Fri May 31, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
RV wholesale shipments to Canada declined by 30 percent during the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA). Shipments from Jan. 1 to March 31 totaled 12,463 units, down from 17,831 in 2018.
The RVDA of Canada previously reported 4,282 units were sold during the first quarter. That indicates dealer inventory increased ahead of the spring retail season.
CRVA attributes this year’s decline in shipments to the cold winter conditions that affected RV retail show attendance, increased loan rates, uncertainty about tariffs and market conditions, and a sluggish economy in Alberta due to an oil pipeline conflict.
Travel trailer imports for March declined by 29 percent with 9,050 units, compared to 12,822 in 2018. Fifth wheels coming into Canada dropped almost 38 percent, down to 1,569 versus 2,517 last year. Motorhome imports fell by 28 percent, dwindling to 1,492 from 2,075.
The truck camper category was the lone bright spot, up almost 18 percent over last year.