(January, 11, 2019) — Jayco is stopping production of folding trailers in 2019 until further notice, RV Pro Magazine has reported.
“I’m writing today to advise you of a recent adjustment to our current product lineup,” said Brad Whitehead, general manager of the Jayco Towable division in a letter to partners, obtained by RV PRO.
“In an effort to increase operational efficiency by way of consolidating certain manufacturing facilities, it’s become necessary for us to shelve all Jayco fold down product. Therefore, effective immediately, all unscheduled fold down orders you may have in the backlog are being parked until further notice.”
According to data from the RV Industry Association, wholesale shipments of folding camping trailers are on the decline. In 2017, shipments totaled 9,200 then decreased to 6,500 in 2018. For 2019, RVIA is predicting shipments to total 4,900.
In an email from Doug Moats, Jayco’s communication and public relations manager, the company mentioned how the decision for its Jay Sport line is temporary and production will continue once demand is in place.
“Jay Sport is not going away,” Moats told RV PRO. “Fold down campers and their popularity helped build this company.”