Dr. Richard Curtin, the University of Michigan economist who provides economic forecasts for the RV industry, is projecting moderate growth for the industry this year.
His forecast, presented at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s recent National RV Trade Show, predicts that manufacturers will ship 246,000 RVs to customers in 2011. That would be an increase of about 4 percent over the vehicles shipped in 2010. Last year was a major rebound from 2009, when only 165,700 RVs were shipped.
Curtin expects every type of RV to achieve growth in 2011, but the biggest percentage gainers would be Class B motorhomes, up 19 percent, and Class C motorhomes and truck campers, both up 8 percent.