RV Shipments Were Up 12.4% In 2013
December wholesale deliveries to retailers of all RVs climbed 14.3% from a year ago, rising to 21,676 units in the latest survey of manufacturers.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association reported that this was the largest December total in six years and marked the 24th consecutive monthly increase dating back to December of 2010. Seasonally adjusted, the December 2013 total was at an annualized rate of nearly 350,000 units.
Towable shipments were at 18,776 units, up 11.6% over this same month last year while motorhome totals surged 35.3% to 2,900 units in the final month of 2013. Year to date, shipments reached 321,127 units in 2013, a gain of 12.4% over the previous year. This was nearly twice the annual total of 2009 and marked the fourth consecutive annual increase since the end of the last recession for the RV industry.