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By: On: Wednesday June 29 2016

Class C Motorhome Feature

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association reports that RV shipments were up an impressive 13.4% in May to 37,955 units, compared to 33,467 units in May of 2015. This marks the ninth consecutive monthly improvement and is the best May total in 10 years.

Total RV shipments in 2016 have reached 186,214 units through May 31, which is 10.3% more than the same period last year (168,884). The biggest annual gains have come from Class C motorhomes (23.6% improvement) and travel trailers (12.7% improvement). The only segment that is down year over year is truck campers (3.2% decrease).

By: On: Wednesday April 27 2016

Class C Motorhomes

According to a release from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, RV shipments to retailers totaled 40,740 units in March of 2016. This is the single best monthly total since March of 2006 and is 13.9% higher than February and 11.5% higher than March of 2015.

First quarter shipments of 2016 have climbed to 108,195 units, which is 11.5% more than the first quarter of 2015.

“On a seasonally adjusted basis, 1st quarter shipments were running at an annualized rate of more than 430,000 units, 12.2% ahead of the pace reported for this same period last year,” RVIA says in a release.

By: On: Tuesday March 29 2016

Travel Trailer Lake

(Press Release) In the February survey of manufacturers, RV wholesale shipments to retailers accelerated to 35,929 units this year, a 13.9% increase over last month and a 12.1% increase over this same month one year ago. Increased employment and greater consumer discretionary income have been the driving force behind recent consumer spending increases lifting RV shipments totals along the way. This month’s total was the best February in 39 years and represents an annualized rate of more than 425,000 units.  This would be the best such annualized rate since late 2005.

Through the first two months this year shipments have reached 67,455 units, an 11.4% gain over this same two month period last year.  Continuing a trend established a number of months ago towable RVs have increased by the largest unit totals while motorhomes have reported the greatest percentage gains over the previous year.

By: On: Thursday November 26 2015

Lance Trailer

Lance plans to showcase new models and introduce a variety of new tools for its dealers to utilize in 2016 at the upcoming RVIA show in Louisville, Ky.

“Great product that creates strong consumer demand will always be the key to success. We are not planning on resting on our laurels,” says Gary Conley, national sales manager. “In addition to our all new 650 Truck Camper, designed for half ton short bed trucks, we will be introducing two all new ultra-light travel trailer models. The 1475 is an ultra-lightweight trailer designed for two people and focused around two matching full size swivel rocker chairs and a dry bath featuring full size neo-angle shower. The 2155 is Lance’s first double slide travel trailer, featuring a very inviting island floor-plan.”

By: On: Thursday August 13 2015

National Parks Fee-Free Days

RV shipments in the first half of 2015 climbed by 5.5% to 202,653 units through June, compared to 192,065 units shipped during the same time frame in 2014. The data comes from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association‘s June 2015 survey of manufacturers.

Towable RV shipments, representing nearly 88% of all RVs manufactured, led the way in volume total with shipments reaching 177,939 units through June, a 5.5% gain over the 168,737 units shipped during the same six-month time frame in 2014. Conventional travel trailers remained the largest volume category, reaching 128,991 units on 7.6% growth. Fifth wheels rose slightly by 1.2% to 41,756 units. Truck campers were also up (1.3%) to 1,603 units. Folding camping trailers dropped to 5,589 units, off 7%.

By: On: Friday June 5 2015


Frank Hugelmeyer has been named the next president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Hugelmeyer will officially take the seat on October 1 after Richard Coon, who has held the position for the past 10 years, retires.

After an extensive search over the past several months, the RVIA Presidential Search Committee recommended and the RVIA Board of Directors approved the hiring of Hugelmeyer during the association’s Committee Week meetings, held May 31 – June 4 in Washington, D.C.

By: On: Tuesday May 26 2015

RVIA April Shipments

As we reported last week, RV Shipments were up 7.9% in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the first quarter of 2014. That trend continued in April, which saw a whopping 13.5% increase compared to April last year.

The data comes from a survey of manufacturers done by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Assocation. According to the survey, towable shipments are up 14.2% in April to 33,884 unitis, while motorhomes are up 9.0% to 4,459 units. That adds up to a total of 38,343 units shipped in April of 2015, compared to 33,747 in April of 2015.

By: On: Thursday May 21 2015

RVIA Towables Sales Climb

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the positive surge for RV shipments in 2014 has continued through first quarter 2015. Shipments climbed to 97,074 units, 7.9% ahead of the same period last year.

By: On: Thursday July 25 2013

Class A Motorhomes Off-Road

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: Friday June 7 2013

Class B Motorhome

Things are looking sunny for the RV industry – at least according to a report given during the Recreational Vehicle Association’s Committee Week 2013, which ran from June 2-6, 2013.

Dr. Richard Curtin, director of the Consumer Research Center at the University of Michigan, provided the initial outlook for RV wholesale shipments in 2014 on June 3.

According to Curtin’s report, RV shipments to dealers are expected to climb 8.4 percent in 2013 and 3.9 percent in 2014. To put this in perspective, Curtin’s report speculates that 310 thousand units will ship in 2013, followed by 322 thousand in 2014. A total of 286 thousand units were shipped to dealers in 2012.

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