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A family joke about living in an RV parked in a pole barn has led a Minnesota contractor to come up with a new housing solution for the Oil Patch: an indoor RV park.

Chad Lekander of Mahtowa, Minn., said he was researching possible business opportunities in North Dakota when he remembered his uncle’s idea to put an RV indoors.

Now Lekander has formed B&H Construction Companies with partner Louie Bonneville to construct an RV park about five miles south of Watford City.

The park will consist of 10 buildings to accommodate 240 RVs and will be managed by NETA Property Management of Fargo.

The goal is to provide a safer, more comfortable housing option for oil boom workers who are forced to live in campers because of the housing shortage, said Bill Triebwasser, president NETA Property Management.

“It’s basically care-free RV living,” said Triebwasser, whose company manages 500 apartment units in North Dakota and Minnesota.

The first 48 units will be available July 1, with another 48 opening every month after that, Triebwasser said.

The developers had to work out some safety issues before the health department approved the plans.

The buildings will have drywall partitions inside to prevent fire from spreading. Each building will house 24 campers with each building separated into eight bays.

Each camper will have water and sewer hookups, and the building will have adequate ventilation, Triebwasser said.

The park also will have laundry facilities and a common gathering room.

“We’re trying to provide a healthy, safe environment,” Triebwasser said.

The developers haven’t finalized the rental price, but say it’s going to be less expensive than an apartment in western North Dakota and comparable to outdoor RV parks in the area. Tenants would have to sign 12-month leases.

“We’re not trying to gouge,” Triebwasser said. “We’re trying to offer something that’s obtainable and make people a little more at ease about the living situation.”

When the buildings are no longer needed to house RVs, they would be ideally suited to be storage units, Triebwasser said.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact ndindoorrvpark@gmail.com or call NETA Property Management at (701) 293-7909.

Campers on horseback at Pacific Dunes RV Resort and Riding Stables

Pacific Dunes RV Resort and Riding Stables

Desiree Harrison has one of the most unusual jobs in California.

As a guide at Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables, she leads horseback riding trips through a lushly forested area that includes a creek that’s inhabited by beavers and frequented by deer, before reaching one of the only beaches in California where people can go horseback riding.

She then takes riders back on another trail that traverses the scenic Oceano Dunes, an 18-mile-long stretch of sand dunes that were once inhabited by the Chumash Indians.

“This is one of only of handful of areas along the California coast where you can go horseback riding through forest, along a beach and cut through scenic sand dunes on the same ride,” said Harrison, who works as assistant general manager of the stables, which generates much of its business from Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort, a 215-site RV park that’s part of the Equity LifeStyle Properties chain.

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FAIRBANKS — The once-common sight of a meandering, RV-driving summer tourist is becoming more of a rarity in Alaska, according to a new survey of visitors.

The survey, dubbed the Alaska Visitor Statistics Program, is commissioned by the Alaska Department of Commerce every five years. The 2011 survey was released last Monday.

Border crossings at the Top of the World Highway, the Alaska Highway and the Haines Highway slipped a combined 26 percent from 2006 to 2011, according to the comprehensive study. The only border crossing to challenge the trend was the Klondike Highway between Skagway and Whitehorse, which saw a 17 percent bump in traffic.

Of an estimated 1.56 million out-of-state visitors, only 69,300 were highway and ferry visitors — a dip of 18 percent since 2006. Overall, the money they spent fell from $111 million to $71 million between 2006 and 2011, according to the study.

Heather Haugland, who is the project manager of the survey conducted by the McDowell Group, said the drop in road traffic disproportionately affects communities in Interior Alaska, which rely more on highway visitors.

“Certainly, Fairbanks has been a victim of that (shift),” Haugland said.

Rising gas prices are part of the reason for the dip in road travelers, tourism officials say, but time also appears to be an issue. Even among retirees, fewer people have a month to spend on a leisurely drive to Alaska and back.

Deb Hickok, executive director of the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “The reality is, the consumer is changing.”

Scott Reisland, the owner of Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, said he’s seen the effects of those changes on his business, and that it stretches back much longer than 2006.

RV traffic has plummeted so much in the past decade that he closed down a 98-space park near Denali National Park at the end of last summer. Only a second RV park he owns, with just 24 spaces, will reopen.

“There’s a lack of long-term time to go on a vacation in Alaska,” he said. “It’s a long-haul destination, and people are staying closer to home.”

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