The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will begin reporting separate shipment statistics for hybrid travel trailers in its monthly Market Report beginning in January.

Hybrid trailers have gained a substantial share of the travel trailer market since debuting in the late 1990s.

Currently, hybrids are reported in the travel trailer segment of RVIA’s month shipments report.

“We have been gathering data about (hybrid trailer) shipments from manufacturers for the Market Information Committee for about a year,” explained RVIA Vice President of Administration Mac Bryan. “We found that hybrids are about 10% of the current travel trailer market – a significant enough number for the committee to want it reported.”

Bryan said the reporting will begin in RVIA’s January market report so shipments for 2001 and 2002 can be compared. “We want people to be able to compare apples and apples,” Bryan said.

Hybrid trailers have characteristics common to hardwall travel trailers, but usually have soft-walled bunk compartments similar to pop-up trailers that fold out from the front and/or rear.

For reporting purposes, Bryan said manufacturers will be asked to report shipments of “trailers with folding bunk end units.” He said it won’t be possible to break out hybrids from the trailer report for years prior to 2000.