The RV Industry Association's March survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 38,015 wholesale shipments, a decrease of (-26.3%) from the 51,607 units shipped last March.
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 33,754 units for the month, a decrease of (-25.8%) compared to last March’s total of 45,490 units. Motorhomes finished the month with 4,261 units, down (-30.3%) compared to the March 2018 total of 6,117 units.
Through the first quarter of 2019, RV shipments have reached 99,976 units, down (-27.1%) from the 137,086 units shipped during the same time period in 2018.
Although RV shipments have moderated through the first quarter of 2018 following two consecutive years of record-setting shipment totals, the overall health of the RV market is strong. The retail RV market is robust with Statistical Surveys, Inc. reporting that retail RV registrations through February were the second-best on company record, only behind last year. Additionally, there are encouraging reports of strong RV retail sales in March and early April.
Park Model RVs finished the month up 9.9% compared to last March with 432 shipments to retailers.
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Wholesale RV Shipments
|Mar 2018||Mar 2019||YOY Last Year||Cum. 2018||Cum. 2019||YOY To Date|
|Travel Trailers (ALL)||35,099||25,702||-26.8%||92,430||66,733||-27.8%|
|Travel Trailers - 5th Wheel||9,330||7,071||-24.2||24,520||17,998||-26.6%|
|Folding Camping Trailers||664||742||11.7%||1,724||1,864||8.1%|
|All Towable RVs||45,490||33,754||-25.8%||119,593||87,253||-27%|
|Conventional (Type A)||2,246||1,528||-32%||6,505||4,771||-26.7%|
|Van Campers (Type B)||498||170||-65.9%||1,306||842||-35.5%|
|Mini (Type C)||3,373||2,563||-24%||9,682||7,110||-26.6%|
|Total RV Shipments||51,607||38,015||-26.3%||137,086||99,976||-27.1%|
Total Shipments Monthly vs. Last Year
Park Model RV Shipments
|Mar 2018||Mar 2019||YOY Last Year||Cum. 2018||Cum 2019||YOY To Date|
|Park Model RVs||414||432||4.3%||1,011||1,111||9.9%|