RVIA Reports June Shipments Up 72.6%

July 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA logo Deliveries to retailers of all RVs climbed to their highest level in more than two years as June shipments reached 27,000  units, 10% greater than May and 72.6% greater than June last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry  Association (RVIA)  reported today (July 26).

This marked the 10th consecutive month where shipments were greater than the same month one year earlier, and the June totals presented an annualized rate of more than 285,000 units, RVIA noted.

Towable RV shipments increased 67.3% over June last year as travel trailers improved 65.3%, while fifth-wheel trailers nearly doubled. Conventional Class A motorhomes tripled in June helping to raise all motorhome totals to 2,500 units in the month and raised year-to-date totals to 13,500 units, which is slightly better than all of 2009.

All categories rose in June over June 2009 and are well ahead of the 2009 pace. In particular:

  • Travel trailer shipments totaled 16,700, up 65.3%.
  • Fifth-wheel shipments totaled 5,900, up 90.3%.
  • Folding camping trailer shipments totaled 1,700, up 30.8%.
  • Truck camper shipments totaled 300, up 50%.

In the motorized sector:

  • Class A shipments totaled 1,200, up 200%.
  • Class B shipments totaled 200, up 100%.
  • Class C shipments totaled 1,100, up 120%.

For year-to-date:

  • Travel trailer shipments totaled 81,500, up 84.8%.
  • Fifth-wheel shipments totaled 30,100, up 96.7%.
  • Folding camping trailer shipments totaled 9,400, up 40.3%.
  • Truck camper shipments totaled 1,500, up 50%.
  • Class A shipments totaled 6,500, up 195.5%.
  • Class B shipments totaled 900, up 80%.
  • Class C shipments totaled 6,100, up 110.3%.

Year-to-date, towable shipments are up 82.6%, motorized shipments are up 141.1% and towable and motorized combined are up 87.1%.

For a complete look at the June shipments, see the table below.

2010 Worksheets.xls

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RVIA: May Wholesale Shipments Grew 83.5%

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Total wholesale shipments to retailers in May were reported at 24,400 units, up 83.5% over May 2009, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today.

Overall, towable RVs continue to provide the greatest volume increase, while motorhome totals reflect the greatest percentage gains. On a seasonally adjusted basis, this month’s total shipments presented an annual rate of more than 262,500 units, an increase of 6% over last month.

Towable RV shipments totaled 21,700, while motorized shipments totaled 2,700.

By category, shipments were as follows:

  • Travel Trailers, 14,400, up 82.3%.
  • Fifth-wheels, 5,500, up 103.7%
  • Folding camping trailers, 1,600, up 23.1%.
  • Truck campers, 200, no change.
  • Class A motorhomes, 1,100, up 175%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 100, no change.
  • Class C motorhomes, 1,500, up 114.3%.

Year-to-date, total RV shipments have now reached 108,900 units through May this year, up 91.1% compared to this same period last year. All vehicle types have enjoyed growth in shipments this year with Class A motorhomes continuing to experience the greatest percentage increase, while conventional travel trailers have experienced the greatest unit increase.

The complete report follows below:2010 Worksheets.xls

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RVIA: April Wholesale RV Shipments Soar 85%

May 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RV wholesale deliveries to retailers were reported at 24,600 units in the April 2010 survey of manufacturers, up 2.5% over March 2010 and up 85% from this same month one year ago, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today (May 26).

Total shipments in April were at their highest level in two years. Seasonally adjusted they represented an annualized rate of nearly 250,000 units. All vehicle segments showed increeases in shipments over April 2009 levels, RVIA noted.

Towables were the biggest gainers with deliveries to retailers of 22,000 units, up 78.9%, while motorhomes reflect the highest percentage improvement by growing from 1,000 units in April 2009 to 2,600 units in April 2010, up 160%.

Year-to-date, shipments of all RVs in the first four months of 2010 have now reached 84,500 units, nearly double the total from the same period last year.

By product segment, April shipments were as follows:

  • Travel trailers, 14,400, up 82.3%.
  • Fifth-wheel trailers, 5,400, up 86.2%.
  • Folding camping trailers, 1,900, up 46.2%.
  • Truck campers, 300, up 50%.
  • Class A motorhomes, 1,100, up 266.7%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 200, up 100%.
  • Class C motorhomes, 1,300, up 116.7%.

By product segment year-to-date shipments were as follows:

  • Travel trailers, 50,400, up 93.1%.
  • Fifth-wheel trailers, 18,700, up 96.8%.
  • Folding camping trailers, 6,100, up 48.8%.
  • Truck campers, 1,000, up 66.7%.
  • Class A motorhomes, 4,200, up 200%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 600, up 100%.
  • Class C motorhomes, 3,500, up 105.9%.

