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Indoor RV Park Proves to be a Hot Spot to Camp in Oil Country

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Hundreds of people are living in crew camps and RV camps in western North Dakota.

There's around 6,600 people doing just that in McKenzie County, but one RV camp is proving to be a hot spot to set up shop.

"I think it was a great idea, there's people that really appreciate it, they just can't live outside around here in the winter time." says Kathy Bonneville, North Dakota Indoor RV Park.

Kathy Bonneville's son is the owner of North Dakota Indoor RV Park.

It's been open since August of last year.

Around 240 RV'S are parked inside these large climate controlled units.

"None of these RVs are made for a snow load, or the wind we get out here, so keeping it inside, keeps it protected, a lot of these RV are brand new, people want to keep them brand news." says Bonneville.

"I think we're all close-knit, reminds me of being in the army, because we're all here for the same purpose and nobody really knows nobody." says Tomi Ballard, moved here from Arkansas.

Tomi Ballard moved here from Arkansas in June because her husband got a job.

Although she says she never thought she'd be living like this, her husband is making good money and she gets to stay inside.

"They say by our research, butane is hard to come by in the middle of winter, and I'm kind of a fluffy girl, and I wasn't going to get up there and sweep my snow off everyday." says Ballard.

Tomi is now also working here.

She irons clothes for other residents.

Aside from Tomi's expert ironing, the indoor RV park also offers a laundromat, mail service, and a commons area.

"We cater to families out here so a lot of families are here, we run background checks so a lot of our children are protected, I think that helps to know it's a safe place to live." says Bonneville.

Safe, and with winter fast approaching, a well-sheltered place to live as well.

"It's going to be my first winter, back in Arkansas it's only 32 degrees and that's cold! They telling me below zero and I'm like, well I'm just never going to leave the door." says Ballard.

They are adding two more buildings to accommodate 40 foot RVs.

That should be finished next month.

Rent costs from one thousand dollars to 1450 a month, depending on the size of RV and what time of year you move in.

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