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When RV salesman Jim Weber arrived in Minot, N.D., from Idaho, he couldn’t find housing, so he chose a different route, KFYR-TV, Bismarck, N.D., reported.
“Basically, I stayed in an RV for six months,” said Weber, who has since found a house.
Weber’s temporary housing solution is becoming quite common, especially for Minot newcomers. As a result of the influx of people, RV dealers like Swenson RV in Minot are seeing an increase in their sales.
“It’s getting really big; we’re running out of room for our trailers,” said Emily Carlton, who works at Swenson RV & Equipment.
While many of the city’s newest residents choose to stay in a hotel, some seek shelter that makes them feel more at home.
“You come home after a long day and you want to relax and have a nice cooked meal instead of having it in the microwave,” adds Carlton.
Nathan Swenson, one of the managers of Swenson RV, is definitely enjoying the boom, and he’s seeing numbers rise more and more.
“We had a 30% increase in sales from 2009-2010 and we’re projecting another 30% increase in 2011,” said Swenson, who adds that some of the RVs can go as low as $100 a month with a payment plan.
While hotel life is convenient, and can be a bit cozy, the cost of lodging can add up over time.
“Staying in a hotel every night, you’re going to pay just as much if not more,” said Carlton.
With the oil boom staying high and camping season around the corner, sales associates at Swenson aren`t expecting RV sales to go anywhere but up. Their RV camping park is 85% full with oil workers and keep in mind it’s February.