Monthly Wholesale RV Unit Shipments to Dealerships
The RV Industry Association (RVIA) compiles and tracks how many new RV units each RV manufacturer makes and ships to RV dealers on a monthly basis. The wholesale shipment report breaks down RV vehicles by unit category in aggregate to avoid any RV manufacturer’s specific production numbers being released.
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2021 Monthly Wholesale New Unit Reports
RV manufacturers followed up a record-setting first quarter in 2021 by breaking new wholesale RV shipment records in the second quarter.
RVIA’s June 2021 survey of manufacturers determined that total RV shipments ended the month with 50,706 units, an increase of 25.3% compared withthe 40,462 units shipped during June 2020.
The June shipment total was the best June figure on record, topping June 2017’s 47,416 shipments by 7%.
With the new report, the RV industry has now set a new record for RV shipments in each of the last four quarters, with the second quarter (April-June 2021) setting a new all-time high for any quarter.
The 151,760 units shipped in the second quarter of 2021 is a 2% increase over the previous quarter.
“It has been remarkable what the industry has accomplished over the past year,” RVIA President and CEO Craig Kirby said. “From shutdowns to soaring demand in the manufacturing, retail, and campground segments, the RV industry has met these challenges to deliver record shipments, sales, and campground stays.”
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, ended the month up 22% from last June with 45,689 wholesale shipments. Motorhomes finished the month up 66% compared withthe same month last year with 5,017 units.
Park Model RVs ended the month down (-8.1%) compared with June 2020 with 285 wholesale shipments.
RV manufacturers set new monthly wholesale shipments records for the seventh consecutive month, according to RVIA’s latest manufacturer survey.
The May 2021 survey of manufacturers determined that total RV shipments ended the month with 49,241 units, the best May wholesale shipment total on record. May 2021 shipments increased 75.9% compared with the 27,999 units shipped during May 2020, the first month back for the RV industry following pandemic shutdowns.
RV manufacturers continue to sustain high production levels to replenish dealer inventories amid peak consumer demand. Yet after an industry-record 54,291 shipments in March, May’s total marks the second consecutive dip from March’s highs.
“More American consumers than ever before are rediscovering the great outdoors and the joy that comes from spending time with friends and family,” RVIA President and CEO Craig Kirby said. “With RVing becoming more popular than ever, the RV industry has been committed to sustaining industry growth and meeting demand that shows no sign of slowing down.”
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, ended the month up 79.4% from last May with 44,471 wholesale shipments. Motorhomes finished the month up 48.6% compared with the same month last year with 4,770 units and Park Model RVs ended the month up 8.2% compared with May 2020 with 304 wholesale shipments.
RVIA’s April 2021 manufacturer survey found total RV shipments ended the month with 51,813 units, the most for any April on record. April’s total was more than 9% more than the previous record set in April 2018.
RV manufacturers have set a new RV shipment record for each of the past six months.
“Even with other forms of travel returning, the desire to use an RV to get outdoors and experience an active outdoor lifestyle is stronger than ever. RVing has been cemented as a mainstream travel option that is here to stay,” RVIA President & CEO Craig Kirby said. “We know people plan to go RVing because of their interest in exploring the great outdoors, their newfound flexibility to work or attend school remotely, and their desire to spend time with family. These are not short-term, pandemic-related reasons but rather speak to the long-term appeal of RVs.”
April 2021 total shipments represent a 619.9% over the 7,197 shipped last April, when pandemic shutdowns began.
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, ended the month with 46,760 wholesale shipments and motorhomes finished the month with 5,053 units.
A growing demand from Americans wanting to travel and experience the outdoors is “clear” in RVIA’s March 2021 manufacturers survey. The month finished with all-time highs for any month and any quarter.
Wholesale RV units last month showed a more than 5% increase from the previous record set in March 2018, with 54,291 units making their way to RV dealerships. The March shipments also bring total RV shipments in the first quarter to a record-breaking 148,507 units – the most RVs ever shipped in a single quarter. The data shows a nearly 10% increase over the previous record set in 2018’s first quarter.
