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Old 08-16-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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Staying at the Houston West CG in Brookshire, Tx. We stay here at least once a year when come to Houston. It seems like every time we stay here there are more and more homesteaders in bedding themselves. Unfortunately in one sense South Texas is being over populated by oil field workers and their trailers. We will be looking for another park for our next trip here.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:35 AM   #2
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I have talked to campers over the last 2 years that have told me that there homes have been foreclosed on and now living in ther camper. It may be me but I don't see how this would be cheaper then a mortgage. I would have sold the camper first.
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I have talked to campers over the last 2 years that have told me that there homes have been foreclosed on and now living in ther camper. It may be me but I don't see how this would be cheaper then a mortgage. I would have sold the camper first.
Maybe the camper's paid for and the house wasn't (thus, the mortgage payment and foreclosure). If so, then their monthly RV site rental and utilities, if not included, would be their only operating expense (other than food, etc. that they would have either place) so long as the camper was parked.

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Anyplace where winters are relatively mild, we have found that many of the places we used to stay (we normally park a month or more in one spot) have acquired a "low rent trailer park" feel because of all the families living in trailers. In areas with construction going on or ongoing storm repair, siding and roofing guys, adjusters, and construction workers are in the majority. The only way we have found to kind of avoid this is to avoid the less expensive, no frills rv parks and stay at those catering to vacationers and transients. The downside, of course, is that these parks tend to be a bit more expensive. State park/COEs are normally not a good option for us as most limit stays to 14 days or less and full hookups suits our needs better.
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Unfortunately in one sense South Texas is being over populated by oil field workers and their trailers.
That's pretty much a fact of life in the oil and gas business. There just isn't enough permanent or even temporary (hotels, motels, RV parks, etc.) housing to support the influx of workers involved in the Eagle Ford shale play.



And, given the volatility of oil/gas prices and the boom/bust economic cycles this industry has historically suffered, the banks are extremely cautious in offering 30 year loans for permanent housing developments when they may be left holding the bag when the market crashes and the workers pack up and move. Therefore, man-camps and RV parks are being built to handle the housing needs of the oil field workers.

The good news is that many of the locals are flush with more money than they've ever seen, so they're willing to put up with the inconvenience.

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First I should add that I am glad the oil and gas jobs are up and doing great. We did find another new RV resort type park recently open up in northwest central Houston called WestLakes RV Resort for about the same price as the current park. That will probably be our new Houston destination.
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