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RV Shipments Continue to Gain

RV wholesale shipments are continuing their rise in 2011 with total shipments reaching 89,700 units through April, an increase of six percent over the April 2010 total of 84,500 units.

RVIA’s monthly survey of manufacturers shows that the motorhome market continues to post significant gains with motorhome shipments growing by nearly 17% from 8,300 units in April 2010 to 9,700 units in April 2011. Deliveries to retailers of towable RVs also showed growth with a five percent increase from 76,200 units in April 2010 to 80,000 units in April 2011.

RV shipments are tracking closely along with year-end projections from Dr. Richard Curtin, director of the Survey of Consumes at the University of Michigan.  In the Summer issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIA’s quarterly shipment forecasting newsletter, Dr. Curtin projects year-end shipments to reach 260,200 units, a solid 7.4% gain over the 242,300 units in 2010.

The positive RV outlook is based on favorable economic factors that outweigh the negative. On the positive side, RV demand will benefit from improving credit conditions, employment gains, stabilization of the housing market, and a continued strong preference for the RV lifestyle.  These factors are expected to trump rising food and fuel prices, minimal wage increases, unemployment, and the threat of higher taxes.

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