The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) April survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished above 40,000 for the second month. Monthly shipments totaled 42,295; an increase of 5.6% compared to last April. Year-to-date wholesale RV shipments have reached 163,161 units, up 10.1% when compared to totals through last April 2016.
All towable RVs led by conventional travel trailers reached a total of 37,195; up 6.1% compared to April last year. Year-to-date all towable RVs are up 9.7% compared to last year with 141,714 units being currently reported.
Motorhome shipments, led by Type C motorhomes, totaled 5,100 units this month, up 1.7% compared to April last year. Year-to-date motorhome shipments are at 21,447 units, up 12.6% compared to the year-to-date total at this point in 2016.
Buyers opt for bigger towables and smaller motorhomes
The data shows a marked increase in travel trailer and fifth-wheel sales, but large drops in the pop-up and truck camper segments. Conversely, motorized RVs saw consumers opting to go smaller, with massive increases in Class B and C sales.
A drop in class A orders could mean big deals for purchasers, such as the previously announced 3-year, 100,000 mile warranty on new Winnebago diesel models. The breakdown of April and year-to-date (YTD) sales according to RVIA’s manufacturer survey follows:
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Data: Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)