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2016 was best shipment year since 1976

2016 was best shipment year since 1976

RESTON, Va. — Wholesale RV shipments to dealers ended 2016 in a strong fashion with 32,970 units shipped, according to the RV Industry Association’s December survey of manufacturers.

This represents a 17.6 percent increase over the December 2015 tally of 28,025 units and checks in as the best December on record, said Bill Baker, senior director of communications.

For the year as a whole, all RV shipments climbed to 430,691 units, a gain of 15.1 percent over 2015, and the best yearly total in more than 40 years. This year also marked the seventh consecutive annual increase in RV shipments since the end of the last recession, he explained.

Here is the complete year-end shipment report for 2016:

Type Dec. 2015 Dec. 2016 % Change Total 2015 Total 2016 % Change
 Travel Trailers 17,737 21,443 +20.9% 239,255 282,250 +18.0%
Fifth Wheels 5,634 6,484 +15.1% 75,148 80,435 +7.0%
Folding Campers 633 627 -0.9% 9,206  10,208 +10.9%
 Truck Campers 260 241 -7.3% 3,327 3,057 -8.1%
TOTAL TOWABLES 24,264 28,795 +18.7% 326,936 375,950 +15.0%
Type A Motorhomes 1,770 1,647 -6.9% 21,948 22,673 +3.3%
Type B Motorhomes 248 343 +54.4% 3,294 4,087 +24.1%
Type C Motorhomes 1,743 2,145 +23.1% 22,068 27,981 +26.8%
TOTAL MOTORHOMES 3,761 4,175  +11.0% 47,310 54,741 +15.7%
 TOTAL RV SHIPMENTS 28,025 32,970 +17.6% 374,246 430,691 +15.1%

 

SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release

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