RVers’ Boot Camp Instructors

Escapees’ RVers Boot Camp trainers are recognized industry experts with more than 100 years of combined knowledge and experience in the RV and vehicle safety fields.

Jim Koca
Escapees Education & Safety Director

Jim is a retired police officer and police academy director with over 40 years of service. He is currently a reserve deputy for Reagan County Texas.

During his career, he specialized in collision reconstruction. This involved investigating the causes and consequences of vehicle collisions. Collision reconstruction has given him a unique perspective on vehicle safety, enabling him to train officers across the country.

He also shares this information with RVers through numerous columns and programs. These include RVers’ Boot Camp and RVers Online University, both of which are operated by Escapees RV Club.  Jim is also a WeighMaster with Escapees’ SmartWeigh program..

Sue Valentine
Educational Instructor

Sue is a retired Air Force officer with 20 years of service.  During her career, she earned a Masters degree in Education. She taught everything from space & missile operations, to Russian language at the Air Force Academy, to electronic warfare in Iraq. 

Sue is a full-time RVer of 12 years. She has lived in a 35’ fifth-wheel, a 30’ Class A motorhome, and now a Class B camper van.  Her current set-up allows her to spend 100% of her time living off-grid, searching out the most amazing remote campsites.

Serving as an Escapees RV BootCamp instructor and as a moderator for several online forums, she shares her expertise in boondocking, personal safety for solo travelers, packing & organization,
power & water conservation for off-grid living, and alternative cooking methods.

Mark Nemeth
Educational Instructor

In 1997 Mark retired from a career in aerospace engineering and took up full-time RVing. Over the next 30 years, he traveled full- and part- time, eventually swapping his fifth-wheel for a Class-A and then a small Class-C RV. During this time, Mark has combined his technical expertise and RVing experience to help fellow RVers get the most out of their RVs.

Mark maintains an RV resource website and is involved in evaluating RV gadget and testing new RV products. Mark writes technical and lifestyle articles for RV publications, and answers RVers’ questions in several published Q&A columns.

He served as the RV Safety Education Director for Escapees RV Club from 2002 to 2017. During this time, he built RVers’ Boot Camp, an educational program that covers RV operation, safety and maintenance through a series of seminars offered during an intense three-day event. This program became the foundation for RVers Online University.

Eric & Tami Johnson
Educational Instructors

Eric and Tami Johnson have been full-time RVing since 2014. Together they own TechnoRV.com which focuses on technology products that can make RVing safer and more enjoyable. They have presented to thousands of RVers on many topics like RV safety, RV technology, and staying connected on the road. They have close relationships with top manufacturers in the RV industry that keeps them up to date on the latest advancements in RV technology and safety. Personally, they are Mobile, Alabama natives and have 3 adult kids.  They love off-roading in their Jeep, traveling, and Alabama football.

George Mayleben

RV Driving School

George and his wife Valerie have been RVing full-time since 2006. George has an extensive background in driving safety and has been the major presenter at RV events.

Automotive safety has been his primary emphasis for over thirty years. The State of Minnesota certified George as a Safe Driving Instructor. His career has consisted of driving everything from a semi to a dump truck and teaching others how to drive these same vehicles.

George is viewed as an expert on RV driving safety, and has used his driving experience to lead RV Driving School, now in its 26th year. To schedule a hands-on driving lesson with George and his team, visit www.rvschool.com .  All lessons are behind the wheel of people’s owned RV because it is believed that this is the best kind of lesson to insure the safe operation of RVs.

RV Safety

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