RV shipments fall 40 percent compared to January 2018

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RESTON, Va. — The RV Industry Association’s January survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 25,540 wholesale shipments, a decrease of (-39.8%) from the 42,441 units shipped last January.

Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 21,623 units for the month, a decrease of (-41.0%) compared to last January’s total of 36,622 units.

Motorhomes finished the month with 3,917 units, down (-32.7%) compared to the January 2018 total of 5,819 units.

Park model RVs finished the month up 12.6% compared to last January with 330 shipments to retailers.

Here is the full wholesale shipment report, as compiled by the RV Industry Association:

Here is the shipment report for park models, also compiled by RVIA:

SOURCE: Recreation Vehicle 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:

    Great news. Hope this trend continues!

  • Ted says:

    All bubbles burst, eventually. Gas prices are creeping up, the word’s out that the idyllic mountain lakeside campsites in all the ads represents about 1% of the places where real people can actually camp, overcrowded public and private campgrounds filled with squalling children and yapping dogs for which you have to reserve a spot months in advance are less appealing than good hotels and cruise ships, the quality of the merchandise is generally subpar, and getting service for even the most minor issue is problematic. The situation is so bad I’m thinking of writing a series of articles called, “The RV Death Spiral”. Any thoughts on that?

  • Don says:

    Could it possibly be the economy isn’t nearly as good as we’ve been led to believe and as the transfer of wealth to the already wealthy is leaving the people that actually work for a living a little short handed when it comes to disposable income? Where is the money for recreation supposed to come from?

  • George Sears says:

    Not sure what to make of this. Back in December, Camping World stock was collapsing, and short interest was very high. Then the stock market reversed and has been higher and higher. CWH has a lot of inventory, a fair amount of debt. They have new stores. But the stock is well off the lows. If the sales of RVs are down this much, none of the stocks look all that great. I don’t invest in (or short), RV stocks.

    I guess the real question is whether the high gloss finish on the RV industry has worn off, leaving a fairly daunting list of problems. If sales are still down in 6 months? There is so much debt out there…

  • Randy C. says:

    I think social media has exposed how bad the quality is from both RV manufacturers and awful ethical practices (sales & service from dealers.
    Maybe the industry will learn something.

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