The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 2003 Industry Profile indicates that U.S. RV manufacturers shipped 259,000 towables and 61,900 motorhomes to dealers in 2003 for a record total retail value of more than $12 billion, up 9.8% over 2002.
RVIA says $7.3 billion of that value was in motorized, $4.9 billion in towables. Unit volume shipment totals exceeded ’02 by 3.2%.
Also highlighted in the latest profile:
* Indiana remained the nation’s RV manufacturing hub with 58% of all RVs built there in 2003. California was second with 11% followed by Oregon, Pennsylvania and Iowa.
* Nearly one out of every five RVS, or 19.3%, was shipped to the Pacific Region, which includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.
* California remained the leading destination for wholesale shipments with 13.2%. Texas ranked second with 6%, followed by Michigan and Florida at 5.1%.
* Among motorhomes, Class A’s were the biggest sellers with 41,500 units shipped compared to 2100 Class Bs and 18,300 Class Cs.
* More than two-thirds of all RVs, 64.8%, were manufactured with at least one slideout, up from 58.4% in 2002. Among motorhomes, 94.4% of Class A RVs featured slideouts compared to 91.5% of fifth-wheels.
* The most popular lengths of Class A motorhomes were from 38 to 40 feet, which accounted for 30.2% of all Class A shipments, up from 24.9% in 2002.
* Among both conventional towables and fifth-wheels, the most popular lengths were from 30 to 34 feet, 11 inches.
* Conversion vehicles continued a nearly decade-long decline, with 57,000 units having been shipped in 2003, down 15.8% from 67,700 in 2002.