GOSHEN — The RV industry continued its rise in July, with manufacturers shipping out 14.7 percent more recreational vehicles than in July 2012, and so far this year they’re up 13.1 percent compared to the first seven months of last year.
That’s what the monthly RV shipment report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association said Wednesday morning, Aug. 28.
Bill Baker, senior director of communications for the RVIA, called it a “torrid pace in July, as manufacturers reported to RVIA a total of 26,212 units for the month.”
In the announcement he also said, “Through July, manufacturers have reported a total of 201,120 units shipped to retailers.”
Motorhomes have seen the biggest increase for the year, up 35 percent compared to last year, according to the RVIA’s numbers.
Towable RVs are up 10.8 percent over last year, though it’s a huge increase in terms of numbers, since motorhomes only account for one-ninth of the total RVs built this year.
Truck campers and class B motorhomes both saw small declines in July, but both are up so far this year. The only category down for the year to date is folding camping trailers, down 2.8 percent from the same point last year.
Travel trailers are up 13 percent over last year, and fifth-wheel towables are up 8 percent, according to the RVIA. The big class A motorhomes are up 33.3 percent, and class C motorhomes are up 42.5 percent.
At last estimate from the RVIA, about 83 percent of all RVs in North America are built in and around Elkhart County, with the industry representing about a quarter of all direct employment in the county.