Indoor RV Park Thriving in N.D. Oilfield Area

December 2, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Indoor RV Park Thriving in N.D. Oilfield Area

When a group of Minnesota partners announced they were planning an indoor RV park to house North Dakota oilfield workers, the idea prompted mixed reactions.

“So many people thought we were crazy,” said Louis Bonneville of Carlton, one of the park’s owners.

But, according to a report in the Duluth News Tribune, for workers such as John Coffer, who has spent North Dakota winter months in his RV and once got stuck inside when the door froze, the option to move his camper indoors was a pleasant change.

“It’s nice to step out of your RV and not step into a pile of snow,” said Coffer, a natural gas plant operator.

The North Dakota Indoor RV Park recently expanded near Watford City, and the owners have turned down offers to replicate the concept elsewhere, said Bonneville, the park’s managing partner.

The park features a series of 10 insulated and climate-controlled buildings that can house 236 campers.

Eight of the buildings have been full for the past three months and two that were recently built to accommodate 41-foot RVs “are pretty much spoken for,” Bonneville said.

The park did see some tenants leave during the summer, but some who tried to return as cold set in discovered that the park was full, Bonneville said.

Owners anticipate that next summer the facility will stay full so tenants don’t lose their spots. In addition, the park recently added 70 outdoor spots will serve as a “holding area” while tenants are on a waiting list, Bonneville said.

The indoor spots cost $1,250 to $1,450 a month in the winter and $1,000 to $1,300 a month in the summer with all utilities included. The outdoor spots cost $900 a month with water, sewer and electricity included.

RV parks in the North Dakota oilfield often charge $800 or more per month for rent, but electricity and propane are typically not included.

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