GOSHEN — The RV industry continued its faster momentum in February, making 6 percent more RVs than the same month last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association announced Monday, March 25.
RV companies — most of them in this area — produced 23,282 towable RVs and 2,838 motorhomes.
It was the best February since 2008, according to Bill Baker, senior director of communications for the RVIA.
Those wholesale shipments come as manufacturers report strong sales in the spring RV shows.
Baker said that last month nearly all categories of RVs grew, and the year-to-date total is 50,499 RVs made. That’s a 16.6 percent gain over the first two months of 2012, which finished the year with strong growth over 2011.
The motorhome numbers so far this year are more than 32 percent ahead of the same point in 2012, while towable RVs are up 15 percent over last year for the first two months, according to the RVIA’s numbers.
The only category showing a drop in February compared to the previous year was folding camping trailers, though they remain up for the year compared to the first two months of 2012.
The largest motorhomes, Class A, have seen 25.4 percent more shipments in the first two months of 2013 than in 2012, but the mid-sized motorhomes, Class C, have seen 46 percent growth so far this year, with their numbers (2,289) approaching the numbers of Class A motorhomes built in the first two months of this year (2,790).
If last year’s sales patterns are a guide, the industry could see peaks in March and again in May.