A surge in the travel trailer category helped lift RV shipments again in March, according to the RV Industry Association’s latest manufacturer survey.
Total shipments to retailers totaled 40,740 units in the month, up 13.9 percent over the previous month, ahead of the same month last year by 11.5 percent, making March the largest single monthly total for all RVs since March 2006, the RVIA reports.
Travel trailer shipments climbed 14.9 percent compared to March 2015, while fifth wheel shipments dropped slightly (1.4 percent). Popup campers dipped 17.3 percent from 1,115 in March 2015, to 922 in 2016.
Seasonally adjusted, the March total represented an annualized rate of more than 420,000 units, the highest run rate in more than 10 years.
All motorhome categories showed improvement in March, compared to the same period last year. Class A shipments were up 9.5 percent, Class B shipments rose 20.1 percent, and Class C shipments lead all motorized categories with a 29.9 percent uptick over March 2015.
Year-to-date, first quarter shipments have now climbed to 108,195 units, 11.5 percent ahead of the same period last year. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, first quarter shipments were running at an annualized rate of more than 430,000 units, 12.2 percent ahead of the pace reported for this same period last year.
Both towable and motorhome categories were reported at higher totals than this same three month period in 2015 with a greater unit increase for all towable RVs, largely conventional travel trailers, while all motorhomes improved by a higher percentage total, led by type C motorhomes.