RV Living Tips | Thank you for coming back for part two of the RV Prepper episode with David Helm talking about living in an RV trailer.

In this Episode on RV Living Tips:

  1. RV Treatment by Others on the Road
  2. How Truckers Treat RVers
  3. RV Safety Concerns
  4. RV Security Measures
  5. Urban RV Security Concerns
  6. About RV Prepper

RV Treatment

Brian Duff: Now, when you’re driving an RV, whether it’s your new truck and trailer set up, or whether it’s your… You know, when you’re in your bus, how did you find that people treated you? Did you find specific areas and what I mean is what their road courtesy was? Were certain areas different than other regions when driving around the country? What was your experience with that?

David Helm: Wow, that’s a great question. If you’re in the Atlanta metropolitan area, there is no road courtesy like out in Los Angeles and Chicago, things like that. They’ll cut you off in a heartbeat, and you’re going to stop on a dime and you just can’t.

Brian Duff: Right.

David Helm: There were a few stops sometimes in some of the metropolitan areas that I think three sheets of notebook paper, and we would have had contact.

Brian Duff: Oof.

David Helm: So yeah, oof was right. But most of the time in the Midwest and out here in the Mountain West, they seem to be very courteous of it. They give you space and the room, and they know that you can’t stop them that quick, especially when you have a lot of tourists out here for the short tourist season. There is, they want them here, but they don’t want to meet them in a crash here. So they give them space because they’re afraid of them, especially when people have rental units and they don’t know how to drive them, to begin with.

Brian Duff: Oh yeah. Right.

David Helm: But it’s a lot like what happens to the truckers, and you watch the truckers get cut off. They do the same thing to RVers, and I think, you know, “Suck it up, old man. You can stop that thing if you need to” and you can’t.

Brian Duff: Yeah. I wonder how many don’t even know that somebody else is there. I mean, they know that there’s, Hey, there’s a vehicle next to me, but they have no concept that it might take you a while to get stopped, and so they pull in the middle of you, you know.

David Helm: I think you’re dead on the money right there. I mean, they don’t have a concept to it. Remarkably, people don’t pay more attention to what they’re doing, but they’re so preoccupied with everything else, and you said it best about texting and the phones and stuff.

David Helm: When you are sitting higher up in a bus, and even in a taller truck, you can see people going down the road reading books, reading the newspaper, texting on the phone. I mean doing all kind of things. And it’s just like, Holy smokes, I need to get away from this person. It’s scary what they’re doing out there.

Brian Duff: Driving down the highway now and you look around you, you tend to see people swerving back in the day on Friday and Saturday night at about 10 p.m. or later, and now, it’s all day long. You’re watching people go into the emergency, the breakdown lane, whatever you want to call it and just all over the highways because they’re sitting there texting or watching videos.

Brian Duff: I always liked that one, watching a person driving down the highway watching a video, you know. You’re like, “Oh, man. It’s-“

David Helm: That’s scary.

Brian Duff: Yeah. I mean-

David Helm: Oh, wow.

Brian Duff: What’s the weight behind, you know? I mean, even a small car, that will kill people. Oh, come on.

David Helm: Yup. You know, when I first started driving as a kid, my father was a high ranking military officer in the intelligence level in the army. When he handed me the keys to the car, he says, “This is the same thing as a loaded gun, it’s ready to kill.” I was kind of like. That took all the fun out of it, but okay, I understand it. I had to approach it that way.

Brian Duff: Yeah. Yeah. No, they are. People don’t understand it. I mean people do understand, but I think they forget because they’re so comfortable driving sometimes that they forget to remember how afraid they were when they started driving because it is such a big responsibility.

David Helm: Oh, man. When I switched to this fifth wheel, I was like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, nervous. When we were first driving at the first time with the fifth wheel behind us, I was like, “Oh Lord, please help me. I don’t know if I can,” this feels weird. Then within about an hour, the comfort factor kept going up and up and up.

Brian Duff: Right.

David Helm: And you have to look out for what’s in front of me, what’s behind you and especially what’s beside you. And so take that little area that way.

