Recreation vehicle shipments for February were not only up 18% compared to last February, they were also the highest total in eight years for that month.

And, according to a report by the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, the industry continued to show growth despite challenging weather conditions that affected both shipping and the ability of employees to sometimes make it to work.

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) of Reston, Va., 30,826 units were shipped in February compared to 26,120 in February of 2013, making it the 26th straight month that shipments have been greater than the same month the previous year.

It’s no surprise to Dave Titus of International RV in Elkhart, whose dealership had its best ever February and January and is having an excellent March.

“It’s a great day to be an RV dealer,” said Titus, who has been with International RV for 25 years, the last three as owner.

There’s no telling how good the numbers could have been had the winter been more mild, he said. Still, he’s not complaining.

“If the first quarter is any sign, I know for me it will be the best year we’ve ever had,” he said. “The first quarter normally (is pretty bad).”

Part of the reason might be that International RV now sells more affordable products than it once did. The result is Titus is selling more RVs and seeing more families, the latter a national trend.

The continued rise in numbers is a result of consumer confidence remaining high, said Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council Inc.

“People are excited about warm weather finally coming and they are anxious to get outside,” he added. “Everybody is tired of winter.”

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