A new family-owned RV business is now open in Indiana’s Elkhart County. WNDU reported that Journey RV is the first Latino-owned truck camper manufacturer in the county. (To view a video scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com website or click the story link below).

“So many people in the United States came here as immigrants and built their lives, built their businesses. It’s what our country does, it’s how we were founded,” Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said.

Jose Francisco Leal Osorno emigrated from Mexico and spent most of his career in the RV industry. It was heavy work, but Leal had a passion for it.

“I wrote on a small paper, I wrote small pictures,” Leal said. “This is my dream.”

Leal began to design campers, and that led to him building his own in the family’s garage.

“I continued, I didn’t listen to people when they said, ‘Hey, you’re crazy!’” Leal said.

“I think one of the reasons this is so special today is knowing that they started off in a garage, a small garage, and they’re building their business from there,” Stutsman said.

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