RV Shipment Surge Bodes Well for Elkhart Co.
The RV industry saw just over 30% growth in January, a major surge into the new year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced Tuesday (Feb. 26).
The shipments of 24,379 RVs in advance of the spring/summer buying season bodes well for Indiana’s Elkhart County, which produces 83%t of all RVs in the U.S. and Canada, according to the RVIA.
The Elkhart Truth reported that the total was 30.5% higher than in January, 2012, according to the RVIA. “All vehicle categories participated in the gains this month,” said RVIA spokesman Bill Baker. The biggest growth in sheer numbers came in conventional travel trailers, according to RVIA spokesman Bill Baker. They saw 35.3% growth, with more than 15,000 shipping out in January.
Class A and C motorhomes both saw shipment boosts of 30% more in January than in the previous January, Baker pointed out. In fact, Class A motorhomes grew by 30.9%, shipping nearly 1,400, while the smaller Class C motorhomes saw a rise of 38.6%t, shipping more than 1,000 to dealers.
If normal trends hold out, those numbers will rise in February and March during the peak season of RV shows aimed at consumers.
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