RV dealers generally say that a consistent new model introduction time frame is important to their inventory stocking plans, according to the third-quarter RV dealer survey conducted by Baird Equity Research in partnership with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
“Generally, dealers believe that a consistent midsummer introduction is important (49%), while just 18% of dealers do not believe a consistent midsummer introduction is crucial,” the report stated.
The report also stated that retail RV demand is strong, with particular strength in motorhomes.
Overall dealer sentiment in the survey remains high — 69 on a scale of 100 — as seasonal inventory patterns take shape.
Baird reports that “dealers appear slightly more cautious as the season draws to an end. Dealer-reported motorhome inventory days increased to 138 from 119. Towable days increased to 138 from 131.”
Baird is an international wealth management, capital markets, private equity, and asset management firm.