Just looking at the numbers, the RV industry has much to celebrate. RV wholesale shipments in 2017 hit 504,599 units, up 17.2 percent from 2016; the highest number since the industry tanked during the Great Recession.
The RV industry is thriving and growing. In fact, Dr. Richard Curtin, RV industry analyst and director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, estimates the number of RV owners has swelled to 8.9 million households, up from 7.9 million in 2005. This is certainly good news for the industry.
But there is a dark side to this numbers’ game. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the number of RV repair technicians at 13,520 techs, meaning the average technician is responsible for servicing an estimated 658 RVs, and industry experts say that is simply too many rigs per technician.
The second 2018 issue of RV Daily Report’s special publication takes an in-depth look at this critical issue. Click on the link below to read the issue!