How Truckers Treat RVers

Brian Duff: Yeah. Now, you were mentioning people treat you like the truck drivers. How did the truck drivers treat you as an RVer or a fifth wheel hauler?

David Helm: That’s another excellent question. 50-50 is what I call it. I’ve had conversations with our son about this is that when a truck is coming past me, I’ll illuminate my bright lights off and on to let them know they’re clear to pull in front of me, and sometimes they’ll reply by flashing their flashers, which means thank you. Other times they don’t do anything for you, but they’ll cut you off just as fast as a car will, and sometimes they’ll even laugh.

David Helm: A prime example. I pulled into a truck stop last summer, and it was over in North Dakota, and a trucker had come by me and cut us off, and we pulled into the area right next to him, and we got out and everything else. He’s laughing. He says, “Yeah.” He says, “I bet you are just like wanting to stamp on the brakes and drive like just crazy because I cut you off back there.” I said, “Well, it wasn’t very courteous.” He goes. “I didn’t mean for it to be courteous.” I said, “What did I do to you?” “I hate RVs.” “Okay, whatever.” You’d have people like that, you know?

Brian Duff: Yeah. Yep. It is just cantankerous. It’s just a jerk to be a jerk, but okay.

David Helm: Yep.

Brian Duff: Hey, there’s that karma thing, and all that stuff that goes around comes around, so we’ll see. Yeah.

David Helm: Right. For the majority of the time, the truckers will give you all the room that you need because the last thing they want to do is take 80,000 pounds-

Brian Duff: And stumble.

David Helm: And hurt somebody or go off in the ditch from it.

Brian Duff: Yeah. Do you remember the song back in the ’70s I think, late ’70s or mid-’70s? It could even be earlier, but it is the Phantom 109.

David Helm: Oh yeah, exactly.

Brian Duff: Yeah. The legend of Phantom 109.

David Helm: Well, that’s going way back.

Brian Duff: Yeah. Right?

David Helm: You’re not old enough to know this stuff, aren’t you?

Brian Duff: Maybe a little bit. My dad is a diesel mechanic, man, growing up and so I spent a lot of time around trucks, and we had friends that had a little vacation home that they let us use it, and he’d get to it. It was just nothing but driving around trucks. So I always kind of loved the whole convoy back in the day.

David Helm: Oh yeah, rubber duck.

Brian Duff: Rubber duck and the song convoy and all that stuff. So yeah, I’ve always had to like trucks. I think it’s kind of, you know. I believe for truck drivers in a lot of ways; it’s a lot more complicated now than it was.

David Helm: Sure.

Brian Duff: Competition out there and everything that’s going on. But man, to be able to get on the road and when you’re tired, stop and jump in the sleeper and do your thing. I don’t know if you want to call it a romantic side of the truck driver life, the good-looking side. I’m sure when they’re sitting on their butt for hours, day in, day out in the back of that truck or driving that truck that they’re probably going, “Yeah, I wouldn’t mind doing something else.”

David Helm: If those wheels aren’t turning, they’re not earning. That’s what they’ll tell you.

Brian Duff: Yeah. Yeah, definitely.

David Helm: Yeah.

Brian Duff: Yeah. It’s interesting to see with automation and all-electric vehicles, what that’s going to do to that industry. But, well, I guess we’ll see how it goes.

David Helm: Yeah.

Safety Concerns

Brian Duff: What are some of the biggest unplanned for expenses when it comes to just money pit stuff with RVs and trailers and all that?

David Helm: Oh, wow. That’s opened up Pandora’s box. The biggest thing that you don’t plan on is a tire blowout, and it happens a lot on travel trailers and fifth wheels because most of them are built and the tires that they put on from the OEM side are not substantial enough ply to handle the load that you’re going to pull. And people don’t anticipate. They cannot drive these things as fast as they would typically drive a car because they have speed ratings on them.

