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RV Shipments Rise through First Half of 2011

The RV market continued to gain ground through the first half of 2011 with total wholesale shipments reaching 144,000 units, an increase of nearly six percent over the 136,000 units shipped in the same time period last year.

On a seasonally-adjusted basis, shipments in June were at an annualized rate of more than 268,000 units, the second best rate all year. At this point, RV shipments are trending slightly ahead of the year-end projections from Dr. Richard Curtin, director of the Survey of Consumers at the University of Michigan. In the Special 2011 issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIA’s quarterly shipment forecasting newsletter, he predicted shipments would rise to 260,200 units at the end of 2011, a 7.4% increase over the 242,300 units shipped in 2010. 

In RVIA’s monthly survey of member manufacturers, the 26,700 total units shipped reported in June 2011 were down a slight 1.5% from the June 2010 total of 27,100 units.  

RVIA’s survey also shows that the motorhome market continues to perform well this year with shipments totaling 14,700 units through June 2011, a 9% increase over the 13,500 units reported through June 2010. Type C motorhomes rose by 11.5% from 6,100 units in the first half of 2010 to 6,800 units through June this year. Type B motorhomes posted an 11% gain, from 900 units to 1,000 units. Type A motorhomes grew by over 6% with shipments rising from 6,500 units to 6,900 units. 

Deliveries to retailers of all towable RVs were reported at 129,300 units through June 2011, a 5.6% gain over the 122,500 units shipped through June 2010. Fifth-wheel travel trailers led the way with an 11.6% increase from 30,100 units in June 2010 to 33,600 units in June 2011. Travel trailers rose 6.3% from 81,500 units to 86,600 units. Truck campers remained even with 1,500 units reported through the first half of both 2010 and 2011. Folding camping trailer shipments were off by 19.1%, down to 7,600 units from 9,400 units. 

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