The RV Industry Association’s October survey of manufacturers finds that RV shipments totaled 58,000 units, an increase of 22.5% compared to the same period last year. The association, which has an office in Elkhart, says the total was the highest on record for any month, passing last month’s record of 55,014 units by more than 5%.
The RVIA says last month was the best October on record, surpassing 2017’s previous record by more than 18%.
“With this latest report, 2021 officially becomes the year the RV industry built more RVs than ever before—and that is with two months left in the year,” said RV Industry Association President and Chief Executive Officer Craig Kirby. “Despite the challenges we have faced with supply chain and workforce, what is really remarkable is the way the RV industry has found ways to overcome the issues and deliver 12-straight months of record shipments. We know more and more people want to get outdoors and experience the joys of RVing with their friends and families and our manufacturers and suppliers have responded impressively to keep more and more RVs heading to dealerships every month.”
The RVIA says the industry is on track to meet or exceed the current 2021 shipment forecast of 577,200.
The association cites a survey of 1,280 leisure travelers conducted by Cairn Consulting shows more Americans plan on RVing in the next year than ever before. The survey showed 72 million Americans are planning an RV trip in the next year in an RV they own, rent, or borrow, an 18% increase from last year’s survey.
Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, ended the month up 23.3% against last October with 52,856 wholesale shipments. Motorhomes finished the month up 14.4% compared to the same month last year.
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