Although this presents a new challenge for RV Parks in making sure that their parks remain a clean and safe 'travel' atmosphere, it has also served to keep occupancy rates high and allowed for improvement projects to be funded more easily. At Hidden Valley we've found that this new generation of working travelers are very clean, quiet and considerate and most have very nice RV's. They comprise mostly men and a cross-section of both administration, foremen, helpers and laborers. Some travel with their wives but many reside in their RV's Mon through Friday and travel home to their hometowns on some or most weekends. Our experience has shown that they are from many different industries but all having increased employment here due to the oil industry boom. Jobs range from construction related (building stores, hotels, housing, etc to service the new Texas residents,) truckers who haul in equipment and haul out the chemical laden soils after being blasted to those who labor in the fields themselves.
Rvers are also heavily involved in workamper opportunities at gate guard companies where they park their RV, share hours with their mate, and guard oil rig gates and check in trucks and workers who are allowed on the site. The number of gate guard companies can no longer be counted on your fingers and provide a means for full timers to support their lifestyle.
Hidden Valley RV Park wants to thank all our guests for their loyalty this past year and continuing into the winter/spring season and are especially grateful to the new segment of our visitors who have become RV Park regulars...the oil boomers.
We are likely to hear a great deal more news about fracking as well as about how the oil boom is affecting the RV industry, so stay tuned!