Total wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs surged to 26,736 units in the December survey of manufacturers, increasing 23.3 percent over the same period last year, according to a release from the RV Industry Association.
The spike led to the largest December total in nine years dating back to 2005, bringing the yearly total to 356,735, exceeding the 350,000 year-end prediction made by Richard Coon at the RVIA Outlook Breakfast in Louisville, Ky.
The year-to-year gain represents an 11.1 percent over 2013, and is the fifth consecutive annual increase and the fourth double-digit percentage gain in RV shipments since the end of the Great Recession.
While motorhomes finished the year up 14.7 percent, December 2014 remained relatively flat compared to the same month a year earlier. Total motorhome shipments for the month totaled 2,885.
Class B’s again represented the largest segment of growth, with a 27.1 percent spike over Dec. 2013. Class A shipments dipped 10.6 percent on month-to-month comparison, but finished the year 14.9 percent above 2013.
Seasonally adjusted, the December 2014 total reached an annualized rate of more than 375,000 units. The strong finish this year was led by towable RV shipments which rose in December to 23,851 units, a gain of 27 percent over the final month one year ago.