Catching up with Jayco


So, what’s the story behind “America’s Most Liveable RVs”?

Founded in 1968 by Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager, Jayco was born on a small farm in Middlebury, Indiana, with a vision of building a better RV and creating a company where everyone would be treated as “family”.

Innovation from the very beginning.

Mr. Bontrager’s very first prototype camping trailer included a unique lift system that is patented and still in use today. More than 40 years later,  innovation continues to thrive at Jayco, evidenced by last week’s announcement that they had become the first major RV manufacturer to become 100% green certified.

Jayco in 2010

Today, led by Lloyd Bontrager’s son Derald, Jayco is the largest privately owned RV manufacturer in North America, with almost 2000 employees, and countless Jayco RVs on the road and in campgrounds. Even with all of this success, they’ve  still been able to maintain a very strong family atmosphere. So much so, that as a Jayco dealer, we feel very much part of the Jayco family, and are often contributing ideas to product development based on our own experiences and those shared by our customers.

Come see for yourself.

If you’re ever in the Middlebury, IN area, be sure to stop by the Jayco Visitors Center. Situated in a renovated 1880s barn, the Visitors Center is adjacent to the general Jayco offices and houses Jayco memorabilia and merchandise.

You’ll also have an opporunity to walk through a display of new products, and take a free tour of their towable manufacturing facility. These factory tours are normally conducted Monday through Thursday at 12 p.m.  Tours of the motorized facilities are  by appointment only.  Be sure to call ahead at 574-825-5861 for the most current tour information.

Can’t make it in person?

Don’t worry. Here’s a short video showing how the Jayco RVs are built. Notice that they make just about everything themselves, including the cabinetry and furniture!


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