RV wholesale shipments to retailers were reported at 16,600 units in the October survey of manufacturers, the same total for this month as one year ago, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported.
While towable RVs were slightly less for the month, motorhome totals gained ground. On a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis, shipments in October were at 214,700 units, up slightly from the month before.
Year-to-date, total shipments in 2010 rose to 210,600 units, up 52.4% from this same 10-month period last year. Towable RVs unit have improved 48% through October, while motorhome totals have risen 108.7% on smaller volumes. So far this year, Class A motorhomes have risen most rapidly, climbing to 11,100 units, nearly double what they were for all of 2009.
By product segment, shipments in October, compard with October 2009 were as follows:
- Travel trailers, 9,600, off 2%.
- Fifth-wheels, 4,000, off 4.8%.
- Folding camping trailers, 700, off 22.2%.
- Truck campers, 300, up 50%.
- Class A motorhomes, 1,100, up 37.5%.
- Class B motorhomes, 200, up 100%.
- Class C motorhomes, 700, up 16.7%.
Year-to-date, shipments, compared to 2009 were as follows:
- Travel trailers, 126,300, up 48.9%.
- Fifth-wheels, 47,500, up 57.8%.
- Folding camping trailers, 12,600, up 14.5%.
- Truck campers, 2,500, up 47.1%.
- Class A motorhomes, 11,100, up 146.7%.
- Class B motorhomes, 1,400, up 40%.
- Class C motorhomes, 9,200, up 87.8%.
A table provided by the RVIA follows: