The hot RV wholesale market continued blazing through May with total RV shipments climbing 24.4% to 32,600 units, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported.
For the first five months of 2004, shipments rose 20.6% to 161,200 units.
Significantly, gas-price woes didn’t seem to affect motorized wholesale, as motorhomes surged 30.4% for the month and towables rose 23.1%
Here are the details of the RVIA report:
• In the motorized category, May saw a 30.4% boost in shipments to 6,000 units, and a 29.3% rise to 31,800 units year to date.
• Class C vehicles led the motorized pack by surging 53.3% to 2,300 units in May, and 42.1% to 10,800 units in the first five months.
• Class A motorhomes rose 20.7% to 3,500 units for May, and posted an increase of 24.2% to 20,000 units for the first five months of the year.
• Class B motorhomes remained flat for the month, posting no change and holding steady at 200 units. For the year, however, that category is up 11.1% with a reported 1,000 units.
• Shipments of towable RVs rose 23.1% to 26,600 units for May, and 18.6% to 129,400 units for the first five months of the year.
• Fifth-wheels remain the star in the trailer category, posting 28.3% increase to 7,700 units in May, and a 31.1% boost to 38,000 units for the first five months.
• Folding camping trailers rose 25.9% to 3,400 units for the month, and 3.8% to 16,400 units through May.
• Travel trailers were up 19% to 14,400 units for May and 16.5% to 69,800 units for the year.