Surprise! RV shipments decline in May


    Ever-increasing shipments from RV manufacturers to dealers is not news — it happens so often most of us have grown to accept it as the new norm. So news of a dip in shipments in May is big news.

    The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) May survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished at 45,070, a decrease of 1.7% from the 45,853 units shipped last May.

    All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 39,714 units for the month, an increase of 0.1% compared to last May’s towable RV shipment total of 39,690.

    May motorhome shipments ended the month with 5,356 shipments to retailers, down 13.1% compared to last May’s total of 6,163.

    Year-to-date wholesale shipments are currently at 229,598, up 9.8% compared to this point last year. Towable RVs are up 10.6% to 200,718 units. Motorhome shipments are up 4.6% to 28,880 units.

    Park model RVs ended the month with 355 wholesale shipments, down 6.3% compared to last May. Year-to-date, park model RVs are down 0.5% compared to this point last year with 1,825 shipments.


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    Tommy Molnar

    I have to assume the comment about “Resorts of Distinction” comes from a pop-up ad that shows up on Bill’s screen. I haven’t seen anything about this name. The pop-ups are not under RVTravel’s control. You should see what I get! Ha.

    Captn John

    Hope the trend continues and grows!!


    Resorts of Distinction. We have stayed at only one (1). That anyone would consider a resort. The rest are garbage pits in the world of RV camping. A real rip off.