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RV shipments post a 5.8 percent jump in November

(Dec. 30, 2013) -- Year to date, total shipments have grown 12.2 percent to 299,451 units through November 2013, the largest total in six years, RVIA records show. Shipments of all towable RVs have risen 9.7 percent to 264,019 units while motorhome shipments shot up up 36 percent to 35,432 units, both were six year bests.

RESTON, Va. — Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 21,748 units in the RV Industry Association’s November survey of manufacturers, an increase of 5.8 percent over November one year ago.

Towable RVs improved 2.4 percent to 18,711 units with motorhomes climbing 32.3 percent to 3,037 units.  Seasonally adjusted, November’s totals reached an annualized rate of more than 366,500 units, second only to last month’s 390,000 unit performance so far in 2013.

Year to date, total shipments have grown 12.2 percent to 299,451 units through November 2013, the largest total in six years, RVIA records show.  Shipments of all towable RVs have risen 9.7 percent to 264,019 units while motorhome shipments shot up up 36 percent to 35,432 units, both were six year bests.

Here is the complete November shipment report:

Unit Type Nov. 2012 Nov. 2013 % Change Total 2012 Total 2013 % Change
Travel Trailers 12,758 13,201 +3.5% 165,218 184,473 +11.7%
Fifth Wheels 4,722 4,731 +0.2% 61,734 65,773 +6.5%
Folding Campers 569 548 -3.7% 10,577 10,479 -0.9%
Truck Campers 217 231 +6.5% 3,205 3,294 +2.8%
TOTAL TOWABLES 18,266 18,711 +2.4% 240,734 264,019 +9.7%
Class A Motorhomes 1,358 1,526 +12.4% 13,393 17,439 +30.2%
Class B Motorhomes 162 177 +9.3% 1,968 2,034 +3.4%
Class C Motorhomes 775 1,334 +72.1% 10,694 15,959 +49.2%
TOTAL MOTORHOMES 2,295 3,037 +32.3% 26,055 35,432 +49.2%
TOTAL RV SHIPMENTS 20,561 21,748 +5.8% 266,789 299,451 +12.2%

 

SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release

 

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Greg Gerber is a freelance writer and podcaster who has been writing about the RV industry since 2000. He is the former editor of RV Daily Report and can be reached at greg@rvdailyreport.com.

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