The RV industry continued its record performance in June and appears on track to set a new record for shipments in 2021.
The RV Industry Association reported on Monday that June deliveries reached 50,706 units, a 25% increase from the same month last year and a 7% increase from the previous June record set in 2017.
In a statement, Craig Kirby, president and CEO of the RV business group, said the record is particularly noteworthy given that the industry has recovered from closures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic last spring.
And when the economy reopened, the industry faced supplier issues and even labor shortages, he said.
“From closures to skyrocketing demand in the manufacturing, retail and campground segments, the RV industry has met these challenges to deliver shipments, sales and camping trips. record, “Kirby said in a statement.
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Deliveries of towable units increased 22% in June to 45,689 units from a year ago, and motorhome sales ended the month at 5,017 units, an increase of 66% from last year. Last year.
The trade group said the 300,267 RVs shipped from factories in the first half of the year also broke the previous first-half record of 272,840 set in 2018.
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According to ITR Economics’ latest forecast for the trade group, manufacturers predict that 576,065 recreational vehicles will be shipped in 2021, which would represent a gain of 14.1% from the previous record of 504,600 units set in 2017.
While there is a long-term trend in favor of RV ownership, the industry has been boosted by the coronavirus pandemic as consumers sought out outdoor activities such as camping, boating and golf, which were considered safer.