Wholesale shipments to retailers totaled 27,106 units in the July survey of manufacturers, off 3.1% from this same month last year. All categories of vehicles participated in the slight decline with the exception of truck campers and Class A motorhomes where gains in shipments were restored.
Through July this year, RV manufacturers have reported total wholesale shipments of 229,759 units, a gain of 4.4% over this same period last year. Seasonally adjusted, July’s total represented an annual rate of 345,000, about 5% less than the 7-month average so far in 2015.
RVIA Senior Director of Communications Bill Baker told RVBUSINESS.com that the slight decline in July shipments was more a reflection of the strong numbers posted in 2014 than a downward trend.
“For the month, shipments were off slightly, but overall it was a very strong July,” he said. “Historically, July is the time of year when shipments start to trend down a bit, but it was still the second best July in the years coming out of the recession. Last year, shipments totaled 27,106 units, which was a high mark, and were above the 15-year July average of 24,600 units.”
“RVIA looks at the bigger picture,” Baker added. “We will typically see some month-to-month declines, but overall we’re looking at 2015 being on pace to finish in the 375,000 unit range, representing 4-5% growth for the industry.”