RV shipments continue on a downward slide

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RESTON, Va. — The RV Industry Association’s February survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 36,421 wholesale shipments, a decrease of -15.4% from the 43,038 units shipped last February.

Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 31,876 units for the month, a decrease of -15% compared to last February’s total of 37,481 units.

Motorhomes finished the month with 4,545 units, down -18.2% compared to the February 2018 total of 5,557 units.

Park Model RVs finished the month down -11.4% compared to last February with 349 shipments to retailers.

A print-friendly version of this report can be downloaded at www.rvia.org.

SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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  • Captn John says:

    Not as good as the last report showing nearly 40% but a help. Hopefully, the year ends closer to the last figure.

    • RVMAN says:

      Why in the he double L are you such a negative nerd. If you hate the industry so bad why don’t you just do yourself and others a favor and ignore it. Find something in life that you do like. Just saying……

  • Josh Winters says:

    A little more perspective and research would’ve been valuable here. This is not a reflection of the marketplace. It’s a result of HUGE amounts of products shipping this last fall.

    The industry as stronger than its ever been right now. The supply simply outweighed demand as factories cranked out a TON of RVs this past fall.

    “Shipments” just means “from the factories,” not sales which are up. This article is an example of manipulation of data to skew public impression.

    • John says:

      Its not a manipulation of anything, the RV Industry reached the top of the curve in the cycle mid 2018 and is on the downslide. Sales and shipments are both off @ 30% year over year. This started last June and is accelerating. The next recession started mid 2018. Look into layoffs in the RV Industry over the last few months.

      • Greg Gerber says:

        I agree. We certainly don’t manipulate data. In fact, we provided a snapshot of the original chart submitted by the RV Industry Association. Dealers are just right-sizing their lot inventories. The story was just a report of the most recent numbers released by the association. We don’t often go into the cause or effect in the shipment reports. But it would be a good idea to include some of that perspective in future reports.

        However, the shipment slide this far into spring does pose a problem. Dealers risk placing orders in April for delivery in June, just a few months before the model year changes go into effect. They aren’t going to want a lot of older models on their lots when the new models start shipping because it significantly reduces their value when the new ones arrive. But, dealers also risk not having enough RVs on their lot to meet demand this summer. It is something we will need to watch in the months ahead.

        GREG GERBER
        Editor, RV Daily Report

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