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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Indoor RV Park opens.....

Did you read this article? (see below)

This is in North Dakota, so I understand why someone would want to create a place like this.

I would not want to live at an Indoor RV Park, but I am curious about it.

If you are a construction worker or oil company worker and travel around the country but just happen to find a good paying job in a cold climate and don't want to rent an apartment and buy furniture or buy a house only to have to sell it when you move on to the next job, I guess this is a good idea.

Check out the website for pictures, looks like storage units.

Another website is

What about fumes?  What type of ventilation do these units have?

Would you want to live inside a garage?

I thought RV'ing was about being in the great outdoors.

So, the rent is $1300 month x 240 units = $3,744,000 gross per year.   Hmmm, maybe something to invest in? And they are planning on building more units.

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Indoor RV park opens

By Payton Willey Williston Herald | Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 11:23 am
Just five miles north of Watford City lies the first-of-its-kind indoor RV park that will provide relief to those living in their recreational vehicles.
The $4 million complex is owned and funded by B & H Construction and about five individual investors, with Neta Property Management overseeing the project and taking care of finances.
Tyler Sperling, Neta Property manager, said that the idea first started when B & H Construction workers were discussing how they could make a future in North Dakota will living in their RVs.
The park will have 240 units available for RV owners to rent out. There are four lease options available: a year-long lease that costs $1,300 per month, a six-month least that costs $1,400 per month, a three-month least that costs $1,500 per month, and a month-to-month lease that costs $1,600 per month.
“If they’re looking for longer term, or if they need work and are coming here for short term, we can help them out,” Sperling said.
Accepted RVs will be fifth wheels and travel trailers. Spaces will not be rented out for campers. Currently, pets are not allowed, however there may be a pet building available in the future.
Sperling said the complex was expected to be completed by July, however due to construction delays and weather, the new time frame to get the complex completed is in November. Although the complex is not finished, tenants have been reserving units and moving in since Aug. 15. Sperling said that there is still good vacancy available.
The property will include a laundry facility, mail boxes and a common area with pool tables and cooking amenities.
Sperling said the concept for the RV park was to give people living in their RVs a sense of normalcy.
“RVs were made for camping when its hot out, not for winter and snow. You can’t bundle up RVs, and you end up out there changing propane tanks all the time, and it creates a major problem,” Sperling said. “We’re not only preventing (tenants) from having to fight with the weather, but we’re giving them everything their RVs need as well.”
The monthly lease prices cover all of the utility expenses including water, electricity, propane, and the removal of septic waste.
“It’s basically an all-inclusive, long-term RV storage facility that people can live in,” Sperling said.
Sperling said that no construction expenses were spared.
“It’s not your typical construction, all of these buildings are from quality materials,” Sperling siad.
The complex will also have on-site management. Security will include surveillance of the property and tenants will have keys to the locks on the door bays.


  1. I agree, looks like a storage unit. Not my idea of an RV park.

  2. This isn't really an RV park (or not like we think of them). There are absolutely no places to live in that area (I'm from near there) and so all the workers are buying RV's (mainly fifth wheels) to live in. But the winters are brutal and this is a wonderful way for them to survive. Not sure what fumes you're thinking about. They'll have plug ins so they won't be using their generators. I would think the trucks would be parked outside where they can be plugged in so they will start in the cold. So it really is a single floor apartment building just having people bring their own RV. My question is: What is going to happen when the oil fields play out? They expect this boom to last about 15 to 20 years.

  3. It looks like a huge garage to me - I definitely do not want to live in something that looks like that.

  4. interesting concept that would be okay in the cold cold least you wouldn't have to worry about freezing waterlines and such..I guess we will have to see if this new way of 'rving' catches on?..I prefer the great outdoors too..

  5. Might work for oil workers, but not for me. No windows to the outside.

  6. It all has to do with that fracing(sp?) business...I feel so sorry for the people who have lived there originally..I talked with some one from there...the women can't even go outside after dark..another bubble waiting to burst..sorry for the little rant..I hate this fracing bad for the water systems..

  7. Ya know....I think that is just the weirdest thing I have seen in quite some time! I understand why it is practical, but it just wouldn't be for me.

  8. I would go mad if I had to live in there. The price is out of this world. Some one above said there is nothing in the area. I understand these people need to work. But a one bedroom apt. furnished can be had for less. But I don't anything about the area.

    1. I grew up in the area and we spent the summer working about 50 miles from there. There literally are no places to live up there. Oil field workers are "camping" in Walmart parking lots 90 miles from work. A 1 bedroom apartment -- if it can be found rents for over $1500 a month. In some places over $2000. That's without utilities.
      I think the target audience for this property is the temporary worker. They are not "campers" in our sense of the word. Simply people who stay in an rv while they work a job away from home. Given the extreme winter and the pay those folks are making, I'm sure they will be full in no time.

  9. I saw this article earlier today and couldn't believe it but ad Sandie pointed out ... I reckon it's needed but oh baruther ... I'd be claustrophobic

  10. Well, it looks to me like someone has seen a potential need, and decided to try and fill it.
    There's a similar problem in up in Canada, where there's gobs of work, and it pays well, but there's no place to live. I'm referring to the "tar sands" or whatever they call it. It's right up there with "fracking" when it comes to "things I'm not overly keen on". That's all I'll say about that.

    The winters are pretty harsh, so most workers will live in whatever they can find. I'll let you use your imagination.
    Quite often the work involves being on site for "x" number of days, working long hours, and only needing a place to eat and sleep. The "view outside" isn't that important. In a place like Fort McMurray, they can't even get people to work in the fast food joints, even though they're offering close to twenty bucks an hour. There's no place affordable to live!

    Anyone who has decided on the "RV lifestyle", and more notably no longer needs to work, is going to look on this sort of arrangement as a complete abomination. (as would I, by the way)
    But if economic pressure is such that you NEED to be there (and may God have mercy on your poor soul) then this garage living could be an option.
    It would be interesting to see how it all plays out.

  11. Here is a video that explains it. They've dropped the price to 1,100 for bigger rigs & 1,000 for smaller rigs. No motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed inside of the buildings. So that would leave 5vers, TT's or other kinds of detachable trailers. And yes, this is for the oil workers.


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