David Helm: So you’ll see a lot of blowouts on travel trailers and fifth wheels. Especially with the toy haulers, and I’m not singling up the toy haulers, but people that buy toy haulers have toys. They like to go fast, more power to them, but they will drive 75, 80 miles an hour down the road and that goes beyond what the speed rating is on the tires on the trailer if they haven’t upgraded them, and they probably have it overloaded.

David Helm: I mean I can go into forever for weight management like what we talked about, but they will lose those tires, and the tire will blow out. But it’s not just simple as the tire going flat. When that tire blows out, it tears up the underside of that trailer, and it does the same thing to buses, too. It’s catastrophic to it. If you survive it, okay, and that’s the big one, surviving it, then you’ve got significant damage, and it’s not just 300, $400 tires. Some of the tires on the bus were $680 apiece, and I had six of them on there.

Brian Duff: Whew. Wow.

David Helm: So for say a 14 ply tire on a trailer that I have right now, which I’m going to change those too probably a 16 ply next year maybe, these 14s are pretty good, but most of them come with six to 10 ply tires, and they’re about 130 to $140 apiece. You have to go up an entire weight rating if you’re going to be serious about this or you’ll be on the side of the road with one blown out.

David Helm: I saw one happen. It was probably, Brian, back about April. We were only just a short RV trip, and the tire blew out on this guy’s fifth wheel, and he was overloaded. You could watch the truck backend sag, and the front was just all out of alignment. When I heard about it at the body shop level from where he took it to, the guy that I knew there, he had $2,900 worth of damage from one blown-out tire.

Brian Duff: Oh, wow.

David Helm: Yeah. So it gets pricey at that.

Brian Duff: They tear up the whole undercarriage on the back of it.

David Helm: Yep, sure did. Yep, sure did.

Brian Duff: Wow.

David Helm: Usually, the other things that’ll give you fit on an RV is going to be the air conditioning systems, the generators, and the refrigerators. A lot of people want to put the residential refrigerators on these RVs. Okay, that’s great. But you got to understand it’s a lot of weight, and we go back to that weight thing again. But you’ve got to have a generator running all the time to keep it cool. It’s not going to survive off of batteries unless you put in a huge bank to be able to do that 110 all the time.

David Helm: So most of the RVs, and I bought ours, we bought ours with it capable of being able to run off a propane battery or 110 and that’s what we had in the bus and it worked for us and it keeps everything cold enough for us, but I know that I can run it on propane with a little bit of battery power to it to run the fans. I can run that without hooking anything up to it for about six days before I run out of battery power. So if I have the solar panels on there, it will never run out of energy, and it will just keep going. But those things-

Brian Duff: Now, how big is that?

David Helm: Oh, this one is 12 and a half cubic feet.

Brian Duff: Oh, so pretty decent.

David Helm: Yeah, it’s got side-by-side doors in it for the refrigerator and the freezer, and then the freezer is in two sections. The fridge, when you open up the two doors, it’s all open to everything, and it holds a considerable amount of stuff. Then we would travel with the two of us plus the two teenage girls when they were still in the house, and I could fill up enough stuff to go ten days with them, and I had tons of room, and it kept it cold.

Brian Duff: Yeah. I mean that’s probably living pretty large. So if like there was something where you’re going to have to live in it for an extended time, you would take, like you said, with the water, right? Just more management.

David Helm: Sure. I’ll freeze a couple of one-gallon water jugs, and when I go to start the refrigerator up, I throw those jugs in the fridge, so it doesn’t have to work so hard to get the temperature down. Then as we’re out on the road, I’ll cycle the jugs up into the freezer and let them get frozen again, then I’ll put them right back down in there.

David Helm: The freezer keeps my ice cream frozen when I want it, my huckleberry ice cream sandwiches that I love so much, and it keeps my beer cold down in a refrigerator, too. So I set the beer down by the gallon ice jug in it. It’s nice and chilly.

Brian Duff: That’s an excellent idea. I hadn’t ever thought of that. Freezing water, throwing it in there and then just swapping it back and forth in your freezer must keep your power usage pretty, pretty minimal.

