6 Tips For Choosing A Camper Lot



The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, it seems that spring has officially begun and as things begin to warm up in North Dakota many families are considering pulling up roots and heading to the Bakken oilfield to look for work. Some families will be lucky enough to be provided housing by the company they end up working for. However, for others it will be necessary to seek out living arrangements on their own which may mean living in a camper lot. If you are planning on heading to North Dakota with your family and your camper in tow here are a few tips to ensure you find an appropriate location that can accommodate your family’s needs.


  1. Make sure you know where you are going to be working before you choose a camper lot. If you are going to North Dakota for the first time without a job already lined up then, if possible, wait until you find a job before you rent a lot space. When you find the job make sure you ask the company if they have locations they recommend or if they have a location set up for their employees somewhere before you sign a rental agreement. The Bakken covers a wide area and you want to avoid renting a lot slip several hours away from the place where you will ultimately be working.
  2. Ensure that the lot has all the amenities you require. A few important things to consider when looking for a camper lot include laundry facilities, heated water hydrants, adequate sewer outlets and shower facilities. Make sure that these amenities are accessible year round or that you can work you camper set up to make sure they can be used year round.
  3. Check out the lot at different times of the day to ensure that it is the appropriate environment for your situation. No matter where you live, it’s always a good idea to get a feel for the neighborhood before you decide to make a move and a camper lot is no different. Remember that a camper lot during the day is very different than a camper lot at night. If you are moving with your family you will want to ensure that you feel the lot is safe for all members of the family.
  4. If you have pets make sure that you know the lot policy on pets and that other occupants follow it. Just because they have a policy does not mean it’s enforced and even if you follow the policy and tether your pet as required, if other lot occupants don’t then you or your pet could be in danger.
  5. If possible, check out the available slips before you choose one. You will want to make sure that you will be compatible with your neighbors. You will be in close quarters with them. If they are drinking under your bedroom window while you are trying to get your kids to sleep then you’re going to have problems. Spaces on the ends and back of the lot provide a lot more privacy than spaces in the middle. Choose wisely!
  6. Read all the fine print and know what you’re signing when you sign you rental agreement. I’ve seen some truly strange clauses in lot contracts that I’ve never encountered in any other rental situation. In one situation, assuming the lot agreement was a relatively straightforward rental agreement cost our family a lot of money. Don’t make this mistake. Read carefully and if you think something looks strange, don’t be afraid to ask about it.

Are you considering a move to North Dakota this spring? I’d love to hear about your plans! Already been living the camper life for a while? Leave a comment letting us know your tips for finding a camper lot space! Best of luck to those of you traveling to North Dakota this year and warm wishes for a great spring to those of you already there!


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. Hi Chelsea,
    Great advice! I blog for the Grand Forks CVB, and am always looking for other North Dakota blogs, which is how I found your posts/site a few months ago. Thanks for the wonderful guidance, which we’ll share with those in “the east.” I am looking forward to continuing following! Take care.

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