Wholesale shipments of RVs continued to grow in the first four months of this year, but all the gain was in towable RVs, with motorhomes continuing to lag.
Total shipments through April reached 98,400 units a gain of 9.7 percent over the same months in 2011. Of that total, 9,400 were motorhomes, a decline of 3 percent from a year ago.
Dr. Richard Curtin, who analyzes RV sales for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, has issued a new sales forecast, predicting that RV shipments will total 269,700 units this year, a gain of 6.9 percent over 2011 and the highest total since 2007. He expects growth to continue through the year, based on slow but consistent gains in jobs and incomes, and low interest rates. His forecast for 2013 calls for slow but continuing growth, pushing total shipments to 280,000 RVs.