David Helm: It does. It helps reduce power usage. It’s incredible how much it did it because when I didn’t do it, it would suffer. It would take a long time for things to get cold in there. When I started doing it that way just by accident, it was like out of frustration and boom, and I probably cut my power consumption in half.


RV Security Measures

Brian Duff: Wow. No, that’s great. When it comes to safety concerns, a couple of things I’ve noticed you said here is the patience to do things, right. Pay attention to your tires, possibly change them out and also weight management. Are there a couple of other things that are pretty important when it comes to safety with the RVs and trailers?

David Helm: Absolutely. It’s keeping your storage areas locked up. You know, you go to these campgrounds, and everybody’s out there and supposed to be friendly and fellow RVers and stuff, they’ll rob you blind in a heartbeat. You make sure you keep your things locked up. Now, a lot of people have this romantic vision of being in a pristine and wild environment or waking up to the sounds of the birds singing and the soft noise of water gently flowing over the rocks in the river bed.

David Helm: It’s what many of us, RVers consider Valhalla. It’s the ultimate. And it’s out there for you to see and experience, but there’s always somebody out there that’s wanting to take advantage of that unsuspecting person out there and that camper and that RV and you have to prepare for it. You got to pay attention to your surroundings, just like what you do in the urban environment.

Brian Duff: Sure. Now have you had any personal issues with stuff that you’re willing to talk?

David Helm: Well, sure. We haven’t been burgled or robbed at this point, but we pay attention to the people around us, and we’ve had people come in and start looking in windows and testing the side doors when we’ve been in truck stops and stuff. You make a noise, and they trot off.

David Helm: Probably one of the places, the scariest to camp when you’re on the road is a Walmart parking lot, and Walmart is very gracious and letting an RVer stay overnight. If you go in and ask and shop a little bit in areas where they’re still allowed to do that by law. And that’s something you should remember in the future, but you got to pay attention because they attract some of the worst people coming in to take advantage of people camping there.

Brian Duff: Oh, now have you heard stories about that?

David Helm: Oh, I’ve heard stories about that where people have woken up the next morning and their vehicle, they were towing behind them was gone.

Brian Duff: Wow.

David Helm: It takes a lot to disconnect one of those things and to do it quietly. And they’ve been where they’ve gone in and made everything out from underneath it on the side of the RV that was away from the general public view, and it was… Yeah, they’ve had the fuel siphoned out of their vehicle while they were sitting there. So you think about a guy in a big RV and a bus, it’s got diesel tanks and somebody come up and will siphon out 50, 60 gallons of diesel fuel out of it. That takes quite a bit of time to do, but there’s nobody out there looking out for you.

Brian Duff: Sure.

David Helm: Especially if it’s one of those stores that’s out in the area that you d Now, a lot of locations, Walmart has a roving security guard, and they take care of you out there but not every place.

Brian Duff: Right. So you need to make sure you secure your vehicle a lot like you do your house, you know. I mean do you have-

David Helm: Absolutely.

Brian Duff: If you don’t put anything on it, you make a more desirable target. What I always tell people is security features don’t do a lot once a thief tries to break in, because thieves know they can get in and out in less than 10 minutes, usually under six minutes and be very happy with what they get. So what you’re doing is you’re making a deterrent to hopefully get the bad guy to go to somebody else’s house and think twice about yours. I imagine it’s the same with RVs.

David Helm: Yep. I’ll tell you what I have an alarm system. It’s incredibly elaborate on the RV, and I had it on the bus as well, and it’s two paranoid ankle biters. They will hear a leaf rustle two counties away and alert to it when we’re out on the RV. I mean they’ll relax, and they’ll go to sleep, but they are always cocking that ear and listening, and when somebody is coming up close to it that we know is not supposed to be there, one of them will let out a low, low guttural growl. And at that point, I’m up, and I’m looking out windows.

David Helm: It’s easier to look out the windows in this fifth wheel than what it was on the bus by far. It’s got a lot more windows, a lot more. So I’ve got about a 270, 280-degree view that I can have in the RV really fast, and the only place I’ve got a blind spot is up in the forefront nose that goes over the top of the truck. So that’s the one place that I have to pay attention to on that. Other than that, I’ve got great vision everywhere.

