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RV Shipments Hit Four Year High in 2013

 RV wholesale shipments finished 2013 on a four-year high note with a total of 321,127 units shipped, a gain of 12.4% over the 2012 year-end total of 285,749 units, according to RVIA’s December survey of RV manufacturers.

This was nearly twice the annual total of 2009 (165,700 units) and marked the fourth consecutive annual increase since the end of the last recession for the RV industry.

Towable units ended the year at 282,795 units, a 9.8% increase over the 257,551 units shipped in 2012. Motorhomes surged to a 35.9% gain in 2013, registering 38,332 units against the 28,198 units the previous year.

The 321,127 unit total also bettered the year-end projection of 316,300 units provided by Dr. Richard Curtin in the Winter 2013 issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIA’s quarterly forecasting newsletter.

“The strong growth seen in the RV market in 2013 is due to a combination of the clear-cut affinity consumers have for RV travel and ownership coupled with strengthening economic conditions that have seen rising home and stock values, the improved availability of credit, and continued gains in job and incomes combine to boost consumer confidence,” said RVIA President Richard Coon.

For more information on RV market statistics and research, visit the “Market Data and Trends” section of

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