The RV Industry Association’s November survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments finished the month with 33,023 wholesale shipments, a decrease of 20.3 percent from the 41,451 units shipped last November. It’s the fourth consecutive month that shipments have dropped from the same month in 2017.
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 28,868 units for the month, a decrease of 20.8 percent compared to last November’s towable RV shipment total of 36,464.
Motorhomes ended November with 4,155 shipments to retailers, down 16.7 percent compared to last November’s total of 4,987.
Year-to-date wholesale shipments are currently at 455,309 units, down 2.8 percent compared to this point last year. Towable RVs are down 2.3 percent at 400,880 units; motorhome shipments are down 6.1 percent at 54,429 units, compared to totals through November 2017.
RV shipments are expected to total 479,000 in 2018, which is down 5.1 percent from the peak of 504,600 set in 2017, one that capped eight successive years of growth. RV industry analyst Richard Curtin projects total RV shipments in 2019 will further decline to between 439,800 and 466,000 units.