Brian Duff: Besides your little barkers there, are there any reasonable security measures to consider for RVs? I mean whether it’s, I don’t know, motion detection lights. I imagine you put them on there, but I don’t know a whole lot about it.

David Helm: Yeah, motion detector lights are great. Do you know these little small cameras, these that have come out that you can use at home that runs off a battery? You can get them on a couple of online vendors and their names. It’s like the ring system, but it’s not the ring. It’s the other ones.

Brian Duff: Okay.

David Helm: They have those available out there that will alert your phone, and I’m getting ready to probably order some of those, not only for the house in addition to what we have already but also for the RV because we can be away from it because it works all cellular, and if you’ve got a cell signal where you are, it will alert you when somebody who’s coming close to your unit, to your rig.

Brian Duff: Now, do you like a mesh net where links to a cell phone, you know? It will do that. Because if you’re somewhere where you may not have cell reception, that might be another option as long as you’re within line of sight or something.

David Helm: Yep. I happen to do that.

Brian Duff: Oh, great.

David Helm: As soon as you get into the cell range and it hits, it’s pinging you.

Brian Duff: That’s awesome.

David Helm: My next-door neighbor has his, and he called me from out of town, and he says, “Hey, are you home?” “Yeah.” “Somebody is looking through my front window.” I said, “Well, why don’t you just tell him to go away.” He says, “I’m not there.” He says, “Hey, can you stick your head out and talk to him.” So yeah, it was an older man. He was looking through the front window, and he actually had the wrong address, and I just about gave the old fellow a heart attack. I felt sorry for him after I scared the hell out of him. [crosstalk 00:20:52].

Brian Duff: He’s not down in Texas. He’s not down in Texas. Somebody [inaudible 00:20:56] shot him possibly, but-

David Helm: Yeah, exactly. They do the same thing in Montana. I guess I was kind.

Brian Duff: Now, when it comes to safety and security for RV, so we had the patience, tires, weight management, keep things locked up, security system and pay attention. Anything else significant out there that you can think of?

David Helm: No, not really. That’s about all there is it that you can do with it. It’s not very sophisticated when it comes to that. It’s just paying attention to what you have and making sure you get things put away.


Urban RV Security

Brian Duff: Right. Now, when you’re in an urban setting, are there considerations like parking? What does that look like for you?

David Helm: Oh, it’s always tough. When we go into a city area, like we’re going to be going to, let’s say going back to Minneapolis to visit our daughter over there. It’s at school, and we know we have the RV and we’re going to go down to visit her at the campus and won’t be checking out and checking into the campground yet. With the bus, I knew I could drive to a specific point, park in a shopping center, parking lot, disconnect the car, and we could ride over in that — the fifth wheel. I don’t know so much. It’s going to add a different twist to it. There’s not a lot of places that you can take them, a lot of the urban areas and downtown and park them. That’s the significant challenges.

Brian Duff: Right. Well, I guess one thing that’s good with a fifth wheel, it’s. You know, down in Georgia, I had two utility trailers stolen out of the yard and a third taken out of a buddy’s yard where I put it, because I thought it might be safer over there, but I don’t imagine most thieves are running around looking for fifth-wheel trailers and have the ability to hook up to them like they do the utility trailers. But still, if they rolled down the road with your stuff, that’s everything you got in it is gone.

David Helm: Exactly. They even have people that do go out and search some of the storage yards that are fifth wheel capable of being able to take them. Most of the time it’s bumper pull travel trailers is what they’ll grab because they can hook up into those real fast to be gone. A fifth wheel takes a little bit more, but they make a locking system that you can put around the pin box, the pin that goes into the fifth wheel plate itself. Is it going to stop them if they want it? No, but it’s going to take them a lot longer to do it, and most of the time, they’ll damage the pin trying to get it off.