“Over the past year, many Americans have rediscovered the great outdoors and the desire to get outside and live an active outdoor lifestyle,” RVIA President and CEO Craig Kirby said. “And many of these same people also discovered for the first time that an RV is the perfect way to get the most out of the great outdoors. What our members have accomplished over the past year has been incredible. They overcame challenges presented by the pandemic and delivered a record number of RVs.”
Towable units, led by travel trailers, finished the month up 77.8% compared to last March, with 49,303 wholesale shipments this year. In 2020, that total was 27,723. Motorhomes finished with 4,988 shipments compared to last March’s 2,570 total, representing a 94.1% increase.
By segment, fifth wheel shipments increased 70.7% from March last year, and travel trailers rose 80.2% overall.
In addition to last month’s shipment numbers, RVIA provided new insights into why people bought RVs throughout the last year.
“When we looked at the motivations for purchasing an RV over the past year, we found the reasons were the same as they had always been for buying an RV: the love of road trips, a desire to travel in comfort, wanting to explore the great outdoors and the ability to use an RV as a basecamp for other outdoor recreation activities,” Kirby said.
While many new buyers reported the pandemic did have an impact on their purchase decisions, the survey showed “restriction on other travel due to Covid” came in fourth – at the bottom of the list.
“This really shows that people did not buy RVs over the past year because there were not any other options, they bought RVs because of the endless opportunities RVing provides to travel and get outdoors,” Kirby said.
RVIA stated the new purchase motivation insight from 2020 consumers is “continued good news” for the industry’s outlook on long-term growth. Supporting that notion, a recent Go RVing study reported that 11.2 million households now own an RV – up 26% over the past 10 years and 62% over the last 20 years. More importantly, RVIA stated, are findings that show nearly a quarter of current RV owners are under the age of 35, with 84% of younger buyers planning to purchase a new unit in the next five years.
“The health benefits and mental wellbeing that come from being outdoors cannot be overestimated,” Kirby said. “The RV industry is proud to build a product that makes it easier for people to get outdoors. And with more and more people using RVs to experience the great outdoors, that is great news not only for the RV industry but for the health and wellbeing of many Americans.”
RVIA’s February 2021 manufacturers survey found a 30.1 percent increase in total RV shipments compared with February last year. The month finished with 48,286 shipped units, marking what the association stated is the highest February total on comparable record.
“As people begin to think about their spring and summer vacations, RV trips continue to be the preferred way to travel for millions of Americans,” RVIA President and CEO Craig Kirby said.
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, finished the month up 31.1 percent with 43,482 wholesale shipments, compared with last February’s towable total of 33,169.
Motorhomes finished the month with 4,804 units, up 21.8 percent against last year’s 3,944 total in February.
“As evident in this month’s record shipment report, RV manufacturers and suppliers are committed to meeting the demand from new consumers as well as those looking to upgrade their existing RVs,” Kirby said. “According to the report, the industry remains on track to build more RVs in 2021 than in any previous year.”
By segment, fifth wheel shipments rose 11.1 percent in February from 2020, and travel trailers increased 38.1 percent as a whole.
Park Model RVs ended the month up 18.8 percent compared with last year with 380 wholesale shipments.
The RV Industry Association’s January 2021 survey of manufacturers determined that total RV shipments ended the month with 45,930 units, an increase of 39.2 percent compared with the 33,003 units shipped during January 2020, making this the best January shipment total on comparable record.
“RV shipments show no sign of slowing down,” RV Industry Association President and CEO Craig Kirby said. “RV manufacturers and suppliers are producing a record number of units to meet the continued demand from consumers looking to make RVing a part of their active outdoor lifestyle.”
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, finished the month up 40.7 percent against last January with 41,414 wholesale shipments. Motorhomes ended the month up 26.6 percent compared with January 2020 with 4,516 units.
Park Model RVs ended the month down 7.8 percent compared with January 2020 with 331 wholesale shipments.