July’s wholesale RV shipments reached the second-lowest monthly level of 2023, according to RVIA.
The association’s manufacturers survey reported 20,520 wholesale RV shipments in July. Only January’s 20,405 shipments were lower thus far in 2023.
December 2022’s 19,907 shipments were the lowest non-pandemic monthly total since at least 2016. January’s shipment level would be the second-lowest and July’s total is the third-lowest since then.
The July total is 30.5% lower than the July 2022 shipment total of 29,528. Through the first seven months of 2023, wholesale RV shipments are 47.7% lower than the first seven months of 2022.
RVIA President and CEO Craig Kirby said: “With cooler weather and lots of outdoor family fun still to be had, 38 million Americans are planning to go RVing this fall. “The desire to purchase an RV remains strong, with our latest survey data showing 26% of travelers want to buy an RV in the next year. We expect to see this interest in purchasing an RV turn into increased RV sales.”
Towable RVs shipments, led by conventional travel trailers, were 29.9% lower than July 2022. Motorhome shipments were 34.2% lower than July 2022.