The wholesale market for RVs was red hot in March with shipments of all types of units increased 29.2% compared with March 2003, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today (May 4).
Motorhome shipments grew by 32.1% and towable deliveries increased 28.4% when March of this year is compared with March 2003.
Even the folding-camper segment, which has struggled the last few years because of the availability of attractive substitute products, experienced a 9.7% increase in factory-to-dealer shipments in March to 3,400 units, compared with 3,100 units in March 2003.
However, folding-camper shipments still were down 2.2% during the first quarter of this year to 8,700 units, compared with 8,900 for the first three months of last year.
Here is how the other RV product categories fared:
• Travel-trailer shipments increased 22.2% in March to 15,400 units. In the first quarter, travel-trailer deliveries increased 14% to 39,000 units.
• Fifth-wheel shipments shot up 52.5% to 9,300 units. During the first quarter, fifth-wheel shipments increased 34.8% to 22,100 units.
• Class A motorhome deliveries increased 25.6% in March to 4,900 units. During the first quarter, Class A deliveries increased 22% to 12,200 units.
• Class C motorhome shipments grew by 53.3% in March to 2,300 units. During the first quarter, Class C shipments increased by 39% to 5,700 units.
• Truck-camper deliveries increased 14.3% in March to 800 units. During the first quarter, truck-camper shipments improved by 9.5% to 2,300 units.
• Class B motorhome shipments were flat in March at 200 units, the same number delivered a year earlier. Class B deliveries also were flat in the first quarter at 600 units, the same number shipped during the first three months of last year.