In Arizona, Bill Ferguson used aluminum foil on the windows of his RV to keep out the heat and sun during hunting trips. Now in his first North Dakota winter living in that RV, the foil is just one layer of insulation keeping out the cold.

“This trailer is not made for the north,” Ferguson said while repairing a frozen septic line on his camper.

In-Forum reported that Ferguson, an oilfield truck driver who moved to Williston in June, has learned a few lessons about how to survive in an RV in the winter, but he’s managed to keep his home warm and comfortable.

“I’m learning,” said Ferguson, who opted to live in an RV due to the high cost of housing in the area. “I think I’m ahead of the game, but I’m learning.”

Before moving to North Dakota, Ferguson spent 21 years as a paramedic firefighter. He said he got burned out and left his position in February as a captain for the Yarnell Fire Department, which fought a wildfire last summer that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters.

Ferguson then spent a couple of months working as a medic in Afghanistan before deciding to move to North Dakota to seek an oilfield job.

Ferguson drove from Arizona to Williston without a job lined up, arriving in town at midnight. At 7 a.m., he was in front of a computer looking for work and by 9 a.m. he was hired as an oilfield truck driver.

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