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Jayco

BACKGROUND

Jayco, Inc. is an American manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a subsidiary of Thor Industries. They make fold-down (also called “pop-up”) camping trailers, conventional travel trailers, toy haulers, “fifth-wheel” travel trailers, and motorhomes (Class A and C). Of its roughly 3,200 employees, About three-quarters of its workforce is from the Amish and Mennonite communities of Indiana. In October 2017, Jayco expanded its Twin Falls location to include a 160,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse building.

HISTORY

Jayco is based in Middlebury, Indiana. The company was founded in 1968 by Lloyd Jay Bontrager. The company name is derived from his middle name at the suggestion of his wife, Bertha. In 2011 Bontrager was inducted into the “RV Industry’s Hall Of Fame for being one of the most influential men in the 100 year history of RVing”. He played a role in the development and innovation of several types of unique lifter systems for their travel trailers.

Bontrager developed a trailer fold-down system in 1967 and started the business of making travel trailers in two chicken houses and a barn. In the first year of operations the company sold 132 trailers, and by the end of 1968 it had 15 employees. Because of the increased demand for their travel trailers, in 1969 they moved out of Bontrager’s farm buildings to a new factory site nearby that provided more manufacturing space. The company continued to grow and in 1970 built another plant in Harper, Kansas.

MODEL FUEL CLASS FUEL
Hummingbird Travel Trailer Towable
Jay Feather Travel Trailer Towable
White Hawk Travel Trailer Towable
Jay Flight Travel Trailer Towable
Jay Flight SLX 7 Travel Trailer Towable
Jay Flight SLX 8 Travel Trailer Towable
Jay Flight Bungalow Travel Trailer Towable
Eagle HT Travel Trailer Towable
Eagle Travel Trailer Towable
Eagle HTX Fifth Wheel Fifth Wheel Towable
Eagle HT Fifth Wheel Fifth Wheel Towable
Eagle Fifth Wheel Fifth Wheel Towable
North Point Fifth Wheel Towable
Pinnacle Fifth Wheel Towable
Octane Super Lite Toy Hauler Towable
Talon Toy Hauler Towable
Talon Platinum Toy Hauler Towable
Seismic Toy Hauler Towable
Redhawk SE Class C Gas
Redhawk Class C Gas
Greyhawk Class C Gas
Greyhawk Prestige Class C Gas
Melbourne Class C Diesel
Melbourne Prestige Class C Diesel
Seneca Class C Diesel
Alante Class A Gas
Precept Class A Gas
Precept Prestige Class A Gas
Embark Class A Diesel