Positive industry trends

July 16, 2010


Follow-up to the previous post: the RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association) recently reported a positive upwards trend in RV sales.

The RVIA doesn’t track retail sales directly. It surveys the RV manufacturers and reports wholesale figures.

The most recent numbers are from May 2010 About 24,400 units were sold in that month. That’s the 10th month in a row of upwards trending.

For perspective, May’s shipments were 84 percent higher than the same month last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, it’s an increase of 6 percent over April.

Motorhomes had the highest percentage gain in sales. This probably reflects the growing confidence in the economy.

Since towable represent the larger part of the market, they had a higher volume increase even though their percentage gain was lower.

In 2010 so far (through May), total RV shipments were 108,900 units. That’s a gain of 91.1 percent (!) compared to this same period last year.

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