RV shipments race forward

RESTON, Va. — RV shipments to retailers raced ahead in October, climbing 29.3 percent ahead of the previous month and were 16.6 percent greater than the same month last year, the RV Industry Association announced today.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, October shipments were at an annualized rate near 380,000 units.  Double digit gains were reported in all but one vehicle category allowing totals to reach levels not seen in more than eight years, said Bill Baker, RVIA senior director of commmunications.

“Year-to-date, total shipments have now reached 277,703 units through October, 12.8 percent ahead of the same 10 month period last year,” said Baker. “This latest surge in shipments all but assures totals for the year will be the best in six years and provides an optimistic view of further gains in 2014.”

Here is the complete October shipment report:

Unit Oct. 2012 Oct. 2013 % Change Total 2012 Total 2013 % Change
Travel Trailers 15,230 17,503 +14.9% 152,460 171,272 +12.3%
Fifth Wheels 6,144 6,880 +12% 57,012 61,042 +7.1%
Folding Campers 782 897 +13.3% 10,008 9,931 -0.8%
Truck Campers 275 346 +25.8% 2,988 3,063 +2.5%
TOTAL TOWABLES 22,441 25,626 +14.2% 222,468 245,308 +10.3%
Class A Motorhomes 1,400 1,781 +27.2% 12,035 15,913 +32.2%
Class B Motorhomes 184 193 +4.9% 1,806 1,847 +2.8%
Class C Motorhomes 922 1,480 +60.5% 9,919 14,625 +47.4%
TOTAL MOTORHOMES 2,506 3,454 +37.8% 23,760 32,395 +36.3%
TOTAL RV SHIPMENTS 24,947 29,080 +16.6% 246,228 277,703 +12.8%

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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