History of Jayco

In 2018, Jayco turns 50 years old. Let’s look back at the last 50 years as Jayco grew into the RV brand we know and love today.

Jayco in the 1960s

Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager started the Jayco brand in the 1960s from their home in northern Indiana. In 1968, Lloyd unveiled his first prototype camping trailer. In 1969, the company sold 132 of its fold-down campers and had 15 employees; in the same year, Al Yoder joined the team.

Jayco in the 1970s

In the 1970s, Jayco went international and entered several new markets, including the travel trailer market and the fifth wheel market. In fact, Jayco was the first brand to offer a stand-up area in the front bedroom of fifth wheels.

Jayco in the 1980s

Unfortunately, Lloyd Bontrager passed in the 1980s, but his legacy lived on in his company. In 1985, the company designed, built, and shipped its 100,000th trailer.

Jayco in the 1990s

Jayco evolved with the times (including establishing the Jayco.com website) and continued to grow as a company through new product innovations and acquisitions. Lloyd Bontrager was inducted into the RV Hall of Fame in 1994, and Al Yoder followed him two years later, being inducted in 1996. By 1997, Jayco had shipped total 300,000 units.

Jayco in the 2000s

Jayco continued to offer new products in the 2000s. In fact, in 2003, Jayco became the first company that offered surround sound system components in each of its products. In 2006, Jayco reached 500,000 unit sales worldwide.

Jayco in the 2010s

In the current decade, Jayco has embraced changes in connectivity and advanced technologies. In 2011, Jayco took the title of the world’s largest privately held RV manufacturer. Just five years later, in 2016, Jayco built and shipped its 1,000,000th unit.

We are excited to see what the next 50 years hold for Jayco. You can participate in its legacy by purchasing a unit at RVs of West Texas.

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