rock National Native American Scenic Byway, and Old Red Trail Scenic Byway, to name a few.

Visit Capital RV Centers

Don’t hit the road until you’ve stopped by Capital RV Centers. The service department at Capital RV Centers, with locations in Bismarck and Minot, are standing by to help make sure that your RV is in good traveling condition. If it’s time to shop for your next RV, come by and tour the units in our inventory and find the one that’s perfect for you.

Spring Break Destinations in the South


Warm weather, beaches, and southern hospitality are the makings of an incredible spring vacation. Fire up your RV and cruise to one of these three awesome destinations in the south, and you’re guaranteed a spring break your family will never forget.

Charleston, South Carolina

When you’re looking for a southern beach vacation that offers far more than sand and waves, Charleston should be on your list. This historic city by the sea offers a vibrant downtown scene with historic houses, award-winning restaurants, shopping to fit every taste, and a nightlife that’s tough to beat. And for those days you want to spend soaking in the sun, nearby Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach offer sand, the sea, and a fun beach atmosphere.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach has grown from a small Florida beach town to a hot warm-weather destination, but it hasn’t lost its charm. Cocoa is the perfect family destination with the excitement of gorgeous beaches, easy access to Cape Canaveral, deep sea fishing, eco-tour adventures, waterfront dining, a vibrant nightlife scene, and so much more. Even better, the weather is warm year-round in the Cocoa Beach area, so you can head there in February, March, or April and practically be guaranteed comfortable spring break temperatures.

Tybee Island, Georgia

The south is full of fun coastal destinations, but Tybee Island is one that every RV travelers should visit at least once. The island’s close proximity to Savannah puts city life within reach, but if you want an isolated beach vacation, you can have that too. Enjoy water sports, dolphin tours, cute beach shops, tasty restaurants, the Tybee Lighthouse, amazing fishing, and countless other adventures at one of the East Coast’s favorite beaches.

Start Your Adventure at Capital RV Center

There’s no better way to start the best spring break ever than with a new RV from Capital RV Center. Before you head south for spring break, be sure to stop by Capital RV Center to make sure that your RV is road ready.

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.