RV manufacturers will ship slightly fewer RVs to customers in 2012 than they did in 2011, according to a forecast by Dr. Richard Curtin, director of the Survey of Consumers at the University of Michigan.
Curtin, who makes predictions for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, expects 240,600 RVs to be shipped in 2012, a decline of about 2.6 percent from the 2011 total. He said, “RV sales will face headwinds in the year ahead, including uncertainty about job and income prospects, stagnate wages, depressed home values and potential tax increases. While these factors will prevent an increase in RV sales, neither will they prompt significant declines. Although consumers will be apprehensive, they will continue to buy RVs.”
RV shipments reached one of their highest levels in 2007 with 353,400 units, but dropped sharply in the recession to 165,700 units in 2009. The RV industry began recovering in 2010 and grew again in 2011.