In RVIA’s February survey of manufacturers, RV wholesale shipments to retailers accelerated to 35,929 units this year, a 13.9 percent increase over last month and a 12.1 percent increase over this same month one year ago.
The RV Industry Association’s monthly numbers released Tuesday show that shipments have reached 67,455 units through the first two months this year, an 11.4 percent gain over this same two month period last year.
Continuing a trend established a number of months ago towable RVs have increased by the largest unit totals while motorhomes have reported the greatest percentage gains over the previous year, according to the release.
Increased employment and greater consumer discretionary income have been the driving force behind recent consumer spending increases lifting RV shipments totals along the way.
This month’s total was the best February in 39 years and represents an annualized rate of more than 425,000 units. This marks the best such annualized rate since late 2005.
Travel trailer and popup campers increased the most in the towable category, rising 13.6 and 14.1 percent consecutively in February. Truck campers dropped 7.5 percent.
Sales of Class C motorhomes led all categories in percentage increases, rising 21.9 percent over February 2015.