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Wholesale shipments continue meteoric climb

Wholesale shipments continue meteoric climb

RESTON, Va. — February’s survey of manufacturers conducted by the RV Industry Association found wholesale shipments continuing the strong start in 2017 with a monthly total of 39,428 units.

That represents a 9.7 percent rise compared to February 2016 total of 35,929; and an 8.6 percent gain over last month’s very strong total of 33,859, said Bill Baker, RVIA senior director of communications.

All towable RVs led by conventional travel trailers reached a total of 33,852, a gain of 7.5 percent over last month’s total of 28,931.  Motorhome shipments reached a total 5,606 units with a 17.1 percent gain compared to February 2016.

“February’s total shipments are the best for any comparable February on record, maintaining the strong RV market growth from last year,” said Baker.

Here is the complete shipment report for February:

 Unit Feb. 2016 Feb. 2017 % Change Total 2016 Total 2017 % Change
Travel Trailers 22,926 25, 234 +10.1% 43,499 47,563 +9.3%
Fifth Wheels 7,154 7,841 +9.6% 12,785 13,673 +6.9%
Folding Campers 808 568 -29.7% 1,666 1,143 -31.4%
Truck Campers 255 179 -29.8% 441 374 -15.2%
TOTAL TOWABLES 31,143 33,822 8.6% 58,391 62,753 7.5%
Class A Motorhomes 2,112 1,918 -9.2% 4,126 3,873 -6.1%
Class B Motorhomes 271 443 +63.5% 577 808 +40.0%
Class C Motorhomes 2,403 3,245 +35.0% 4,361 5,853 +34.2%
 TOTAL MOTORHOMES 4,786  5,606 +17.1%  9,064 10,534 +16.2%
TOTAL RV SHIPMENTS 35,929 39,428 +9.7% 67,455 73,278 +8.6%

SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release

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Greg Gerber is the editor and founder of RV Daily Report. A native of Madison, Wis., he moved to Phoenix in 2009 to escape the endless winters and wicked humidity of the six-week "summer" season. He's a DODO -- Dad of Daughter's Only -- who would crawl across the desert on his hands and knees for an In-N-Out Double Double. He has visited every state except Hawaii and is anxiously waiting for some RV company to host a conference in the Aloha State.

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