Wholesale Shipments Dip 2.2% in November
Wholesale shipments to retailers in November totaled 13,400 units down 2.2% from this same month last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Associaiton (RVIA) has reported.
On a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis, November’s total represented shipments of more than 216,600 units, a slight improvement over the previous month.
Towable shipments were down 5.6% from this month one year ago, but motorhome totals rose 33.3% on the strength of greater Class A motorhome shipments. Year-to-date, all RV shipments to retailers have now reached 224,000 units for the year, up 47.7% from this period last year.
Shipments appear to be on track to approximate the latest 2010 forecast by Richard Curtin. He projects shipments for all of 2010 to reach 236,700.
Among the towables, folding camping trailers notched the only shipment increase compared to the previous year.
Shipments by segment were as follows:
- Travel trailers, 7,800, down 6%.
- Fifth-wheel trailers, 3,100, off 8.8%.
- Folding camping trailers, 800, up 14.5%.
- Truck campers, 100, no change.
- Class A motorhomes, 900, up 80%.
- Class B motorhomes, 100, no change.
- Class C motorhomes, 1,600, no change.
Year-to-date, towable shipments are ahead of the 2009 pace by 43.3%, while motorhome shipments are ahead by 100.9%. All segments showed year-to-date increases:
- Travel trailers, 134,100, up 44%.
- Fifth-wheel trailers, 50,600, up 51%.
- Folding camping trailers, 13,400, up 14.5%.
- Truck campers, 2,600, up 44.4%.
- Class A motorhomes, 12,00, up 140%.
- Class B motorhomes, 1,500, up 36.4%.
- Class C motorhomes, 9,800, up 78.2%.