LAX pilots call RVs 'home away from home'
The RV industry knows how the economy can affect business. Now, workers from another industry that has been hit hard by the recession are turning to RVs for temporary housing while on the job.
The Wall Street Journal reports that many airline pilots, flight attendants and mechanics are now commuting to their jobs away from their permanent homes and their families. Instead of relocating, some workers at Los Angeles' International Airport (LAX) have turned to RVs as temporary housing while they're on the job.
"We're just a bunch of professionals living away from home, doing the best job we can and being safe at the job," airline mechanic Steve Young, who lives part of each week in an RV, told the newspaper.
LAX has set up a mobile home community for workers in one of its parking lots. Parking is limited to 100 RVs at a time and workers pay $120 per month to park there.
Users say living in an RV part-time is more economical than staying at hotels or sharing an apartment.
But it's not a luxury campground. There are no electrical or water hook-ups available and residents have to drive to get their propane tanks filled.
"I never thought I would be here, but pay cuts force us to be frugal," said one pilot.