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RV shipments continue to rise through 2018

UNITED STATES — RV wholesale shipments are expected to reach 539,900 units by the end of 2018, a 7 percent increase from the 504,599 units shipped in 2017, according to the new quarterly projection from Dr. Richard Curtin in the RV Industry Association’s spring issue of the RV RoadSigns forecasting newsletter.

This anticipated growth would mark the ninth consecutive year of expansion for the RV market, eclipsing the previous record of five years set from 2002-2006.

“The favorable RV outlook is based on expected growth in employment, wages and after-tax incomes,” said Curtin, director, Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan, who has conducted RV market research since 1979.

Towable RV shipments are projected to rise to 472,000 in 2018. Motorhome shipments will also see gains, growing to 67,900 units in 2018.

The positive outlook is also a reflection of the strong performance of the RV industry through the last half of 2017.

SOURCE: RVIA Today Express

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Ronnie Wendt is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

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  1. Please, higher fuel and interest rates. Higher CG fees will help too. People will be seeing a camping trip as their neighbor’s driveway.

  2. With all the sales of these new RV’s, I’m wondering what is going to happen to the tens of thousands used ones that are out there when people stop traveling. It is getting very difficult to sell a used one, because people want brand new ones and if they can the financing will always choose a new one over a used one. We have a very nice 2005 5th wheel and are getting close to the end of our rving years, but I’m guessing we will practically have to give it away to get rid of it.