RV shipments take a tumble

Elkhart Truth file photoDozens of Jayco RVs line a lot in Middlebury as they await shipment to dealers.

RESTON, Va. — The RV Industry Association's March survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 38,015 wholesale shipments, a decrease of 26.3 percent from the 51,607 units shipped last March.

Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 33,754 units for the month, a decrease of 25.8 percent compared to last March’s total of 45,490 units. Motorhomes finished the month with 4,261 units, down 30.3 percent compared to the March 2018 total of 6,117 units.

Through the first quarter of 2019, RV shipments reached 99,976 units, down 27.1 percent from the 137,086 units shipped during the same time period in 2018.

Although RV shipments have moderated following two consecutive years of record-setting shipment totals, the overall health of the RV market remains strong, according to the association. 

The retail RV market is robust, with Statistical Surveys Inc. reporting that retail RV registrations through February were the second-best on company record, behind last year. Additionally, there are encouraging reports of strong RV retail sales in March and early April.

Park Model RVs finished the month up 9.9 percent compared to last March with 432 shipments to retailers.

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Elkhart shipped a record number of coaches in 2016. Giving the rich a 15% tax break and nothing else in the name of helping the economy is going to be the end of the 10 year expansion. Isn't it great?

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