In a year-end review by NADAguides, the data gathered by the organization showed that RV shipments for all segments continued to increase and break records each quarter, and web traffic was notably higher across the board.
Standard hitch units started out slow in the first half of the year but picked up in the second half. Values averaged 5.8 percent lower year-over-year. Fifth wheel trailers experienced a slight downturn, with values in 2017 falling short of 2016 by 10.7 percent.
Class A motorhomes came in 2.6 percent below 2016 at the beginning of the year but went on an upward trajectory in the second half. Class C motorhomes outperformed 2016 by 2.8 percent, essentially equaling 2015’s strong performance.
Looking at camping trailers and truck campers, both segments started out slow in the first quarter, but quickly ramped up to strongly outperform recent years. Camping trailers were 5 percent higher year-over-year, while truck campers were 2.4 percent higher.
According to the industry overview, younger buyers will continue to support demand for camping and truck trailers, and, to a lesser extent, class C motorhomes.