Maybe the bubble is about to burst. The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) December survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments finished the month with 28,363 wholesale shipments, a decrease of 21.7% from the 36,227 units shipped last December.
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 25,207 units for the month, a decrease of 20.1% compared to last December’s towable RV shipment total of 31,541.
Motorhomes ended December with 3,156 shipments to retailers, down 32.7% compared to last December’s total of 4,686.
Wholesale shipments ended 2018 with 483,672 units, down 4.1% compared to the 504,599 units in 2017. The shipment total for 2018 was the second highest on comparable record.
Towable RVs are down 3.6% at 426,087 units for the year while motorhome shipments fell 8.1% at 57,585 units, compared to 2017 shipment totals.
Park model RVs ended the month with 252 wholesale shipments, a gain of 15.6% compared to last December. The sector ended 2018 down 4.1% with 3,859 shipments for the year.