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By: On: Thursday July 25 2013

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If you are looking for a sign that the economy is on the upswing, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has announced that motorhome shipments have jumped more than 30% this year through May, while travel trailers are up 11%.

All told the RV Industry shipped a total of 144,015 units over the first five months of 2013 – a 13% gain. Towable RV shipments reached 128,037 through May, compared to the 115,204 shipped in the same time period last year. Motorhome shipments are up to 15,978 units, versus 12,250 through May 2012.

By: On: Tuesday May 10 2011

Thor Industries, Inc. is reporting impressive RV sales figures for the quarter and nine months ending April 30, 2011.

According to Thor, RV sales in the quarter were $739,450,000, up 32% from $559,166,000 last year. RV sales in the third quarter of Thor’s 2011 fiscal year include Heartland RV, acquired September 16, 2010. RV sales in the nine months were $1,683,124,000, up 31% from $1,284,891,000 last year.

“Thor had solid sales performance in the third quarter,” says Peter B. Orthwein, Thor Chairman, CEO & President. “The RV market is well balanced today, with dealer inventories better aligned with current demand, a healthy backlog, an improving promotional environment, and better conditions in both wholesale and retail credit. However, we continue to feel pressure from escalating fuel prices and other commodity costs. Thor’s retail RV market share has grown in each of its reported segments, according to the latest Statistical Surveys retail sales results as of February, 2011.”

By: On: Tuesday May 10 2011

Go RVing Canada has revealed Canadian RV show attendance and sales figures for 2011, which the organization says demonstrates that the RV industry is healthier than ever.

In 2011, the 31st Annual Edmonton RV Exposition & Sale and 42nd Annual Calgary RV Show and Sale both saw impressive increases in attendance figures, reporting 45.2% and 11.42% increases respectively. The Toronto Fall RV Show saw an 11.53% increase this year compared to the previous year. The Ottawa Spring RV Show saw bigger crowds than last year on both the Friday and Saturday, with an overall total of 17,084 visitors.

According to Go RVing Canada, Canadians were also taking advantage of the incredible sales this year, buying RVs directly from dealers at the shows. The Québec and Montréal RV shows saw increases in sales, reporting 27.93% and 5.47% increases respectively.

By: On: Thursday January 13 2011

RV Sales Up in CanadaAccording to a release from Go RVing Canada, RV sales figures are up 21 percent across the country in 2010.

Also of note, Go RVing Canada says that total retail sales at RV dealerships in Canada have surged close to pre-recession levels.

“This has been an incredible year for RVing in Canada, particularly coming out of such a turbulent period for the Canadian economy,” says Go RVing Canada spokesperson Alana Fontaine. “More and more Canadians are discovering the fun, freedom and flexibility that an RV vacation provides, and this is why we’ve moved close to pre-recession sales levels across the country.”

By: On: Tuesday May 11 2010

cnn-lg0511While snooping around CNN.com, we stumbled upon a video the 24-hour news giant scooped from a local news station in Colorado about the RV industry.

You can check out the video for yourself after the jump, but it focuses on a Colorado RV dealer who has seen a huge upturn in sales – triple the business he saw a year ago.

According to the report, the cost of taking a family on a vacation (flight, hotel, rental car, restaurants) is leading many families to look into motorhomes and towable trailers.




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