Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 28,100 units in the March 2012 survey of manufacturers conducted by RVIA. This was the best March total since 2008 and 2.2% ahead of this same month last year. Improvements were largely the result of gains in fifth-wheels with small losses to truck campers and Class A motorhomes.
Through the first three months this year, total RV shipments increased to 71,400 units, a gain of 9.7% over the same period last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments in March this year were at an annualized rate of nearly 270,000 units with towable categories responsible for most of the improvement.
RV shipments to retailers rose sharply in February, climbing 31.8% above last month and up 24.2% ahead of this same month last year.
The 24,600 units reported in the latest survey of manufacturers marked the best February total in four years for all RV products and raised the first two month’s total this year 15.2% above the same period one year ago.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, February shipments were at an annual rate of more than 286,000 units, a gain of 12.9% over the January rate.
For the first two months of 2012, shipments were ahead of last year by 15.2% on shipments of 43,300 units. Shipments of towable RVs have improved 17% to 39,200 units while motorhome products have held their own and produced 4,100 units so far this year.
RV wholesale shipments to retailers were reported at 18,700 units in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) January 2012 survey of manufacturers, 5.1% greater than the total shipped during this same month last year. The gain was largely in conventional travel trailer shipments with truck campers and Class B motorhomes ahead on smaller volumes. This was the best January total recorded since 2008.
RV wholesale shipments for all of 2011 reached 252,300 units in 2011, up 4.1% over 2010’s year-end total. Towable RVs were higher while motorhomes totals were slightly lower. All towable RVs climbed to 227,500 units in 2011, up 4.8% compared to one year ago. During the same period, all motorhomes were slightly less in 2011 than 2010, finishing at 24,800 units for all of 2011, off 1.6% from their annual total one year earlier.
For December, wholesale shipments of all RVs were reported at 16,900 units , 3.6% better than November’s total but 7.7% less than this same month the prior year. Shipments of both towable and motorhome categories were less in December compared to one year ago with only travel trailers greater than December 2010. On a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis, December shipments were just over 283,000 units, slightly lower than the November rate. See the entire report below.
Shipments to retailers in November this year were 16,300 units, up 21.6% from this same month last year. On a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis, November’s total represented shipments of more than 290,000 units, an increase of 13.8% over the previous month and ahead of November last year by 22.5%. Towable RVs were up 27.1% over this month one year ago while all motorhome totals slipped 18.8% in the November survey of manufacturers. Year to date, all RV shipments to retailers tracked by RVIA have now reached 235,400 units for the year, up 5.1% over this same period last year.
Wholesale shipments of all RVs were reported at 19,100 units in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) October 2011 survey of manufacturers, ahead of last month by 12.4% and 15.1% ahead of this same month last year. Gains were recorded in both conventional and fifth-wheels with other categories even with or slightly less than the totals reported for those categories in October 2010.
Year-to-date, total shipments rose to 219,100 units through October this year, up 4% from this same 10-month period last year. Towable RV units increased by 4.3% while motorhomes were up 1.4% through October. On a seasonally adjusted basis, all RV shipments were at an annualized rate of 247,800 units through October this year.
Shipments were apparently boosted by Elkhart County’s 4th Annual RV Open House Week along with the aggressive finance programs introduced during the Sept. 19-23 event.
Wholesale shipments of all RVs were reported at 17,000 units in the September survey of manufacturers, representing a 1.8% increase compared with September 2010 and a 19% decline from August 2011. On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments in September were at an annualized rate of 224,000 units. A total of 200,000 units have been shipped to RV retailers so far this year, an improvement of nearly 3.1% compared to this same period last year. Both towable RVs and motorhomes reported small improvements compared to the first nine months of 2010.
RV wholesale shipments of all RVs were measured at 21,000 units in RVIA’s August survey of member manufacturers, an increase of 16.7% over last month but off 2.3% from this same month one year ago.
The month-over-month improvement was largely centered in conventional travel trailers with smaller gains recorded in fifth-wheel trailers and Class A motorhomes. On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments this August were at an annualized rate of 246,000 units, an 8% gain over the previous month.
Year-to-date, RV shipments have now climbed to 183,000 units this year, ahead by 3.2% over this same period last year. While all RV product categories except folding camping trailers have grown this year, all towable RVs continue to gain more units while all motorhome totals have enjoyed a slightly greater percentage improvement.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) most recent survey of manufacturers shows that RV wholesale shipments slowed in July with total shipments down 9.1% from July 2010 totals and off 32.6% from last month. While July is usually lower for shipments than June, due largely to the ending of the summer season and effects of model year change-over, shipments in July this year were also impacted by concerns for a slowing economy and uncertainty of future government policies, according to RVIA. Year-to-date, RV shipments are running 4% ahead of the same time last year (162,000 units through July 2011 as compared to 155,800 units through July 2010).
Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 26,700 units in the June survey of manufacturers, off 3% from last month, and down 1.5% from the previous year. Seasonally adjusted, June’s annualized total was nearly 268,000 units, the second best all year.
Year to date, shipments of total RVs have risen 5.9%, from 136,000 in the first half of 2010 to 144,000 units in the first six months this year. Towables reported the greatest number of units shipped with motorhomes improving by the largest percentage gain.
See chart below for June totals in each category.