The complete table follows:

April 2010 wholesale shipments

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RVIA: February Wholesale Shipments Up 95%

March 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Here’s some good news to end your week: RV shipments were up in February. Way up.

RV wholesale shipments to dealers were reported at 20,100 units in the February survey of manufacturers, an increase of 27% over last month and 95% greater than this same month one year ago, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today (March 26).

February 2010 was the best monthly total in nearly two years. Seasonally adjusted, these results represent an annualized total of more than 231,000 units.

Improvements were reported in all product categories with towables increasing by the most units and motorhomes by the greatest percentage. Conventional travel trailers continued to represent roughly six in 10 RV shipments in February with towables as a whole represented 90% of all shipments.

Motorhomes improved over last month by more than a third, reaching 2,000 units for the month. In all, RV shipments during the first two months in 2010 were double their totals of last year.

By segment, February shipments were as follows, compared to February 2009:

  • Travel trailers, 12,000, up 93.5%.
  • Fifth-wheels, 4,600, up 91.7%.
  • Folding camping trailers, 1,200, up 33.3%.
  • Truck campers, 300, up 200%.
  • Class A motorhomes, 1,000, up 233.3%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 200, up 100%.
  • Class C motorhomes, 800, up 100%.

Year-to-date, towable shipments totaled 32,400, up 100% from the first two months of 2009, while motorized shipments totaled 3,500, up 150% from 2009.

This brings 2010 shipments through February to 35,900, up 104% compared to 17,600 in the first two months of 2009.

Looking at the table that accompanies RVIA’s shipment report, the arrow points upward and is clearly separated from the softness of 2009. A recovery is clearly underway.

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RVIA Weighs in on January Wholesale Shipments

March 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The wholesale shipment of recreational vehicles is continuing to climb and that’s a positive sign for the industry as well as the overall economy, according to seasoned observers.

Total shipments in January were 15,800 for an overall increase of 116.4%.

“It’s very encouraging to see the shipment numbers increase so steadily,” Kevin Broom, director of media relations for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) told the South Bend Tribune. “And it’s an indicator of what we had been seeing all along throughout the recession — which is every sign that we had pointed to continued consumer interest.

“People were still coming to the RV shows. People were still coming to the websites. People were still going to RV dealers. But because of credit and consumer confidence they just weren’t able to make the purchase. But now what we are seeing is people starting to get back into purchasing.”

Robert M. “Mac” Bryan, vice president of administration for the RVIA, said the seasonally adjusted annual rate totals have been above 200,000 for the last three to four months.

“That was a real important mark to cross,” he said. “I think at that point that’s where many of our players in the market place are making a profit.”

Sales of 200,000 for a year may be far from the 390,500 shipments in the robust days of 2006, but it’s also quite a step up from 2009 where actual shipments totaled 165,000.

Reaching 250,000 in shipments would be the next big step. “It would be real important to us,” Bryan said.

It could be real important to the U.S. economy, too.

“Historically, (the RV industry) leads into the recession and leads out of it,” said Broom. “So seeing some recovering in industry shipments is an encouraging sign for the overall economy.”

Considering that January shipments are usually not a big month compared to spring and early summer months, the industry is projecting sales for 2010 of 215,000 units.

“There’s a lot of reason for optimism,” Broom said. “The core message is we are very encouraged, but there is still a ways to go.”

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RVIA: January Wholesale Shipments Up 116%

February 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Ready for more good news?

Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 15,800 units in the January 2010 survey of manufacturers, more than twice the total from this same month last year.

Both towable and motorhome categories participated in last month’s growth with all categories at the same or substantially above their January totals last year, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

This marked the sixth consecutive monthly improvement for RV shipments as dealer orders more closely reflected retail sales during the month.

January’s shipment total was 116.4% above the January 2009 totals.

Towables totaled 14,300, up 116.7% from 6,600 in January 2009. Motorized shipments totaled 1,500, up 114.3% from 700 in January 2009.

Following are shipments by category, with percentage change from January 2009 and the shipment figures for a year ago:

  • Travel trailers, 9,500, up 120.9% from 4,300.
  • Fifth-wheel trailers, 3,500, up 150% from 1,400.
  • Folding camping trailers, 1,100, up 37.5% from 800.
  • Truck campers, 200, up 100% from 100.
  • Class A motorhomes, 900, up 125% from 400.
  • Class B motorhomes, 100, no change.
  • Class C motorhomes, 500, up 150% from 200.
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RVIA: December Wholesale Shipments Rose 150%

January 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA logoRV shipments to retailers closed 2009 on a high note.

Shipments were reported at 14,000 units in the December 2009 survey of manufacturers, an increase of 2% from November but 150% above December one year ago, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

By segment, RVIA reported these December totals and comparison to December 2008 shipments:

  • Travel trailers, 8,400, plus 162.5%.
  • Fifth-wheel trailers, 3,300, plus 120%.
  • Folding camping trailers, 600, plus 100%.
  • Truck campers, 100, plus 108%.
  • Class A motorhomes, 900, plus 125%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 100, plus 142%.
  • Class C motorhomes, 600, plus 200%.