Brian Duff: I looked into what they used to call the boot. I don’t know what it’s called in other parts of the country, but when the parking enforcement comes around or something like that, there was a car that had a whole lot of tickets. They’d put that boot on it on and seal up one of the tires so you couldn’t drive it. I was kind of thinking that wouldn’t be a bad thing if you had the room for it. If you ever leave, then you just put that on. It’s not like those things are easy to get off. So-

David Helm: No. They make them. You can those pretty readily online. The trick of it is if you’ve got a two-axle trailer, you want to make sure you have two of them so they have to take two of the tires off and I would put them both on one side because you’re not going to be slinging around spare tires with it. I mean there’s a spare tire underneath, but it takes forever to get the thing down. So if they decided they wanted to take one tire off, you know.

Brian Duff: I don’t think anyone that’s trying to steal a trailer is going to sit there and try to chop one of those off thinking that… I mean it just looks just too bad, you know. What are you going to do? Like ah, you know.

David Helm: Exactly.

Brian Duff: I don’t know. Do you know? I wonder how long it takes to get one of those boots off if you know what you’re doing.

David Helm: With the new reciprocating saws and the metal blade, probably less than 30 seconds.

Brian Duff: Oh, no, kidding.

David Helm: Yeah. You know, you remember the club that you put on the steering wheel when those things came out?

Brian Duff: Yeah.

David Helm: Are you old enough to remember those?

Brian Duff: Oh, I remember the club.

David Helm: I remember watching a lady pulling up into the Town Center Mall in Marietta, Georgia, and she put one of those on her brand new Jaguar XJS. Beautiful car. And she went into Sears, and I was walking in behind her. She parked right next to me, and I came out about 20 minutes later, and she’s standing there in her parking space just crying and on the ground laid the club in two pieces, and the thieves got in with a hacksaw, and they hacksawed through that club.

Brian Duff: Oh, wow. I know when the club first came out, one of the measures that thieves were using to defeat it… and for those of you who are listening, if you don’t know what a club is, it’s this contraption that had ah… It was a big metal bar with a black handle on it. I think they probably still sell it some places that had a couple of hooks that you hook onto your steering wheel, so they couldn’t technically drive it.

Brian Duff: Well, then they started cutting steering wheels and just popping off cutting the club. But one thing they would also do was they’d bring whatever aerosol can that they had that was running liquid nitrogen kind of stuff or the stuff used to freeze off moles. They come in there, and they’d freeze the heck out of the lock, and they’d smack with the hammer and crack the lock, and they do it that way, too.

David Helm: It would just shatter. Yeah.

Brian Duff: Yeah, yup.

David Helm: It was amazing how they all come up with that. If they would do that much type of thinking for good instead of evil, think about where this world would be.

Brian Duff: Oh, heck yeah. You know, I mean it was when my house got robbed back in, I don’t know, almost ten years ago now. I had my keys in a locked box. Never once did I think someone will pop it with a screwdriver and break the lock, you know?

Brian Duff: So it makes you think when you go to Walmart or Target, and you buy a lockbox, and you’re like, “Oh yes, I got my keys locked up.” No, you don’t. No. All it takes is a screwdriver to pop those little flimsy key boxes.

David Helm: Right. Absolutely, correct.

Brian Duff: So easy to band, easy to break, easy to break into because all you need to do is put a screwdriver or a little pry bar in there and that locking mechanism is not going to hold up.

David Helm: Yeah. It’s just when it comes to those things; you have to take those extra measures and realize that it’s a lot like gambling. I mean you decide how much money you’re willing to lose and that’s what you’re going to put out there if somebody goes across the lock and takes it. You try to calculate what you’re willing to lose.

Brian Duff: Well, in my case, I went, and I secured a closet door. A closet was on one corner of the house, and I had my gun safe and everything in there because hey, they’re going to have to get them safe. They’re going to have to take the door off the hinges because I had this door all secured. Nah. They just cut right through the middle of the door and popped the door open, went and took my safe and literally rolled the safe out the house.

David Helm: Did they?

