RV Park Boom in West Texas is Underway
The potential oil boom in parts of West Texas sharing in the Cline Shale formation is creating a housing dilemma for communities that will be affected by oil and gas production.
Several communities are addressing the issue as best they can with new housing and apartment developments, but transitional housing in the form of recreational vehicles has become a speedy solution, according to the Abilene Reporter-News.
RV parks are popping up in several locations, such as the one in Snyder on a 150-acre site on Highway 208 just outside city. Developers even have complemented its stick-built units and lodge-type housing facilities at the site with an RV hookup field.
Rick Young, general manager for Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, said RV sales “continue to grow the last several years with the wind energy and oil energy.”
About 50% to 60% of Hanner RV customers “are to alternative living,” he said.
“There are a lot of RV parks and a lot of new ones being built especially west of here, from Sweetwater all the way to Odessa,” Young said. “There are more RV parks now that I’ve ever seen.”
One such new RV park is the planned development of 24 acres at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Highway 208 in Colorado City by a company called Lone Wolf Creek RV Village.
The spot will have space for 60 RV units as well as lodge-type housing for another 160 residents. The development will include features such as a cafeteria, a club house, recreation room, laundromat and limited housekeeping services in some units, said James Marble, the company’s managing director.
“We are waiting on the permits and we expect to break ground in the next four weeks,” Marble said.
Young said many of the oil and natural gas workers get a daily stipend for housing and they use that money to buy an RV.
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