Wholesale deliveries of RVs to retailers in April remained well off the 2008 pace but showed some improvement over March, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today (May 26).
April shipments totaled 13,300 units, compared with 31,400 units in April 2008, or a 57.6% decline, RVIA noted.
Towable shipments totaled 12,300, compared with 27,400 in April 2008, while motorized shipments totaled 1,000 units compared with 4,000 in April 2008.
Meanwhile, wholesale deliveries of towable RVs to retailers did continue their steady climb toward normalcy in April. The April shipment total of 13,300 for towables was slightly better than the 12,800 shipped in March.
Motorized shipments remained flat between March and April.
By segment, April shipments for each vehicle type were off by at least 50% in a year-over-year comparison. The vehicle type, April shipment total and corresponding figure for 2008 was as follows:
- All travel trailers, 7,900, down from 16,600 in 2008.
- Fifth-whele trailers, 2,900, down from 7,100 in 2008.
- Folding camping trailers, 1,300, down from 3,100 un 2008.
- Truck campers, 200, down from 600 in 2008.
- Class A motorhomes, 300, down from 1,800 in 2008.
- Class B motorhomes, 100, down fromn 300 in 2008.
- Class C motorhomes, 600, down from 1,900 in 2008.
For the first four months of 2008, the industry has shipped 43,700 units, down 61.7% from the 114,000 shipped in the corresponding period in 2008.
Towable shipments in the first four months totaled 40,300 units, down 59.3% from the 99,000 shipped a year ago, while motorized shipments totaled 3,400 units, down 77.3% from the 15,000 shipped a year ago.