The Canadian RV Association has reported that RV wholesale shipments into Canada for the third quarter, ending Sept. 30, totaled 6,244 units, compared to 10,141 for the same period in 2018, representing a decrease of 38.4 percent.
The RVDA of Canada reported that according to Statistical Surveys Dealer Retail Activity during the Quarter totaled 14,799 units and when compared to the wholesale shipment figure of 6,244 indicates that Canadian dealers inventory levels significantly decreased during the third quarter.
Total RV shipments year to date are 29,965 versus 45,666 units in 2018, down 34.3 percent overall.
CRVA attributes the decreased shipments in 2019 versus 2018 to the following factors: extreme cold winter conditions that affected RV retail shows and attendance across the country at the beginning of 2019, an unseasonably wet spring delaying campground openings in Central-Eastern Canada, a continued down economy in Alberta, consumer uncertainty regarding U.S. tariffs, and a pending Federal election in the fall.
CRVA expects wholesale shipments to increase in the fourth quarter as Canadian RV dealers replenish their inventories entering the 2020 RV retail show season to be held in the first quarter.