The RV Industry Association's October 2020 survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments finished the month with 47,326 units, an increase of 21.4% from the 38,972 units shipped in October 2019. This represents the second highest October on record.
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 42,854 units for the month, an increase of 22.9% compared to last October’s total of 34,866 units. Motorhomes finished the month with 4,472 units, up 8.9% compared to the October 2019 total of 4,106 units.
“In May, following a nearly two-month shutdown, year to date RV shipments were down 25 percent,” said RV Industry Association President Craig Kirby. “In response to the pandemic and people’s desire to have the freedom to travel while also controlling their environment, the RV industry came roaring back, making up nearly that entire deficit in less than six months.”
For the year, shipments stand at 347,517 units, down just 0.4% as the RV industry continues to overcome the nearly two-month shutdown this Spring due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Park Model RVs finished the month down 5.7% compared to last October with 333 wholesale shipments.
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Wholesale RV Shipments
|Oct 2019||Oct 2020||YOY Last Year||CUM. 2019||CUM. 2020||YOY To Date|
|Travel Trailers (ALL)||26,057||32,593||25.1%||236,212||240,990||2.0%|
|Travel Trailers - 5th Wheel||7,804||9,431||20.8%||63,859||65,846||3.1%|
|Folding Camping Trailers||612||525||-14.2%||5,595||5,192||-7.2%|
|All Towable RVs||34,866||42,854||22.9%||308,495||314,624||2.0%|
|Conventional (Type A)||1,524||1,136||-25.5%||14,160||9,761||-31.1%|
|Van Campers (Type B)||431||927||115.1%||3,583||5,598||56.2%|
|Mini (Type C)||2,151||2,409||12.0%||22,672||17,534||-22.7%|
|Total RV Shipments||38,972||47,326||21.4%||348,910||347,517||-0.4%|
Total Shipments Monthly vs. Last Year
Park Model RV Shipments
|Oct 2019||Oct 2020||YOY Last Year||Oct 2019||Oct 2020||YOY To Date|
|Park Model RVs||353||333||-5.7%||3,617||3,173||-12.3%|