RV shipments fall 29 percent in September

ELKHART, Ind.  — Ball State economist Michael Hicks worries that the September slowdown in RV shipments could be a sign that the proverbial canary in the coal mine is showing signs of weakness, reported the South Bend Tribune.

The RV Industry Association reported that shipments of all RVs dropped 29 percent to 30,969 units in September from 43,598 units in the same month last year. Shipment totals also fell off in August and June, but remain 0.2 percent ahead of last year’s pace.

Any slowdown in the industry — which employs tens of thousands in the Elkhart County region — still has not resulted in any mass layoffs. The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in the county was 2.4 percent in September, still among the lowest in the state.

Read the full article in the South Bend Tribune.


Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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  • Captn John says:

    great news. Please let’s see the trend continue until builders have the time to build units correctly, or go out of business.

  • Master RV Tech says:

    I have a Mobile RV Service company in South Florida where we see tens of thousands of RV’s coming through our area. Unlike dealers, we have owners in front of us as we work through issues, so we get an ear full. New RV owners are fed up up with the lack of quality construction and the lack of quality of the assorted parts and appliances that make up the units. Price of the RV dosen’t effect the lack of quality or the disgust of the owners, we see it with entry level trailers all the way up to luxury diesel pushers.
    The manufactures spent too much on hype and not enough on the build quality, after sale support both for the owners nd the dealers, and the needs of the industry such as the severe shortage of techs to work the issues on these units. We hear all the time people are fed up with all the issues around owning an RV, especially the normal 3 month wait to get an appointment for service and the lack of manufacture suppport. We see units all the time that should have never made it out of the factory, not to mention the dealership!
    Hard times are certainly in our future and we only have to blame the manufacturers and dealers for putting greed before quality. Too late to fix the situation, it is like a mud slide, nothing will stop the downward slide…… How long did you really think that this situation would last before it blew up in your face? Guess most don’t care as they will walk away with hefty personal bank balances. I think most of the industry feel that everything is coming up roses, but reality shows something completely different.

  • Al says:

    If north american market offerings were of minimal European -built quality, they would still be a hundred percent better than what we currently have to choose from, and that includes brand names like Airstream, Newmar or any other so-called higher quality models. They are all assembled with same low-cost contractor grade components and glued together with crazy glue and caulking. Forget the tremendous marketing that goes into the brand’s name, look behind and under cabinets, etc. Nothing out there is worth spending a hard earned dollar if you plan to either use the unit at all or plan to keep it more than three years. It won’t last that long. I’ve been suckered in buying three new units in the past ten years and it’s really from bad to really worst!

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