NEWS IN FOCUS
RVIA: March Shipments Record 17% YOY Increase
RVIA’s March survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finishing the first quarter of the year on a very strong note. Monthly shipments reached 47,579 units, an increase of 20.7% over the February monthly total and of 16.8% over the March 2016 tally of 40,740 units. RVIA reported that this represents the highest monthly total ever for shipments on comparable record.
Year-to-date RV wholesale shipments have reached 120,866 units, up 11.7% over the 108,195 units shipped in the same three-month period last year.
All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, reached a total of 41,766 units for the month, up 16.8% over the 35,763 units shipped in March 2016. Motorhome shipments are also up 16.8% for the month at 5,813 units, compared to 4,977 units last March.
By category, travel trailers saw shipments rise 17% to 31,422 units in March while Class C motorhomes climbed 28.8% to 3,353 units. Class B’s posted a 30.2% gain to 427 units for the month and camping trailers soared 34.1% with 1,236 units shipped. March shipments of truck campers declined 31.3% while Class A motorhomes were flat, down 0.6%.