Recreation vehicles that have a family focus are the specialty of Jayco Corp., based out of Middlebury, Indiana (near Goshen, Indiana). As one of the largest Indiana private companies, Jayco Corp. has a network of more than 300 dealers across the United States. The company began in 1968 when Lloyd J. Bontrager set out to make the world a better RV. On the family farm, Mr. Bontrager began developing his own prototype inside of two chicken houses and a barn.
Mr. Bontrager’s mission was accomplished when he developed a lifter system for pop-up campers. This system made it easier for the campers to pop up and down, it was an innovative development and is still used in the industry today.
Jayco Corp. offers a full line of recreational vehicles, including pop-ups, light weight, camping and park/travel trailers, fifth wheels, motorhomes and toy haulers. Of the 3o0 Jayco Corp. dealers, there are several dealers located all over the Hoosier State. Their committment to creating “America’s most liveable RVs” makes this company a top pick for customers in the Crossroads of America.
To better assist customers, Jayco Corp. has developed an interactive Web site that describes their entire product line. Also to better serve Jayco Corp. customers, free brochures and informational materials can be ordered to help educate customers about their products before they make a purchase. The Web site also helps customers locate dealers, learn about the company and place orders online.
The first products made by founder Lloyd J. Bontrager were his original camping trailer and a unique lifter system for fold-down campers. In the beginning, Jayco Corp. employed 15 people, and they sold 132 fold-down camping trailers in the first year of business. Over the years, Jayco Corp. has seen tremendous expansion.Today, the company employs more than 1,600 people and sells more than 25,000 products each year.
In order to inform customers or future buyers about Jayco Corp. products, the company offers tours of their sewing shop and fifth wheel line all year long. The tour begins a noon on weekdays, and summer tours are also available starting at 9:30 a.m.
In order to ensure customer safety, Jayco Corp. offers one free year of roadside assistance with each new vehicle. The benefits of this service include 24-hour emergency roadside assistance, free dispatch of mechanical service in the event of a breakdown, free tire change, free lock out services, free custom trip routing and full color map services and other benefits. After the first year of service, the roadside assistance services is available through a subscription with Jayco Corp.
Fabrics, appliances and furniture for Jayco Corp. products are all produced in house. This keeps outsourcing costs of the company at a minimum, while ensuring the quality and Jayco standard in every product. Altogether, the company’s factory lines produce more than 125 recreational vehicles daily, and about 600 total each week. Before any RV leaves the manufacturing facility, it goes through a thorough inspection. Jayco Corp. is not only one of the largest Indiana private businesses, but it is the largest privately owned manufacturer of RVs in the world country.
P.O. Box 460
Middlebury, In 46540