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Home » Market Data and Trends » Shipments » Historical Glance

Historical Glance: RV Wholesale Shipments

Deliveries Annually from Manufacturers to Dealers

1978-2014

 

 

 

 

Recreation Vehicles (RVs)

 



Year

RV Unit
Shipments
(in 000)

% Change
From
Prior Year

RV Retail Value

(in billions)

         

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1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

     389.9

     199.2

     107.2

     133.6

     140.6

     196.6

     215.7

     186.9

     189.8

     211.7

     215.8

     187.9

     173.1

     163.3

     203.4

     227.8

     259.2

     247.0

     247.5

     254.5

     292.7

     321.2

     300.1

     256.8

     311.0

     320.8

     370.1

     384.4

     390.5

     353.4

     237.0

     165.7

     242.3

     252.3

     285.9

     321.1

     356.7

     374.2

      - 5.8

     - 48.9

     - 46.2

    + 24.6

      + 5.2

    + 39.8

      + 9.7

     - 13.4

      + 1.6

    + 11.5

      + 1.9

     - 12.9

      - 7.9

      - 5.7

    + 24.6

    + 12.0

    + 13.8

      - 4.7

      + 0.2

      + 2.8

     +15.0

       +9.7

      - 6.6

      -14.4

      +21.1

       +3.2

       +15.4

       +3.9

       +1.6

       -9.5

       -32.9

       -30.1

       +46.2

       +4.1

       +13.2

       +12.4

       +11.1

       +4.9

      4.077

      2.123

      1.168

      1.253

      1.879

      3.485

      4.393

      3.936

      4.031

      4.660

      4.955

      4.589

      4.113

      3.614

      4.411

      4.713

      5.691

      5.894

      6.328

      6.904

      8.364

    10.413

      9.529

      8.598

     10.960

     12.058

     14.700

     14.366

     14.732

     14.504

     8.758

     5.152

     8.732

     9.028

     10.835

     12.984

     15.396

     16.506

Shipment Trends:

Shipments of all RVs (travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, truck campers, folding camping trailers and motorhomes) increased to 356,735 units in 2014, a gain of 11.1% over the previous year.  This was the fifth consecutive annual increase and the fourth double digit percentage gain in the past five years.  Forecasts for the years 2015 and 2016 see shipments continuing to grow with increases expected in most all vehicle categories.

   

Popularity:

Today a record 9 million RVs are on the roads in the United States, a substantial increase in ownership over the past decade.  According to a recent study by the University of Michigan, “the steady gain in ownership reflects a strong and enduring appeal of the RV lifestyle.”

 

 

Owners by Age:

RV owners aged 35 to 54 posted the largest percentage gains in ownership over the past decade.  Importantly, ownership rates rise quickly and remain at high levels across all age groups until owners were above the age of 75 years.

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