People of all ages, especially the younger set, are discovering the rewards of spending time in the great outdoors
Results for the RV Industry Association’s December 2022 survey of manufacturers determined the total shipments for 2022 ended with 493,268 shipments, the third best year on record.
“Coming off of the all-time high in 2021, the RV industry continued to post strong shipments through the first half of 2022,” said RV Industry Association President & CEO Craig Kirby. “As expected, we saw shipment numbers normalize off of those record highs in the second half of the year as the industry returned to production numbers seen pre-COVID.”
Total RV shipments for 2022 decreased (-17.8%) from the all-time record of 600,240 set in 2021. Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, ended 2022 down (-20.1%) against 2021 with 434,858 wholesale shipments. Motorhomes finished the year up 3.9% compared to 2021 with 58,410 units. Park Model RVs finished the year up 20.4% compared to 2021 with 4,723 units shipped.
“Our industry builds a product that allows people to prioritize not only spending time with family and friends but also experiencing the many physical and mental health benefits of being in the great outdoors. With so many younger and more diverse buyers flocking to RV travel in the past few years, the long-term future of the RV industry remains bright,” continued Kirby.
Results for the RV Industry Association’s December 2022 survey of manufacturers also determined that total RV shipments ended the month with 19,907 units, a decrease of (-50.7%) compared to the 40,347 units shipped in December 2021. Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, ended the month down (-54.6%) against last December with 16,771 shipments. Motorhomes finished the month down (-8.8%) compared to the same month last year with 3,136 units. Park Model RVs finished December up 56.6% compared to the same month last year, with 382 wholesale shipments. Park model RVs closed 2022 up 20.4% compared to 2021 with 4,723 shipments.
The RV Industry Association is the leading trade voice of the $140 billion dollar RV industry, representing approximately 495 manufacturers and component and aftermarket suppliers who together produce 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States, and approximately 60 percent of RVs produced worldwide.
The association works with federal and state lawmakers and regulators to pursue a favorable business environment for its members, is the leading source of research, data, and analysis about the RV industry, and seeks to grow and expand the RV consumer market while cultivating a positive experience for current RVers through its Go RVing program.
The association also maintains an inspection program that audits the compliance of RV manufacturers to plumbing, heating, fire and life safety, and electrical systems codes and provides an ongoing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards education program for its members, as well as provides the only industry-backed training program for RV service technicians through the RV Technical Institute.