March shipments of all RVs were reported at 28,923 units, a gain of 2.8% from a year ago. Shipments were 10.7% greater than last month and represented the best March total in five years. First-quarter total shipments climbed to 79,422 units, 11.2% ahead of this same period last year. Towable shipments, and in particular conventional travel trailers, provided a greater number of units while motorhomes have recorded the greater percentage increase so far this year.
RV wholesale shipments to retailers continued to rise in February this year, growing 6% above last month and were 6% ahead of this same month last year on shipments of 26,120 units. This was the best February total since 2008 with nearly all vehicle categories participating in the improvement. February’s shipments pushed the year-to-date total to 50,499 units, a 16.6% gain over the first two months last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, February shipments were at an annual rate of more than 300,000 units. Year-to-date, the seasonal rate represented more than 320,000 units annualized.
Wholesale shipments of all RVs surged ahead in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) January 2013 survey of manufacturers, rising to 24,379 units. This increase was 30.5% greater than the total shipped during the same month last year. While the gain was greatest for conventional travel trailer shipments, all vehicle categories participated in the gains this month. Seasonally adjusted, January’s total was measured at annualized rate of more than 340,000 units, 12.2% better than the rate recorded in December 2012 and more than 30% better than the annualized rate recorded in January, one year ago. Conventional travel trailers, Class A and C motorhomes reported shipments more than 30% greater than in January 2012.
Total RV shipments to retailers for all of 2012 increased to 285,749 units, a gain of 13.2% over the 2011 total. Towable RV shipments alone rose to 257,551 units in 2012, a 13.2% increase over the 2011 total and more than all RV shipments last year. Motorhome totals in 2012 climbed to 28,198 units, a gain of 13.6% over the prior year and their best year since 2008.
Monthly RV shipments to retailers were reported at 18,960 units in the December 2012 survey of manufacturers, an increase of 11.6% over this same month one year ago. Shipments of both towable and motorhome categories were greater in December with towables ahead by the largest unit increases while motorhomes were ahead by the largest percentage gains. On a seasonally adjusted basis, December shipments were at an annualized rate of over 307,000 units, less than the November rate but the best December pace since 2007.
Recreational vehicle wholesale shipments to retailers in November were reported at 20,561 units, up 25.2% from the same month a year ago. On a seasonally adjusted basis, November’s total represented an annual rate of more than 360,000 units, an increase of nearly 10% over the previous month and ahead of November last year by 26.1%. In November, towable RVs were up 21.4% over this same month one year ago while all motorhome totals were ahead of last year by 66.9%. Year to date, all RV shipments to retailers have now reached 266,789 units for the year, up 13.3% over this same period in 2011.
Shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 24,947 units in the October 2012 manufacturer survey, up 31.5% over last month and up 31.0% ahead of this same month last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported.
Double-digit percentage gains were recorded in all vehicle types with Class C motorhomes and conventional travel trailers climbing the most.
Year-to-date, total shipments rose to 246,228 units through October this year, up 12.4% ahead of the same 10-month period last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, all RV shipments were at an annualized rate of 280,000 units through October this year.
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Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs continued to improve in 2012, reporting totals of 18,976 units in RVIA’s September survey of manufacturers – a gain of 12.7% over the same month one year ago. On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments in September were at an annualized rate of 254,400 units, down 10.6% from the August pace and the lowest annualized total since January of this year. Even so, actual September shipments of all towable RVs were up 10.3% from the same month one year ago while all motorhome shipments were up 34.6%.
Comparing the past nine-month period to the same period one year ago, all RVs were reported at 221,281 units in 2012, a gain of 10.7% year-to-date. Travel trailer shipments have grown by 16,446 units this year and continue to command the largest unit volume of all vehicle types. Fifth-wheel travel trailers have gained 3,986 units while Class A motorhomes were up 719 units and Class C motorhomes improved by 385 units compared to this same period one year ago. Only folding camping trailers were lower in volume through September this year as compared to the corresponding nine-month period in 2011.
RV wholesale shipments in August surged 15.7% ahead of the same month last year reaching 24,460 units, the strongest August monthly total in five years. Shipments of all towable RVs were up 14.6% but it was motorhomes which grew the most, improving 27.3% over prior year totals. Year-to-date, RV shipments have now improved by 10.5% to 202,305 units and represent an annualized pace of more than 276,600 units. All RV product categories except folding camping trailers have improved this year, with conventional travel trailers growing by the most units while truck campers have grown by the largest percentage gain.
In the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) survey of manufacturer conducted for the month of July, wholesale shipments of all RVs were reported at 22,857 units, up 27.4% from this same month last year but off 17% from last month. Conventional travel trailers and fifth-wheel trailers grew by the largest number of units with only truck campers slightly behind. Through July, manufacturers have reported a total of 177,845 shipments to retailers, up 9.8% over this same period one year earlier.
Shipments to retailers of all RV products were reported at 27,534 units in the June survey of manufacturers, a decline of 5.3% compared to last month but an increase of 3.2% over this same month last year. Towable RVs improved 3.7% on shipments of 25,208 units while motorhome shipments were off 1.4% on 2,326 units shipped to dealers in June. Seasonally adjusted, June’s total represented an annualized rate of 270,000 units. Year to date, shipments of all RVs were reported at 154,988 units and were ahead of the halfway point last year by almost 11,000 units. Through June, towable RVs led the way, increasing 8.6% over this same period a year ago on shipments of 140,412 units while motorhomes were off 1.2% on shipments of 14,576 units.