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Have been considering looking into gate guarding. Wife agrees. Never thought about type of RV being an issue. Saw recent advertisement soliciting GG couples (http://workingcouples.com/job_opening/couples-needed-south-texas-gas-and-oil-industry) and noticed the requirement for an RV included 5er or TT but not MH. Are MH discouraged from these positions or just an oversight by the adeditor?


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Hopefully others with more first hand experience will chip in but this is what I have been told. Some, but not all GG duties are true boondocking. The rig has to be self contained. A MH is normally more equipped to start for this but any rig can be set up right. Also, because they tend to be remote, a TV or toad is practically a requirement, unless you are solo. In that case, plan on staying put. Again, no 1st hand experience here. Just what some folks I met online have said in the past.


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probably has to do with the road conditions more than anything else. there will be some gravel roads, maybe two miles or more which means bumps and dust.


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I've seen MANY gate keepers with motorhomes and even some pop up trailers. Have no idea why they'd care what you lived in. They may not want the unit to be MOVED on your days off but....towed?


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I would say it was an oversight on the editors part. I do know some will NOT hire anyone with a rag tag RV, but never heard the no MH bit. We have been down some pretty nasty roads, one longer than 5 miles, to a site, but always got there in one piece...B


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I too thought it was probably an oversight by the writer of the ad but I thought I would check it out. Thanks for the quick replys.

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We have an older motor home and when we applied for the job, the lady did question me thoroughly on its' condition and appearance. I ended up sending her recent pictures which satisfied her. Like any good business, appearance is important.

At one point, when we took time off, we were replaced by a couple in a FEMA trailer that looked pretty rough. Several comments were made about its' appearance when we returned. They did get another assignment with the company however.

The environment can be TOUGH on an RV. I don't know if I would want a brand new high $$$ MH sitting out on one of these oilfield pads.

I would say whatever you consider, 2 AC units are mandatory if you plan on going through a Texas summer. A generator is also not a bad idea. We have had two failures on our company provided generator. When it is 115 degrees outside, a backup genset is nice.


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I am a Gate Guard and I have a MH a 32' dolphin 1997 vintage. Good shape one though. My husband and I just started a week ago, a gate guarding forum and we would welcome you to visit. It is an open forum with no advertising.
Here is the link: Gate Guard Forum
The only type of rv I haven't seen on a gate is a little 'tear drop' one. Though, even that could be possible, but heck to get out of the dust the oil trucks kick up. He he. Nothing against teardrops just a thought.
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We only have one air conditioner. On the next one there will be 2.
It keeps 1 air conditioner humping and it will still get hot inside. On our next one, 3 slides (we only have two now). It is nice to have big windows on the front of camper so you can see out. Ours has living rm at the door with chairs on the front side. Our kitchen is at the end. On the next one i want it in the middle. So when i go home and grandkids come to spend the night, i want have to walk over the laid out couch to get to the kitchen. We did take one chair out and brought our small freezer this time. I also got a washer & dryer. The dryer is in the back of my nissan. We unload it for use. Would have to put another vent in camper for dryer. Don't want to do that as we are now looking for a 3 slide. The camper do get awful nasty while gate guarding. We are not in New Baden,TX here for another 2 weeks. Spend most of our time around Gonzales,TX.

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Ajones42 wrote:

We have an older motor home and when we applied for the job, the lady did question me thoroughly on its' condition and appearance. I ended up sending her recent pictures which satisfied her. Like any good business, appearance is important.

At one point, when we took time off, we were replaced by a couple in a FEMA trailer that looked pretty rough. Several comments were made about its' appearance when we returned. They did get another assignment with the company however.

The environment can be TOUGH on an RV. I don't know if I would want a brand new high $$$ MH sitting out on one of these oilfield pads.

I would say whatever you consider, 2 AC units are mandatory if you plan on going through a Texas summer. A generator is also not a bad idea. We have had two failures on our company provided generator. When it is 115 degrees outside, a backup genset is nice.


I sure agree with that about not having a high dollar rig at a oil field gate guard site. We just experienced our first job which lasted 3 days while they were dismantling the drilling rig. We will now have to work harder trying to clean all the dust on our trailer and vehicles, and inside the trailer

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