For all of 2009, the industry shipped 152,500 towable units and 13,200 motorized units for a total of 165,700, down 30.1% from the 208,700 towables and 28,300 motorhomes or 237,000 combined units shipped in 2008.

For all of 2009, the segment totals were as follows, followed by comparisons to 2008 year-end totals:

  • Travel trailers, 101,500, minus 20.8%.
  • Fifth-wheels, 36,800, minus 35.4%.
  • Folding camping trailers, 12,00, minus 34.9%.
  • Truck campers, 1,900, minus 59.6%.
  • Class A motorhomes, 5,900, minus 60.4%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 1,200, minus 36.8%.
  • Class C motorhomes, 6,100, minus 47.0%.
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RVIA: October Wholesale Shipments Surge 23%

November 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Total RV shipments to retailers were reported at 16,600 units in the October survey of manufacturers, up 23% from this month one year earlier, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Associaiton (RVIA).

On a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis, October shipments reached 216,000 units, topping 200,000 units for the third consecutive month. Year-to-date totals have now reached 138,000 units, off 38.8% from this same period one year ago but slowly erasing larger loses earlier this year.

The good news comes as the RV industry prepares for its most important week of the year: the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., which runs Dec. 1-3.

Here’s a closer look at the ongoing surge in RV shipments.

Most product segments, except for folding camping trailers and Class A motorhomes, showed shipment increases or held steady from October 2008, RVIA noted.

Towable shipments totaled 15,100, up 26.9% from October 2008, while all motorized shipments totaled 1,500 units, off just 6.2% from a year ago.

By segment, shipment totals in October were as follows, followed by comparison to October 2008:

  • Travel trailers, 9,800 units, up 31.4%.
  • Fifth-wheels, 4,200 units, up 35.5%.
  • Folding camping trailers, 900 units, down 25%.
  • Truck campers, 200 units, no change.
  • Class A motorhomes, 800 units, down 20%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 100 units, no change.
  • Class C motorhomes, 600 units, up 20%.

Meanwhile, total RV shipments for the first 10 months of 2009 total 225,400, off 38.8% from 2008.

Towable shipments totaled 198,500, down 35.7%, while motorized shipments totaled 10,400 units, off 61.3%.

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RVIA: Wholesale RV Shipments Rose 13% in September

October 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 17,400 units in the September survey of manufacturers, a gain of 13.0% compared to this same month last year, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

This represented the second straight month that shipments exceeded the total for the corresponding month in 2008.

Seasonally adjusted, September shipments represented an annual rate of more than 230,000 units, the highest annualized total so far this year.

Towable shipments rose 17.5%, to 16,100 units, while motorized shipments fell 23.5%, to 1,300 units.

For the first three quarters of 2009, RV shipments totaled 121,400 units, down 42.7% from the 211,900 shipped in the first three quarters of 2008.

Towable shipments totaled 112,500, down 39.7% from 2008, while motorized shipments totaled 8,900, down 64.8% from 2008.

By product, shipments for September were as follows, followed by change from September 2008 shipments:

  • Travel trailers, 11,300 (up 31.4%).
  • Fifth-wheels, 3,700 ( down 2.6%).
  • Folding camping trailers, 900 (no change).
  • Truck campers, 200 ( off 50%).
  • Class A motorhomes, 600, (down 40%).
  • Class B motorhomes, 200 (up 100%).
  • Class C motorhomes 500 (off 16.7%).
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RVIA: August Wholesale Shipments RISE 5.3% Over 2008

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

RV shipments to retailers totaled 17,800 units in the August survey of manufacturers, an increase of 31.8% over last month and 5.3% ahead of August one year ago, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today (Sept. 25).

This was the first year-over-year gain in shipments in nearly two years and the August monthly total represented a seasonally adjusted annual rate of nearly 210,000 units, the best in more than a year.

Towable shipments totaled 16,700 units, up 9.9% from August 2008’s 15,200, while motorized shipments totaled 1,100 units, down 35.3% from August 2008’s 1,700 total.

By segment shipments were as follows:

  • Travel trailers, 11,100, up 20.7%.
  • Fifth-wheels, 4,200, no change.
  • Folding camping trailers, 1,200, down 20%.
  • Truck campers, 200, off 33.3%
  • Class A motorhomes, 500, down 44.4%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 100, off 50%.
  • Class C motorhomes, 500, down 35.3%.

Year-to-date, all shipments total 104,000, down 47.1% from 2008.

Towable shipments year-to-date total 96,400, down 44.2%, while motorized shioments total 7,600, down 67.8%.

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