NADAguides recently issued an RV market update showing that 2018 remained a good year for despite wholesale shipments falling short of 2017. Used values for most segments were similar to 2017, the report said, with the exception of camping trailers and truck campers, which notably outperformed last year. Market trends continue to favor smaller and lighter units.
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Starting with travel trailers, values remained steady throughout the year, with only mild seasonal depreciation to close out the year. Standard hitch trailers remained on the plateau established after the pricing bump in the third quarter of 2017, finishing the year 7.7 percent ahead of 2017 on average. Fifth wheel trailers mirrored 2017 pricing almost exactly, with less than 1 percent change year-over-year.
Motorhome values generally followed a seasonal arc. Class A’s finished the year higher than they started, ultimately bringing an average of 2 percent more money than in 2017. Class C’s saw a less notable seasonal bump in the spring of 2018 but remained stable through the third quarter to come in less than 1 percent lower than 2017.
Looking at camping trailers and truck campers, demand for new and used units appears strong. This segment was one of the few to see an increase in wholesale shipments, coming in 20.8 percent higher in 2018, according to the RV Industry Association. Used camping trailers brought 6 percent more money in 2018, while truck campers brought 5.6 percent more.