ATHENS, Texas – The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) has finalized the first round of training videos to help educate Jayco owners on the operation of their new recreation vehicles, the school announced today (March 14) in a press release.
There has been an influx of new RV owners entering the market in recent years, said Trey Miller, vice president of marketing for Jayco. The company would rather have its customers spending time enjoying their RVs than trying to figure out, through trial-and-error, how the equipment works or what it is supposed to do, he explained.
“After our new RV owners have completed their dealer walk-through and drive off the lot, we want them equipped with all the useful information about how to use their RVs more efficiently in order to truly enjoy their camping experiences,” said Miller.
For several years, Jayco wanted to expand its video library to provide easy-to-understand and easy-to-access training materials to help owners understand major systems onboard their RV as well as appliances and other components. However, due to steady demand for new units, the company had to allocate more resources to meeting that demand with quality RVs, Miller explained.
So, in 2022, Miller connected with Tony Flammia, NRVTA’s director of sales and marketing, about collaborating on producing training videos exclusively for Jayco products. Last summer, Flammia traveled to Jayco headquarters in Middlebury, Ind., along with Todd Henson, NRVTA’s director of education, and Garrett Syfrett, a contributing editor.
The crew spent a week producing more than 70 high-definition video walk-through orientations concerning Jayco towable RVs. The videos focused on items found on specific Jayco units. That way, what RV owners see on the videos matches the way it appears on their RVs. There is no guessing required to get something to work properly, said Flammia.
“We recommend our dealers highlight specific proprietary features when conducting walk-through orientations, and the videos do that in detail as well,” said Miller. “We specifically zeroed in on our proprietary JayCommand system, which allows users to control various functions in their RVs from a smartphone app or tablet. We know understanding those functions will greatly improve the RVing experience for our owners.”
With videos completed for Jayco towable units, the crew will now focus on creating a similar series for Starcraft and Highland Ridge towable brands and their proprietary TravelLINK Smart RV systems. The project’s next phase will center around producing videos about Jayco and Entegra Coach motorhomes.
“When our customers pick up their new RVs, we know they are excited. However, the amount of information presented to them during a several-hour walk-through orientation can be overwhelming. It’s easy for them to forget some important instructions,” said Miller. “By making the videos available on an app created by NRVTA, customers have a way to review features and information whenever it is convenient for them.”
It was challenging, but rewarding, to produce such a vast library of video information for Jayco, Flammia said, noting the completed videos will be a valuable resource for Jayco owners.
“Having access to the videos will undoubtedly improve the RVing experience of Jayco owners,” said Flammia. “But, if they want more detailed and technical information about how their RVs work, they can get that through the RVTechCourse home-study course. Owners can also attend NRVTA’s RV Fundamentals course, which includes hands-on labs to fully understand how systems work, and ways to troubleshoot common problems.”
Because Jayco owners will have seen Henson in the training videos and already be familiar with his teaching style, they should get even more out of the live training or home-study course, Flammia added.
Miller said Jayco has been pleased with the outcome of the first round of collaboration with NRVTA. He’s looking forward to expanding the library to include other Jayco brands.
“At the end of the day, this large video library provides an essential service to our RV owners. It’s important for them to continue learning as much as possible about their Jayco RVs so they can focus more on having fun instead of wondering why something isn’t working as they expect,” he added.
The Jayco project marks the second collaboration between NRVTA and an RV manufacturer. In 2022, the academy completed a series of training videos for Alliance RV owners.
“We’re committed to developing an entire training curriculum for RV manufacturers that guides owners through an introduction to the RV lifestyle and their new RVs, offers basic instruction on how to use the units, and shows them the best ways to set up RVs to get maximum enjoyment from their purchases,” said Flammia.
For more information about Jayco products, visit www.jayco.com.
For more information about NRVTA’s video production services for RV manufacturers and suppliers, email Flammia at [email protected].
For information about NRVTA’s training programs for RV owners and prospective professional service technicians and RV inspectors, visit www.nrvta.com, email [email protected] or call 903-386-0444 to speak with a student advisor.