Jayco, Inc. was founded in 1968 by a man of strong faith and
vision. The late Lloyd J. Bontrager, family man and inventor,
felt he could build the world a better RV. He longed to create
a company of his own, one that clearly reflected his ideals: a
company where everyone would be treated as "family".
With encouragement from his wife Bertha, Lloyd started
Jayco on their farm--in two chicken houses and a barn! He
developed his own prototype camping trailer and a unique
lifter system for fold-down campers, the basic design of which
is patented and still in use today. By the end of 1968, his
fledgling company of 15 employees had sold 132 fold-down
camping trailers. Today, Jayco's "family" of
employees has grown to nearly 1,100 people, while more than
20,000 people join our "extended family" of
customers each year.