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Virtual Boot Camp

We’re holding the first-ever Virtual Boot Camp! It’s everything you learn in RVers’ Boot Camp brought to an online format. Our Escapees Safety & Education Director, Jim Koca, will present each 45-minute session live followed by a 15-minute Q & A. If you miss part of a live session or want to review the info again, the video will be available for replay at any time.

Meeting the instructor and other students is part of the fun, so we’ll also be hosting two group video calls where everyone can chat and ask questions. Expect some other friendly faces to pop in! Everything will take place in a private Facebook group, so you’ll be able to chat with the other students, Jim, and other Escapees staff throughout Boot Camp.

We may not be able to hold an in-person event, but we still want to make sure you have an opportunity to learn everything you need to know about maintaining and operating an RV safely. That’s why we’ve decided to bring Boot Camp straight to you.

Virtual Boot Camp Details

We’re breaking up Virtual Boot Camp over two weekends to make it easier for everyone to attend. We know you don’t want to be in front of the computer all day. Live sessions will start at 9:00 am Central and run until around 1:00 pm Central. On each Sunday, there will be a group video call at 3:00 pm Central. And remember the videos will be there for you to watch or review all week. You can catch up and ask your questions on your time.

The current schedule is:

  • Sat June 20, 2020
    • Welcome – Introductions and how the course will work
    • RV Water Systems
    • RV Electrical Systems – Part 1
    • RV Electrical Systems – Part 2
    • Personal Safety
  • Sun June 21, 2020
    • Weight Management
    • Choosing your Perfect RV (elective)
    • Propane Safety
    • Fire & Life Safety
  • Sun June 21, 2020
    • 3pm Round Table Zoom call
  • Sat June 27, 2020
    • Driving the RV
    • Focus on Towable RVs (elective)
    • Focus on Motorhomes and Towing (elective)
    • RV Systems – Dirty Water
    • RV Systems – Other Stuff
  • Sun June 28, 2020
    • Staying Connected on the Road
    • So you want to Full-Time RV
    • RV Tire Safety
    • Final Questions / Farewells
  • Sun June 28, 2020
    • 3pm Round Table Zoom call

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A computer, smartphone, or tablet
  • A good internet connection to stream live videos
  • A Facebook account (Virtual Boot Camp will take place inside a private Facebook group)
  • To participate in the group video calls, you’ll need a webcam and microphone (often automatic in a laptop, smartphone, or tablet).

How Virtual Boot Camp will work:

  • Everyone will join a private Facebook group where the videos will be livestreamed.
  • You can ask questions by commenting on the live videos.
  • Each topic will have a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q & A.
  • All live sessions will be available immediately for replay within the group.
  • Each Sunday, we’ll have a group Zoom video call to socialize.
  • The instructor and other Escapees staff will be in the private Facebook group and continue to answer questions for at least one week after Virtual Boot Camp.

You’ll still get the classroom feeling and personalized attention that you expect at RVer’s Boot Camp. Jim, your instructor will walk you through each topic, you’ll be able to ask questions, and you can chat with your fellow students.

This unique version of Boot Camp is being offered for only $197. This price is for both solos and couples. You can register for Virtual Boot Camp by calling 936-327-8873 before June 12th.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this event. We can’t wait to see you there!


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, investigating the causes and consequences of vehicle collisions. This 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, including 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.

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