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Old 11-03-2012, 02:08 AM   #1
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We're not looking to sell our AS, but were just wondering if anyone has had any luck selling in the oil shale areas of North Dakota and Texas. Both areas are desperately in need of housing, with some living in tents.

Of course, hookups may be in just as short a supply, but having an AS would be half the battle.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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We're not looking to sell our AS, but were just wondering if anyone has had any luck selling in the oil shale areas of North Dakota and Texas. Both areas are desperately in need of housing, with some living in tents.

Of course, hookups may be in just as short a supply, but having an AS would be half the battle.
Living here in ND all my life, having full blown aluminitis, watching the brisk pace of oil activity, and I have not seen many AS around at all. I think they are about as rare as hen's teeth around here. If anyone knows different, I'd like to know....I'm still looking for additional ones to adopt.
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With classifieds here and E-bay and Craigslist search engines, there is national market for Airstreams... At least a half dozen dealers sell all over US via websites, and buyers will often travel more than 1,000 miles for good used models.. If you are oping to find one locally probabilities are low, though never zero.. To o local, try WBCCI chapter or local Air forum rallies and lots of networking... Oil workers likely to spend less for 5th wheel or SOB box trailer...
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I work out here in West Texas in the middle of the oilfield. RV parks are springing up all over the area, anywhere from a few trailers to many. Rent goes for about 40 to 700 a month, most are just a place scrapped out in a field with hook ups. In all I have seen only one AS, a very old model that is pretty well set up permanent. Most of the people needing a travel trailer needs something they can buy for a quick cash deal at a low price. Many of the old Fema trailers are showing up selling in the 4 to 6K price range. We are also starting the see oilfield camps which consist of prefab skid mounted housing that will house several hundred men. Heard on the radio this morning that an oil company bought a local housing complex and gave all the tenants 30 days to move out. To say the least, it's pretty crazy. I've been in the business for 40 years, worked all over the world and lived in every kind of SOB, prefab, knockdown, tent, shipping container, & hootch. I think that's why I appreciate my old Airstream so much.
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I see them occasionally in worker camps. Usually tired '70's models that may have already been "in the field" serving as camps on a hunting lease.

Gate Guards even have a few: my favorite being a fairly new Bambi on TX-97 just east of Cotulla. The roof is completely taken up by a 15k A/C unit plus a motorhome-style radome housing a rotating satellite dish. The dust in that area is not for the faint of heart.

A few miles away is an otherwise nice 345 moho with a round trampoline balanced on the roof as a sun shade for the A/C units, and another propped over the doorway serving the same function at ground level.

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Some of those gate guards are retired folks working for extra income. They get paid a daily fee to provide their camper, therefore tend to have some pretty nice rigs. It can be fairly lucrative in some situations. 24-7 on the gate could get real monotonous.
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It's actually not lucrative (quibbling over word choice) for, at $125/day on a 1099 (where one pays the employer share of taxes; self-employment at 22% plus) it's almost fair. Luckily the state and Feds are going after this kind of abuse.

Some are making $150/day, and some more (multiple rigs through the gate), but the work rate goes up substantially.

It's some tough types who can do it through the summer. Two roof units barely make a dent in the heat.

And the dust can be horrendous depending how far west one is in the 400-mile wide, 50-mile deep Eagle Ford Shale.

I do enjoy popping the brakes and talking with GG's. This time of year and into April they tend to be from all over the US.

Yes, it's a decent way to make more money for travel, etc. And I've met locals (Texans from not so far away) who've been with the same drilling rig for years.

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