July RV shipments set a new record

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RVing continues to be red hot, with dealers reporting record sales.

Posting the highest July shipment numbers in four decades, the RV Industry Association’s monthly survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended July with 43,035 units, an increase of 53.5% from the 28,044 units shipped in July 2019.

“RV shipments continue to show impressive gains again this month,” said RV Industry Association Chairman Garry Enyart. “Reflective of the booming RV sales across the country and the appeal of RVs to a wide range of consumers, production is up this month for both the towable and motorized segments of the industry.”

Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 39,160 units for the month, an increase of 56.6% compared to last July’s total of 25,002 units. Motorhomes finished the month with 3,875 units, up 27.4% compared to the July 2019 total of 3,042 units.

Park Model RVs finished the month up 17.6% compared to last July with 334 wholesale shipments.

“RVs have been the ideal way to travel this summer, providing the freedom and fun of RVing while also allowing people to control their environment. As we look towards fall, families and professionals who can work and learn from the road will continue to drive interest in RVing,” said RV Industry Association President Craig Kirby. “Our manufacturers are working very closely with their dealer partners and component suppliers to meet the increased demand for RVs.”

Information for this article is from a news release from the RV Industry Association.

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DPHooper
28 days ago

I find it interesting RV Industry Association still does not classify or report SuperC, where do we fit in, not Class A,B, or mini C.
2019 Renegade Verona SuperC

Abe Loughin
29 days ago

I’m interested to see what the quality of those units. Unless the factories are running 24/7 it’s hard to believe that corners aren’t being cut to get them out the door.

Sink Jaxon
29 days ago

Ok, the first sentence of this article I feel is very misleading (whoever wrote this, as there is no By Line) RVing continues to be red hot, with dealers reporting record sales. I’m assuming YOY=year over year, and CUM. = cumulative. And what I’m gathering here is “on average”, towables are down 8.3%, and motor homes are down 26.8%. That’s huge! How is this considered “red hot”? Is it because the year’s purchases are not finished yet? And dealers are expecting larger than expected cumulative amounts? I’m kinda slow outta the gate sometimes… :/

Joseph
27 days ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

We are entering the RVIA “spin zone”.

Lou
29 days ago

So the wife and I have been discussing getting an RV for several years now. It just so happens that we pulled the trigger at the beginning of May this year. The pandemic was just getting fired up here in Texas, so that was not our reason. Taking the grandkids out and about to get with nature, as well as the regular get out of town fishing trip was the game plan. However, I have found it is hard to find decent places to stay. Crowded sites at the weekend, limited camp ground facilities open are making it less fun than we hoped.
What I truly don’t appreciate is the “seasoned” RVer belittling us for being new to the game. Reading some of the comments on this site over the last few months, I can’t believe all the moaning about not being able to get into their favorite site, the horrible waits to get RV services, etc. The arrogance is astounding at times. I may not have a fancy Class A, but my wife and I enjoy our trips with our little 25’TT Home away from Home.
We make do, so can you.

David
29 days ago

Went to my RV dealer / repair to get my awning repaired, rip the rear arm off, stupid mistake on my part. Got there and the place was a ghost town. Most of the units were costumers for repair.

Kate
29 days ago

I am curious as to how many newly-purchased RVs are by newcomers to RVing. Will these new people continue to RV or just be overwhelmed by the upkeep alone of an RV? Something that looks like so much fun when viewed on a TV commercial can be disappointing in real life during the learning curve necessary to maintain an RV. We’ve been camping/RVing since 1981 and still get overwhelmed at breakdowns and repairs and upkeep of each new RV we’ve purchased. We love RVing, have a lot of experience that helps keep everything running. How about the newbies ? Will they get discouraged and go back to hotels, etc, when the Covid-19 is finally over and things are opening up safely?

brian
29 days ago

It’s interesting looking at the chart that cumulative sales are still down from last year with the exception of B class motorhomes which are up huge. I think a lot of people buy B vans for quick, safe travel and are not necessarily real campers. Also the B vans tend to be pretty costly with most of the Sprinter based ones between $100 and $200K and a few over 200K.

Roger
29 days ago

Wow! Look at the 27% drop in motorhomes year over year to date! Would have been 33% if not for soaring Class B sales. Vans are up by half over last year!

Glenn Abbott
29 days ago

Unless the manufacturers have made significant quality improvements, I foresee overwhelmed repair facilities. When the uninitiated buyers realize the poor quality of RV’s , there will be a glutton of used units on the market. Many first time buyers will simply cease to make payments, electing to let the bank repo their unit. Perhaps something good can come from this: strengthened RV lemon laws. YMMV.

Captn John
29 days ago

I can here it in a few months! No, we are not buying a new truck! You want me to drive that thing! When does room services change bedding? Cook?, who me? What do you mean it will take days instead of hours to get to the kids?

Dave R
29 days ago

The “red hot” market in the case of new RVs seems more related to pent up demand. Year over Year numbers year to date (not just July) are down significantly; down 10% for the year. So new RVs don’t seem as related to what is crowding parks and a red hot selling of RVs.

It would appear that 1) manufacturing was shut down and couldn’t meet demand; 2) people are using the RVs that they have to a higher degree; and 3) the used RV market is very hot and that is what is contributing to a higher % of new RVers out there.

James Beirlein
29 days ago

Sooo, what about all the stories I’ve heard and read about dealers not being able to restock inventory because factories are running at 1/3 or less and they can’t get components and appliances, and they can’t get drivers to deliver units to dealers? I was told this by my dealer and his inventory is definitely low. Something doesn’t add up here.

George
29 days ago
Reply to  James Beirlein

Thanks for pointing that out. It made me go back and review the table closely. Headline is misleading. One month spike is insignificant and narrowly targeted. So will Class A’s be a buyers market if and when production is back? Which begs the question….what are comparative production levels? Would like to know the truth there too.

Notfunny
29 days ago

YES and when the ***DEMIC is over in a couple of months and things start getting back to Normal, all these RV’s become Yard Ornaments! [Bleeped by Diane at RVtravel.com. C’mon, Notfunny. You know better. —Diane]

Mark O.
29 days ago
Reply to  Notfunny

That would be PANDEMIC, it is not and was not political!

PetRnR
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark O.

Good luck convincing some people of that. There’s a certain % of people on both sides that view everything as political.

Mark O.
29 days ago
Reply to  PetRnR

Well, someone’s got to try where we can…………