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Wholesale RV shipments climb 8 percent in March

(April 28, 2015) -- Overall, shipment totals were very strong, with towables ahead 9.6 percent. Motorhomes were ahead slightly with totals for each vehicle category comparable to one year ago. Year to date, first quarter shipments climbed to 97,074 units, 7.9 percent ahead of this same period last year.

RESTON, Va. — Wholesale shipments of all RVs improved 8.5 percent in the March survey of manufacturers to 36,535 units, the best March totals since 2007, the RV Industry Association announced today.

Overall, shipment totals were very strong, with towables ahead 9.6 percent.  Motorhomes were ahead slightly with totals for each vehicle category comparable to one year ago. Year to date, first quarter shipments climbed to 97,074 units, 7.9 percent ahead of this same period last year.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, first quarter shipments were running at an annualized rate of 387,000 units, 8 percent ahead of the pace witnessed this same period last year.

Here is the complete wholesale shipment report for March:

Unit March 2014 March 2015 % Change Total 2014 Total 2015 % Change
Travel Trailers 21,110 23,203 +9.9% 56,390 61,394 +8.9%
Fifth Wheels 6,999 7,778 +11.1% 19,068 20,365 +6.8%
Folding Campers 1,165 1,115 -4.3% 2,679 2,580 -3.7%
Truck Campers 284 295 +3.9% 709 772 +8.9%
TOTAL TOWABLES 29,558 32,391 +9.6% 78,846 85,111 +7.9%
Class A Motorhomes 1,875 1,867 -0.4% 5,470 5,547 +1.4%
Class B Motorhomes 232 273 +17.7% 741 830 +12.0%
Class C Motorhomes 2,013 2,004 -0.4% 4,914 5,586 +13.7%
TOTAL MOTORHOMES 4,120 4,144 +0.6% 11,125 11,963 +7.5%
TOTAL RV SHIPMENTS 33,678 36,535 +8.5% 89,971 97,074 +7.9%

 

SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release

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About Greg Gerber

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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  1. Wholesale orders have been moving ahead of registrations. The RVIA should be concerned. It’s amazing that preowned Motorhome prices haven’t gone through the roof with so many new ultra low end units moving into the six figures and high end diesels breaching the 1 million dollar mark. Value vs price is becoming prevalent to many diesel buyers.

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