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.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 27,600 units May, up 12.2% over last month and up 13.1% over this same month last year.
Towable RVs provided the improvements while motorhomes held even with year-ago totals. Seasonally adjusted, May’s total represented an annualized rate of nearly 285,000 units, a 17% increase over last month and the highest rate so far this year.
Through May, total RV shipments for 2011 reached 117,300 units, up 7.7% compared to this same period last year.
See chart below for May totals in each category.
Wholesale shipments of 24,600 units to retailers were reported by manufacturers in the April 2011 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) monthly survey, the same total for April the year prior.
RVIA reported that on a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments in April were at an annual rate of 242,100 units, 6.3% lower than the previous month. Towable RVs were slightly lower than April last year while motorhomes were slightly higher.
Year to date, shipments of all RVs through April were at 89,700 units, up 6.2% overall. Each product type reported shipment totals above this period last year except folding camping trailers.
See chart below for April totals in each category.
Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs totaled 27,500 units in the March 2011 survey of manufacturers, 38.8% greater than last month and 14.6% greater than this same month last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has reported.
Improvements were reported in all vehicle categories, except folding camping trailers, with conventional travel trailers showing the largest units gains while truck campers had the greatest percentage gain.
Year to date, total RV shipments in the first quarter of 2011 rose to 65,100 units, a gain of 8.7% over the same period last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments in March this year were at an annualized rate of more than 258,000 units, a 13.5% improvement over February’s rate.
For towables, the March shipments compared to March 2010 shipments were as follows:
- Travel trailers, 17,100, up 17.9%.
- Fifth-wheels, 5,800, 11.5% increase.
- Folding camping trailers, 1,400, down 26.3%.
- Truck campers, 400, up 100%.
- Class A motorhomes, 1,400, up 16.7%.
- Class B motorhomes, 100, flat.
- Class C motorhomes, 1,300, up 44.44%.
Year-to-date, shipments, compared to the first quarter of 2010 were as follows:
- Travel trailers, 39,300, up 9.2%.
- Fifth-wheels, 14,900, up 12%.
- Folding cmaping trailers, 3,300, down 21.4%.
- Truck campers, 700, flat.
- Class A motorhomes, 3,600, up 16.1%.
- Class B motorhomes, 400, flat.
- Class C motorhomes, 2,900, up 31.8%.
The entire RVIA shipment table follows: