Shipments to retailers of all RVs climbed to the highest level in nearly a year in the June survey of manufacturers, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Totals reached 15,700 units in June, gaining 18% over the previous month, but off 33.2% compared to the same month one year earlier and were at their highest level since August last year.
Towable shipments totaled 14,700 units, off 29.7% from June 2008, while motorized shipments totaled 1,000, down 61.5% from June 2008.
Although improvements have been slow in coming, shipments this month represented a total of more than 167,000 units on an annualized basis.
Towable shipments by segment compared to June 2008 were as follows:
- Travel trailers, 10,100, down 23.5%.
- Fifth-wheels, 3,100, off 43.6%.
- Folding camping trailers, 1,300, down 27.8%.
- Truck campers, 200, off 50%.
Motorized shipments by segment were as follows:
- Class A, 400, down 71.4%.
- Class B, 100, off 50%.
- Class C, 500, down 50%.
Year-to-date, towable RV shipments reached 67,100 units in the first half of the year, while motorhome shipments totaled 5,600 units during the same period.
This year’s shipments of all RVs trails the 2008 pace by 55.3%. Towable shipments trail the 2008 rate by 52.8% while motorized is down 72.4%.