7 Things I Love About Oilfield Camper Life




I’ve been back in North Dakota for about six weeks now and I’m finally starting to settle into a routine. I’m feeling more and more comfortable with camper life every day and I’ve really been thinking about all the things I love about living in an oilfield camper. So, for today’s post, I thought I’d share with you some of the really awesome things about living in an oilfield camper.


1)      Lots of Family Time- Before Will and I moved here to be with Jacob our family was apart for several months at a time. The opportunity to be able to spend time together as a family is the number one reason I chose to live in the camper. While we don’t get to see each other much during the week, I love that the three of us are together for dinner in the evening and get to spend quality time together on the weekends.

2)      Quick Clean Up-After trying to keep up with a good sized house and a large yard I love that I can clean from one end of the camper to the other in 30 minutes tops.

3)      Time To Work On My Own Projects – When I lived in a house in a large city there was always something to distract me from working on my own projects. Out here at the camper lot there are only a finite number of things I can do. With limited choices projects become not luxuries, but necessities.

4)      A Unique Environment  For Homeschooling – I love that there are so many things here that we have been able to incorporate into our homeschool day. We’ve done several of our lessons at the lake recreation area just up the road and since Jacob’s company has a shop here at the lot we’ve even been able to incorporate some of the things that they do when they are working around the lot into our lessons.

5)      Experiencing New Lifestyles and Cultures-I love that by living here we are experiencing such a different lifestyle than what we came from. And experiencing the day to day commerce of the oilfield firsthand is truly fascinating. We also happen to live on the MHA reservation and Jacob and Will have been lucky enough to learn some really interesting and unique things from the folks who live here.

6)      Being A Part of History- For better or for worse living here makes us a part of something that will no doubt go down in the history books. Who knows how they’ll write the history of this boom, but it’s kind of exciting to think my descendants will someday say, “Our great great whatever lived there in a camper during the North Dakota oil boom.”

7)      Spending Lots of Time Outdoors- You can’t spend all your time inside the camper so we’ve been spending more time outdoors these days than we ever did back home and I love it! Whether it’s going outside to do a craft project or spending the day swimming and hiking at the lake it seems like we are almost always outside.


So, now that you’ve listened to me wax poetic about how wonderful camper life is, let’s get real. The truth is, while I love being able to have my family together, camper life is not all roses and daisies.

In my next post I will be discussing the things about camper life that are not so fabulous. So, if you’re considering life in an oilfield camper be sure you keep an eye out for my next post so you can get an idea of what you might be in for!

If you’re already living in a camper please leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite things about camper life are!

About chelsea

Chelsea is mama to 4 year old Will and partner to her oilfield man and best friend of 16 years, Jacob. She splits her time between the family’s camper in the North Dakota Oil Patch and a small urban homestead in Kentucky. Chelsea writes about the family’s camper adventures at www.talesofanoilfieldgypsy.blogspot.com. She is a batik artist and loves teaching others about the art of batik at www.beautyofbatik.com. She can also be found working on her other sites www.chelseaniehaus.com and www.urbanagricultureinfo.com. In her moments of spare time she enjoys knitting, sewing and gardening.


  1. I’ve been living in a 30ft fifth wheel with my husband since January. The most negative experience I’ve had is when we first moved in it we did a rookie’s mistake and ran out of propane during the -40f weeks. All of our plumbing shattered. Luckily I’m actually a plumber with the National Guard so I could fix it, but I was also a couple months pregnant so I didn’t want to be around the chemicals. I would do everything except cement the piping and had to wait for him to come home to do the cementing. It took almost two months and in the meantime we had to shower at gas stations. Not fun! I agree that one of the best things is the amount of time it takes to clean up.

  2. Danielle Mills Succop says:

    We are settling into ours finally! Talk about rookie mistakes….OMG!! We have never owned an RV and knew only what we had researched on Good Sams and other websites. When we got settlex into the park here in Loveland Colorado we “assumed” that since we were hooked up to sewage that we just needed to open up the tanks and let it flow out. Wow. …it took two weeks but we backed the sewage up. I bought a plunger….thinking it was just a like at home. Um NEVER USE A PLUNGER IN A CAMPER! I tried using the sewage flush on the camper….nothing. What a mess. I then ran to the store bought gloves and a snake that hooked to the drill….got NOWHERE. My husband decided we needed to try a blow bladder….that just made a BIGGER MESS! FInally after bailing crap for three hours I finally got everything disinfected and shut the bathroom for the night. Roto rooter couldn’t get us until the morning anyway. We got up and noticex a “guy” that does RV repair was in the park. After flagging him down, he ran through everything we had and were doing all wrong and sold us a great tool and explained WHY you NEVER leave your black tank open. DUH!! LOL….WOW WHAT A WAY TO LEARN!

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