After completing yearlong discussions that resulted Tuesday (Aug. 27) in the acquisition of Livin’ Lite RV LLC, Thor Industries Inc. President and CEO Bob Martin likes the look not just of 2013, but of the future as well.
And, according to a report by the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, the Wednesday release of the latest shipment numbers by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) certainly verified there’s much to like about the present.
The industry announced that wholesale shipments of RVs are up 14.7% over the same month last year, the 19th straight month that has happened.
A total of 26,212 units were shipped in July, moving the total for the year past the 200,000 mark at 201,120. That is 13.1% over the total through July of last year.
In 2009 during the recession, the total units shipped for the year was 165,700. Now, shipments are expected to surpass 300,000 and make it four straight years of increased shipments.
Thor, which owns Airstream Inc. in Ohio, Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. and Keystone RV Co. in Goshen, Crossroads RV in Topeka, Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC and Thor Motor Coach in Elkhart, plus the newly acquired Livin’ Lite in Wakarusa, is now solely concentrating on RVs.
Martin believes the increased numbers can continue.
“Definitely, the industry has been on a very nice comeback,” Martin said. “It dropped to a level that was very low quickly, and it’s slowly but surely coming out of the recession.”
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