RV industry closed 2012 with big gains over 2011

The recreational vehicle industry had its best year since the recession, the RV Industry Association announced.

Posted on Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 28, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.

GOSHEN — The recreational vehicle industry grew by 13.2 percent last year, putting it at the industry’s best year since 2008.

That was the bottom line of a report released today, Jan. 28, by the RV Industry Association.

According to the December monthly market report, according to Bill Baker, senior director of communications for the RVIA,

In December the RV industry, heavily centralized in Elkhart County, shipped 18,960 RVs, according to the report.

“Total RV shipments to retailers for all of 2012 increased to 285,749 units, a gain of 13.2 percent over the 2011 total,” Baker wrote in a message accompanying the report. “Towable RV shipments alone rose to 257,551 units in 2012,” more than all RV shipments combined in 2011.

Motorhome shipments had their best year since 2008, also, Baker said.

The only category to see a decline in 2012 compared to 2011 was folding camping trailers, which make up about 3.9 percent of the overall RV market. They declined by 4.8 percent last year, according the report.

The RVIA is projecting smaller gains for the RV industry this year, estimating two months ago that the industry will see growth of roughly 4.5 percent in 2013.

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