Brian Duff: Yep. So, we do all this stuff. Now, in full disclosure, I had not anchored it down yet, and when I spoke to the cops about that afterward, they said, “Yeah, you can anchor it down, and it does help. It delays them.” But my dad’s house got robbed a few years ago out in California, and they went under the house and cut the anchors off and rolled it and rolled his safe out the door.

David Helm: Holy smokes.

Brian Duff: This one isn’t a gun safe. It was safe, safe. And so it’s super easy. They don’t have to practice breaking your safe, cracking in anything, and spending time in the house. They already have a plan. “Okay. When we find it, and it’s anchored, you go underneath, cut it, we’ll do this,” and they’re out quick, man. So yeah. It’s tough to outthink a thief.

David Helm: It’s incredible. I think it’s hard to outthink them. That’s for sure.

RV Prepper

Brian Duff: Yeah. Anyhow, we’ve been taking up almost an hour now, and so we’ll go ahead and get this wrapped up, but before we get going, give us a spiel, man. Where can everybody find you and when can they find you out on online and give us the whole rundown on everything you got going there.

David Helm: Sure. You can find us on Libsyn. It’s [email protected] You also can come up and find us on YouTube, and then on YouTube, it’s listed under RV Prepper. There’s a few of them that are out there, but it’s something that you can do. My email is [email protected], and if you want to reach out to me on that, I answer that quite regularly. The website is not up and running yet. It hasn’t been a high priority, but I guess I need to make it that way.

David Helm: What we try to do is make it where people can thrive and survive while they’re out on the road, and it’s an educational process. So we’re going to have stuff on YouTube as far as videos. I’ve got a couple of things on there already, and we’re doing this podcast out of passion. I don’t make any money from it, and we decided if we never make a dime from it, that’s okay. It’s helping other people out and trying to make it where people enjoy their RVs a little bit more, but they also have to understand to be prepared, be prepared to take care of themselves.

Brian Duff: Right. Now, that’s good, and I think that’s important that you get out there and that you’re doing a podcast in the point of passion. It’s like with me, I’ve had offers to monetize podcasts, and I’m not doing that. It’s about getting information out. I love it. I love the people that are listening. If you want to support RV Prepper and other podcasts that are out there that do have things going on over on YouTube, go and watch their YouTube channels because YouTube does monetize it.

Brian Duff: Obviously, we know there are problems on demonetizing and all this stuff that’s going on, but support your people over there because they can earn money off that. As you know, David, podcasting is not cheap. It’s not necessary. To do a quality podcast, if you want to get good audio quality and all that out there to make it listenable, you have to spend money. And Libsyn, as you mentioned, we’re where we host, you have to host your podcast on a server, and David hosts the same place I do. You spend money every month for that service.

Brian Duff: So remember that. It’s not like we’re asking for money. Hey, we’re going to get charged, you know all that stuff. But if you go and you support us on our YouTube channels, that could help down the road. So thank you, everyone.

David Helm: Absolutely.

Brian Duff: All right, everybody. That’s Episode 84 the Mind4Survival podcast with David Helms of RV Prepper. Now, make sure you go over and show David some love over on RV Prepper on Facebook. And hey man, if you liked this episode, go ahead and share it, and just so you know, I’m breaking this down into a bunch of clips that you’ll find over on the Mind4Survival YouTube channel. If you happen to be over that way, go ahead and check in on out. As always, until next time, stay safe, secure, and prepared, and remember you’re just one prep away from being better prepared.

Brian Duff: Bye for now.

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David Helms (RV Prepper)

Content Creator for RV Prepper Podcast and RV Prepper YouTube channels.

35+ years in the Transportation Coatings Industry with an emphasis on Aviation, Marine and Heavy Duty Truck

ASTN/NCATT Certified Instructor specializing in Aerospace Coatings Application

45+ years as a visual creator in still photography and film production. Client list includes (but not limited to) 3M,DuPont Performance Coatings, PPG, Valspar/Sherwin-Williams, SATA/DanAm

Avid practitioner of the prepping lifestyle specifically around the RV Industry.

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