For over 50 years, Jayco has been designing a variety of RV’s, perfect for every adventure! Each model is build with exploration in mind, and is backed by months of research, development, and testing. It is no surprise that the Jayco lineup is full of award winning models!
1968 – The Beginning
In 1968, Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager were living on their family farm in Northern Indiana. Lloyd developed his own prototype camping trailer with a unique lifting system for fold down campers.
In 1969, Al Yoder became a company partner. During Jayco’s first year they had 15 employees and sold 132 camping trailers.
Lloyd launched the first Jayco Dealer Seminar to introduce new models, Jayco’s first international sale!
Plants were opened in Canada and Kansas in effort to keep up with customer demand.
Jayco’s first year of selling Travel Trailers, and they built 1,100 trailers within the first year!
Jayco’s first year of selling Fifth Wheel Trailers.
Jayco entered the Class C market with the JayMini Motorhome.
Jayco proved they can do more than just RV’s by building the first horse-drawn Mackinac Island Tram.
Jayco created the Jay Trek wagon gear trailer in 1980, and in 1982 a new kind of fold down tent camper they called the Jay Tiki.
Business was thriving throughout the early 80’s, they even built and shipped their 100,000th unit!
But disaster struck in 1985, when Jayco founder Lloyd and his three sons where killed in a tragic airplane accident on Easter Sunday. Al Yoder was appointed President, and Lloyds oldest son became Executive Vice President of the company. Lloyds wife Bertha was appointed Chairman of the Board.
Starcraft RV, one of the nations oldest and most respected brand of campers, was taken under Jayco’s corporate umbrella.
Jayco introduced the Esprit Tent Camper, and Jayco built and shipped their 200,000th unit!
Al Yonder retired from his role of President.
Llyod was inducted into the RV Hall of Fame
Al Yonder was inducted into the RV Hall of Fame.
In 1997 Jayco joined the world wide web on Jayco.com! That same year, Jayco also built and shipped their 300,000th unit, and even opened their customer service center in Indiana!
The corporate headquarters facility in Indiana was completed in 1999.
Jayco introduced the Kiwi, a lightweight travel trailer that is today known as the Jay Feather.
Jayco introduced the Jay Flight trailer brand. Today, Jay Flight has been the #1 best selling travel trailer in North America for the last 13 years straight.
In 2005 Jayco opened a new manufacturing plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, to keep up with the growing demand in western Canada and USA.
In 2006 the 500,000th unit was built and shipped, and Jayco introduced the first lightweight toy hauler travel trailer, originally named the Talon.
In 2008, Jayco acquired assets of former Travel Supreme, and launched the Class A Diesel Pusher Entegra Coach division.
In 2011, Jayco became the worlds largest privately held RV manufacture.
Jayco entered the Gasoline Class A market with the Precept.
Jayco acquired assets to former Open Range, and renamed the division Highland Ridge RV.
In 2016, Jayco built its 100,000th unit! The Jayco corporation and all of its brands were acquired by Thor Industries.
In 2020, Jay Flight was awarded the #1 selling Travel Trailer in North America for 15 consecutive years.
In 2021, Jayco rebranded to Jayco Family of Companies to encapsulate the four divisions.
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