First-quarter wholesale shipments of recreational park trailers were flat compared with last year’s figures, according to the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA).
The Newnan, Ga.-based trade group reported 2,500 shipments to park trailer dealers in January, February and March, matching the number produced during the same period last year.
The figures do not include an additional 2,072 units, which park trailer manufacturers produced during the first quarter for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for use as hurricane relief shelter, said William Garpow, RPTIA’s executive director.
However, because of the short-term nature of the FEMA orders, Garpow said RPTIA has opted not to blend the FEMA shipment figures with its normal quarterly reports so as to provide a more accurate reflection of current market demand for park trailers by consumers and campground and RV park owners.
The park trailer industry has enjoyed record-breaking growth during the past three years, but RPTIA-member manufacturers are seeing a reduction in the volume and pace of orders for park trailers this year.
“Business is decent, but not what it has been,” said Olin Wenrick, president and CEO of Elkhart, Ind.-based Trophy Homes. “But if this was as good as it gets, I wouldn’t be unhappy.”