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RVIA logoRV shipments to retailers closed 2009 on a high note.

Shipments were reported at 14,000 units in the December 2009 survey of manufacturers, an increase of 2% from November but 150% above December one year ago, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

By segment, RVIA reported these December totals and comparison to December 2008 shipments:

  • Travel trailers, 8,400, plus 162.5%.
  • Fifth-wheel trailers, 3,300, plus 120%.
  • Folding camping trailers, 600, plus 100%.
  • Truck campers, 100, plus 108%.
  • Class A motorhomes, 900, plus 125%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 100, plus 142%.
  • Class C motorhomes, 600, plus 200%.

For all of 2009, the industry shipped 152,500 towable units and 13,200 motorized units for a total of 165,700, down 30.1% from the 208,700 towables and 28,300 motorhomes or 237,000 combined units shipped in 2008.

For all of 2009, the segment totals were as follows, followed by comparisons to 2008 year-end totals:

  • Travel trailers, 101,500, minus 20.8%.
  • Fifth-wheels, 36,800, minus 35.4%.
  • Folding camping trailers, 12,00, minus 34.9%.
  • Truck campers, 1,900, minus 59.6%.
  • Class A motorhomes, 5,900, minus 60.4%.
  • Class B motorhomes, 1,200, minus 36.8%.
  • Class C motorhomes, 6,100, minus 47.0%.