The RV Industry Association’s December survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments finished the month with 28,363 wholesale shipments, a decrease of 21.7 percent from the 36,227 units shipped last December.
Towables, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 25,207 units for the month, a decrease of 20.1 percent compared to last December’s towable RV shipment total of 31,541. Motorhomes ended December with 3,156 shipments to retailers, down 32.7 percent compared to last December’s total of 4,686. Wholesale shipments ended 2018 with 483,672 units, down 4.1 percent compared to the 504,599 units in 2017.
The shipment total for 2018 was the second highest on comparable record. Towable RVs are down 3.6 percent at 426,087 units; motorhome shipments are down 8.1 percent at 57,585 units, compared to 2017 shipment totals. Park model RVs ended the month with 252 wholesale shipments, a gain of 15.6 percent compared to last December. Park model RVs ended 2018 down 4.1 percent with 3,859 shipments for the year.