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ELKHART, Ind. – RV makers are proud of their made-in-America roots and most manufacturers like to use American-made parts whenever practical.
But one part that has been next-to-impossible to come by a made-in-America version lately is tires.
That all is about to change and Jayco is going to be the first beneficiary as the company has signed an exclusive deal to put American-made Goodyear endurance tires on all of its vehicles.
Jayco has several of its supplier partners displaying within the Jayco area just to the southeast of the RV/MH Hall of Fame during the Open House Week Extravaganza this week, including Furrion, Thetford and Simmons mattresses.
Mike Aplin, general manager for Jayco fifth wheel sales and product development, said the company had hoped to have a special flyover of the Goodyear blimp to promote its new partnership, but wasn’t able to pull it off in time for Open House.
Still, the company is excited about this newest team-up.
“We’ve been very fortunate to find people who want to partner with us,” Aplin said.
Aplin said news of the partnership leaked out during Jayco’s dealer meetings in Florida earlier this year, but the company only recently firmed up the deal enough to make it officially public.
Elkhart-based Tredit Tires will be the exclusive distributor for the new tires.