Total RV Shipments were down 26.3 percent in March compared to the same time last year, according to the RV Industry Association. RV shipments ended the month at 38,015 units, down from 51,607 units shipped last March.
Conventional travel trailers led the towable market at 33,754 units, a decrease of 25.8 percent compared to 45,490 units shipped in March 2018. A total 4,261 motorhomes were shipped during the month, bringing the total units shipped down 30.3 percent at 6,117 units last year.
During the first quarter of 2019, RV shipments were down 27.1 percent or 99,976 units from 137,086 units shipped through the same period last year.
RVIA reports that the RV market is strong despite the drops, which follow two consecutive years of record-setting shipment totals. 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, only behind last year. In addition, the industry reports strong sales in March and early April.
Park Model RV shipments were up 9.9 percent compared to last March with 432 shipments to retailers.
Source: RVIA News Insights