RV industry has best April ever

RV Industry AssociationThis graphic shows the progression of recreational vehicle shipments so far this year.

RESTON, Va. — RV Industry Association’s April survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished at 47,442, an increase of 12.2 percent from the 42,295 units shipped last April. The April 2018 shipment total is the best April on comparable record, according to the association. All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 41,411 units for the month, an increase of 11.3 percent compared to last April’s towable RV shipment total of 37,195.

The industry is concentrated in northern Indiana's Elkhart and LaGrange counties, which produce about 80 percent of the nation's RVs, according to past statements by the RVIA.

April motorhome shipments ended the month with 6,031 shipments to retailers, up 18.3 percent compared to last April’s total of 5,100.

Year-to-date wholesale shipments are at 184,528 up 13.1 percent compared to this point last year, the RV Industry Association stated. Towable RVs are up 13.6 percent to 161,004 units. Motorhome shipments are up 9.7 percent to 23,524 units.

Park model RVs ended the month with 369 wholesale shipments, down (-12.8 percent) compared to last April. Year-to-date, park model RVs are up 1 percent compared to this point last year with 1,470 shipments.

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