Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs totaled 27,500 units in the March 2011 survey of manufacturers, 38.8% greater than last month and 14.6% greater than this same month last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has reported.
Improvements were reported in all vehicle categories, except folding camping trailers, with conventional travel trailers showing the largest units gains while truck campers had the greatest percentage gain.
Year to date, total RV shipments in the first quarter of 2011 rose to 65,100 units, a gain of 8.7% over the same period last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments in March this year were at an annualized rate of more than 258,000 units, a 13.5% improvement over February’s rate.
For towables, the March shipments compared to March 2010 shipments were as follows:
■Travel trailers, 17,100, up 17.9%.
■Fifth-wheels, 5,800, 11.5% increase.
■Folding camping trailers, 1,400, down 26.3%.
■Truck campers, 400, up 100%.
■Class A motorhomes, 1,400, up 16.7%.
■Class B motorhomes, 100, flat.
■Class C motorhomes, 1,300, up 44.44%.
Year-to-date, shipments, compared to the first quarter of 2010 were as follows:
■Travel trailers, 39,300, up 9.2%.
■Fifth-wheels, 14,900, up 12%.
■Folding cmaping trailers, 3,300, down 21.4%.
■Truck campers, 700, flat.
■Class A motorhomes, 3,600, up 16.1%.
■Class B motorhomes, 400, flat.
■Class C motorhomes, 2,900, up 31.8%.