RV Sales up 10% over Same Period Last Year

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:


 April 2016April 2017% ChangeYTD 2016YTD 2017% Change YTD
Travel Trailers (ALL)26,07428,4609.2%96,418107,44511.4%
Travel Trailers - Fifth Wheel7,6047,8122.7%28,05930,3698.2%
Folding Camping Trailers1,149771-32.9%3,7373,150-15.7%
Truck Campers223152-31.8%990750-24.2%
All Towable RVs35,05037,1956.1%129,204141,7149.7%


 April 2016April 2017 % ChangeYTD 2016YTD 2017% Change YTD
Class A1,9991,635-18.2%8,1707,541-7.7%
Class B35147134.2%1,2561,70635.8%
Class C2,6642,99412.4%9,62912,20026.7%
All Motorhomes 5,0145,1001.7%19,05521,44712.6%
Total RV Shipments40,06442,2955.6%148,259163,16110.1%

Data: Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)


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