About Us

About Starcraft RV: From Farm Equipment to Pop-Up Campers To Now

Starcraft was founded in 1903 with a focus on quality and integrity. Established as Star Tank Company, it began its long history by making farm equipment – stock tanks, hog feeders, waterers and other metal equipment. By the 1920s, it had entered into the recreation business by manufacturing boats, primarily of galvanized steel and changed its name to Star Tank & Boat Company. In 1956, Star Tank & Boat Company expanded its offerings, by developing its first fiberglass boats – setting the stage to further diversify over the next decade.

It was in 1964 that Starcraft RV was formed and revolutionized the RV industry by creating the first crank lifter system for pop-up campers. Backed by the strength Star Tank & Boat Company had built in aluminum manufacturing, the first campers were built by Lloyd Bontrager, who later founded Jayco, Inc. Three models of pop-up campers were introduced in that first year and earned a major share of the market for Starcraft: the Star Master, Star Liner, & Star Rambler. Two years later, the company change its name to Starcraft Corporation and in 1990, Starcraft RV Inc., as it is known today, was purchased by Jayco, Inc., a 49-year-old company built on Family, Craftsmanship and Innovative Technology. Starcraft RV shares Jayco’s mission to build exemplary campers, travel trailers & fifth wheel RVs and provide customers with extraordinary service after the sale.


Every Starcraft RV is built with quality and integrity. Combined with our long history and traditional values provides you, the customer, with the long-term value you are seeking and deserve.


From day one, Starcraft RV has cared about the customer. From design, to production, to service after the sale, our focus is on you and making sure you can enjoy camping – pure and simple!


Whether it be through social media, rallies, or trade shows, our sales and management team are engaged with you, the customer.


Starcraft dealers deliver the highest quality service in the industry. With over 200 dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada, there’s always a Starcraft service center close, should there be an interruption in your camping experience.


Experience? Yeah, we’ve got it – over 110 years of it. While we’ve grown and evolved over the years, one thing has remained – our dedication to quality and integrity. Starcraft RV is located in the heart of Amish country in Topeka, Indiana. Considered a highly loyal, hard-working labor force with an unparalleled reputation for quality craftsmanship, we have drawn on the Amish labor potential since our founding back in 1903.

At Starcraft, our goal is to meet and exceed our customer’s expectations in all that we do. We continue to create lifetime experiences through innovation and service; before, during, and after the sale. We want to welcome you to the Starcraft family.