The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will begin issuing monthly wholesale shipments reports for hybrid and sport utility trailers (SUTs) beginning next January.
As a condition of membership, the RVIA requires RV manufacturers to provide monthly information on the number of units in specific product categories that they ship to their dealers. The RVIA now is encouraging its members to add identifiers to the vehicle identification numbers (VINs) to separate hybrids and SUTs from conventional travel trailers.
Hybrids are part hard-sided travel trailer and part folding camper and now are included among the monthly shipments of conventional travel trailers.
Meanwhile, SUTs, also called toy haulers, include an enclosed area for hauling motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment used by outdoor enthusiasts. SUTs also are included in the conventional travel trailer shipments data.
“RVIA has been carefully watching the developments of these new product types as they have gained market share and has been gathering shipment data on them for over a year now,” said Don Newton, director of product distribution for Winnebago Industries Inc. and chairman of the RVIA’s Market Information Committee.
“We are anxious to see them reported on a regular basis in our monthly reports,” Newton said.
For more information on this and other market data issues, RVIA members can call Mac Bryan at (800) 336 0154 or by e-mail at [email protected]