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.
Wholesale shipments of all RVs were reported at 29,079 units in the May survey of manufacturers, up 4.9% over this same month last year. Towable RVs provided the greater unit improvements while motorhomes had a higher percentage change. Seasonally adjusted, the May total represented an annualized rate of nearly 294,000 units, an 11.8% increase over last month and the highest rate so far this year. Through the first five months this year, total RV shipments have now reached 127,454 units, up 8.6% compared to this same period last year. All vehicle types have enjoyed shipment growth this year with the exception of folding camping trailers and Class C motorhomes which are both only slightly behind.
RV wholesale shipments to retailers of 27,000 units were reported in the April RVIA survey of manufacturers, 9.8% more than this same month last year. Towable RVs rose to 24,500 units in April, a gain of 12.4% over April one year ago while motorhome shipments were off 10.7% this month to 2,500 units. On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments in April were at an annual rate of 262,700 units, slightly less than the previous month but well ahead of the annual total in 2011 of 252,300 units.
Year to date, shipments of all RVs through April this year were at 98,400 units, up 9.7% over the first four months last year with all the gain coming from improved towable shipments. Although motorhomes were off 3.1% through April, shipments were down just 300 units compared to this same period last year.
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.