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February Wholesale RV Shipments Rise as Positive Trend Continues

The results of RVIA’s February 2010 survey of manufacturers show that 20,100 new RVs were shipped from manufacturers to dealers in February, up 27% over January 2010 shipments and up 95% over February 2009 shipments. 

February 2010 was the best monthly shipment total in nearly two years.  Seasonally adjusted, these results represent an annualized total of more than 231,000 units. 

Improvements were reported in all product categories with towables increasing by the most units and motorhomes by the greatest percentage.  Conventional travel trailers continued to represent roughly 6 in 10 RV shipments in February with towables as a whole represented 90% of all shipments.  Motorhomes improved over last month by more than a third, reaching 2,000 units for the month.  In all, RV shipments during the first two months in 2010 were double their totals of last year.

The strong February shipment numbers reflect the positive RV market outlook provided by Dr. Richard Curtin in the Spring issue of RV Roadsigns, in which Curtin reported that RV shipments are expected to grow to a total of 215,900 in 2010, an anticipated gain of 30% above the 2009 total of 165,700 units.

Curtin said of the positive forecast, “Rising shipments in 2009 and early 2010 reflect both the desire to restock reduced dealer inventories as well as an improving trend in RV sales to consumers. The industry is firmly on the road to recovery.”

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