RV manufacturers will ship 307,300 RVs to dealers this year, according to the latest forecast from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. That would represent an increase of 7.5 percent over the 285,800 units shipped last year.
The motorhome segment of the market, which was badly hurt by the recession, is rebounding strongly with a projected shipment of 31,900 units this year, a gain of more than 13 percent.
Dr. Richard Curtin, who makes forecasts for the RVIA, said the industry would be helped this year by the increased availability of loans and gains in household wealth from an improving stock market and rising home prices. Negative factors affecting consumers include lower government spending and higher payroll and income taxes.