According to the RV Industry Association, RV wholesale shipments finished the year on a high note with a total of 252,300 units shipped in 2011, the highest annual total for RV shipments in four years and a 4.8% increase over the 242,300 units shipped in 2010.
Towable units ended the year at 227,500 units, also a 4.8% gain on the 217,100 towables shipped in 2010. Motorhomes shipments slipped slightly from 25,200 units in 2011 to 24,800 units this year, a 1.6% decrease.
The 252,300 units shipped in 2011 was also slightly ahead of the the year-end projection of 247,100 units provided by Dr. Richard Curtin in the Winter 2011 issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIAâ€™s quarterly forecasting newsletter.
Â â€œRV shipments were able to gain a little ground in 2011, which is encouraging for our industry considering the volatile, uncertain economic environment that confronted our members and their customers,â€ said RVIA President Richard Coon. â€œI think it also underscores that strong appeal of RV ownership that consumers have and points to a promising future as conditions improve.â€