RV shipments decline sharply in March

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It should come as no surprise that the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) March 2020 survey of manufacturers revealed a steep decline in RV shipments in what will likely be a trend in the months ahead.

Shipments of motorhomes took a nosedive — down nearly 40 percent.

Total RV shipments ended the month with 30,288 units, a decrease of 20.3 percent from the 38,015 units shipped in March 2019.

Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 27,723 units for the month, a decrease of 17.9 percent compared to last March’s total of 33,754 units. Motorhomes finished the month with 2,565 units, down 39.8 percent compared to the March 2019 total of 4,261 units.

Park Model RVs finished the month down 12.9 percent compared to last March with 364 wholesale shipments.

Each month, the RVIA releases data from a survey of RV manufacturers to show total RV shipments for that month. This information is useful for manufacturers and suppliers in forecasting production.

Here’s a breakdown of how shipments of different types of RVs fared.

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Billy Bob Thornton
4 months ago

Look, just start the economy already, or there wont be an industry left.

Captn John
4 months ago

I hope to see that trend quadruple. An 80% drop will allow time for quality control and employees that are knowledgeable. Time the industry competes for the buyer business instead of putting anything out in any condition. To think they would have employees that passed a background check, drug test, and actually knew how to perform tasks assigned. A bite on the industry instead of the consumer for a change would be refreshing!

Candace
4 months ago
Reply to  Captn John

The RV industry will only improve quality WHEN that is their primary focus. If the shut-down continues for long, many RV manufacturers will drop out, but others will spring up. IF they have the same mentality they had at the previous company, the quality will not change, only the building they are building in will change. 2008 was an example. Buyers need to educate themselves on what IS quality vs. what is cheap bling. That information is available at their fingertips. All IMHO after 20+ years of full-timing, 6+ years teaching RV driving lessons, transporting, and inspecting RVs.

Donald N Wright
4 months ago

Van Campers increased their sales, while pickup truck slide in campers only went down 5%. folding campers and motorhomes got clobbered !

Troy
4 months ago

I’m a drive away driver, and I transport motor homes. One huge reason for what’s probably a lot bigger decline than your data shows is that all that factories were shut down due to the pandemic. For the most part we only transported motor homes that were already built as far as new units are concerned. The tow away drivers were kept busy moving FEMA type units to areas heavily affected by the virus. As far as motor homes go we mostly moved units from dealers that closed for the shutdown and or have been permanently closed, to Camping World’s that have bought out the closing dealerships inventory.

Steve
4 months ago

Agree with Michael, that “sold” would be a much more accurate number. Drive by any dealer and the lots are full. Now is when the dealers have the stock because of the time of year, but they sure look heavy with stock. And the dealers are offering major deals. Not biting – our 5er is still perfect!

Michael Gardner
4 months ago

“Shipped” doesn’t mean much to me. How many SOLD, and/or how many sitting in dealer lots?