Motorhome shipments continued their brisk pace in July, marking a 25.5% increase year-to-date compared to 2003, according to the most recent wholesale shipment report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Overall, RV shipments were up 19.1% to 228,600 units compared to the first seven months of last year.
With the exception of folding camping trailers, in fact, all towable and motorized segments have posted double-digit growth year-to-date, ranging from 13.2% for truck campers to an impressive 40.2% for Class C motorhomes.
• Fifth-wheel trailer shipments increased 28.6% in July to 8,100 units compared to 6,300 units in July of 2003. For the year, manufacturers have shipped 55,000 fifth-wheels to dealers, a 30.3% increase.
• Class A motorhome shipments for the year totaled 27,800, up 18.8%, although July’s gains were a moderate 2.8%, up from 3,600 to 3,700 units.
• Folding camping trailer shipments continued their ongoing decline in July, dropping 14.7% for the month to 2,900 units. For the year, folding camping trailer shipments are up .4%, or about 100 units, to 22,600.
• Minimotorhome shipments grew 35.7% for the month, from 1,400 units in July of 2003 to 1,900 units in July of 2004; they’re up 40.2% for the year, from 10,700 units last year to 15,000 units in ’04.
• And, finally, wholesale travel trailer shipments were up 14% for the month to 14,700 units; for the year, they’re up 16.2%, from 86,200 for the first seven months of ’03 to 100,200 for the same period in ’04.