The RV Industry Association’s December survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments finished the month with 28,363 wholesale shipments, a decrease of (-21.7%) from the 36,227 units shipped last December.
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 25,207 units for the month, a decrease of (-20.1%) compared to last December’s towable RV shipment total of 31,541.
Motorhomes ended December with 3,156 shipments to retailers, down (-32.7%) compared to last December’s total of 4,686.
Wholesale shipments ended 2018 with 483,672 units, down (-4.1%) compared to the 504,599 units in 2017. The shipment total for 2018 was the second highest on comparable record. Towable RVs are down (-3.6%) at 426,087 units; motorhome shipments are down (-8.1%) at 57,585 units, compared to 2017 shipment totals.
Park Model RVs ended the month with 252 wholesale shipments, a gain of 15.6% compared to last December. Park Model RVs ended 2018 down (-4.1%) with 3,859 shipments for the year.
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Wholesale RV Shipments
|Dec 2017||Dec 2018||YOY Last Year||Cum. 2017||Cum. 2018||YOY To Date|
|Travel Trailers (ALL)||22,932||19,122||-16.6%||335,319||327,101||-2.5%|
|Travel Trailers - 5th Wheel||7,774||5,291||-31.9%||94,215||87,851||-6.8%|
|Folding Camping Trailers||592||538||-9.1%||9,214||7,254||-21.3%|
|All Towable RVs||31,541||25,207||-20.1%||441,961||426,087||-3.6%|
|Conventional (Type A)||1,833||1,215||-33.7%||23,343||21,719||-7.0%|
|Van Campers (Type B)||370||385||4.1%||5,249||5,881||12.0%|
|Mini (Type C)||2,483||1,556||-37.3%||34,046||29,985||-11.9%|
|Total RV Shipments||36,227||28,363||-21.7%||504,599||483,672||-4.1%|
Total Shipments Monthly vs. Last Year
Park Model RV Shipments
|Dec. 2017||Dec. 2018||YOY Last Year||Cum. 2017||Cum. 2018||YOY To Date|
|Park Model RVs||218||252||15.6%||4,023||3,859||-4.1%|