Lloyd developed his own prototype camping trailer with a unique lifter system for fold-down campers.See more
Peace and love were in the air—and so was entrepreneurial spirit. In 1968 Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager set out to make a family dream a reality in their quiet corner of Northern Indiana. Let the fun begin!
While families gathered around the newfangled video boxes (TVs of course!), we began to make a name for ourselves too, acquiring competitors, delivering new products and selling internationally for the first time. Look out, TVs! We’ve got an idea for family time too.
Jayco offered the first camping trailer with a rubber torsion axle independent suspension, which provided a much better ride and easier towing.See more
We entered the travel trailer market, building 1,100 in the first year.See more
Jayco entered the fifth wheel market. Three Cs, maker of Wonderland fifth wheels in Three Rivers, Michigan, was acquired.See more
The energy crisis of the 1970s had a lasting impact on the RV industry. The shortages forced Jayco to...See more
Al Yoder became Executive Vice President of Jayco. The same year, the company was ranked among the country’s top ten RV manufacturers for the first time.See more
First on the market with the stand-up area in the front bedroom of fifth wheels. This allowed for easier movement and greater comfort.See more
Jayco entered the Class C motorhome market with the JayMini motorhome series.See more
We built the first Mackinac Island trams. These horse-drawn trams are still used for large group tours around the popular tourist destination.See more
As parents powered up personal computers and kids their video game consoles, Jayco established itself among the powers of the RV industry. The tragic loss of our fearless leader, Lloyd, in a plane crash couldn’t stop the momentum—and we doubled down on his vision for family fun.
Jayco introduced a wagon gear travel trailer, which was called the Jay-Trek. This trailer served the purpose of taking hitch weight...See more
Jayco introduced the Jay Tiki tent camper, a different type of fold-down product in which the living area flipped out of the trailer and onto the ground. It was introduced to the industry with a great deal of interest.See more
We built and shipped our 100,000th unit.See more
Al Yoder was presented with the RVIA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.See more
Cell phones, pagers and the internet (Jayco.com included) all took root, changing how we communicate forever. A lot may have changed since the beginning, but the simple idea of fun with friends and family would propel us into the future.
Starcraft RV was acquired. Jayco took on the RV division under its overall corporate umbrella. Starcraft RV is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected builders of campers.See more
Jayco introduced the Esprit tent camper. A trendsetter for the era, the Esprit was a 10-foot fold-down, which featured bright and...See more
Lloyd was inducted into the RV Hall of Fame.See more
Al Yoder was inducted into the RV Hall of Fame.See more
We built and shipped our 300,000th unit.See more
Our new corporate headquarters facility in Middlebury, Indiana. was completed.See more
It was a time of exciting change. The same can be said for Jayco and the RV industry. We found smart ways to weather some tough times and emerged on the other side, primed to launch into what would be a Golden Age for Jayco. Fun and family always prevail!
Jayco introduced the Kiwi, a lightweight travel trailer. This trailer was later named Jay Feather.See more
Jayco introduced the Jay Flight trailer brand. As of today, Jay Flight has been the #1 best-selling travel trailer in North America for twelve years straight.See more
We became the first company to offer surround sound system components in all products, including entry-level RVs.See more
We opened a new manufacturing plant in Twin Falls, Idaho. This allowed the company to accommodate the growing need in the...See more
We built and shipped our 500,000th unit.See more
We acquired the assets of the former Travel Supreme and launched the Class A diesel-pusher Entegra Coach division.See more
Connectivity, tech and affordability have made RV travel more appealing to more people than ever. Here’s to many more Generations of Family Fun!
Jayco became the world’s largest privately-held RV manufacturer.See more
We introduced our new tag line – Generations of Family Fun. Adopting this as a brand promise reinforced Jayco’s commitment of providing family fun to employees, dealers, suppliers and customers for generations.See more
We entered the gasoline Class A market with the introduction of the Precept.See more
We opened a new manufacturing plant for Entegra Coach, freeing up manufacturing space for Class C and gasoline Class A motorhomes to meet growing demand.See more
We celebrated building our 1,000,000th unit in total between the four divisions of Jayco, Starcraft RV, Entegra Coach and Highland Ridge RV in May.See more
Derald Bontrager was presented with the RVIA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award.See more