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Old 06-11-2015, 04:48 PM   #1
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RV Production must be booming

I have heard from multiple sources that RV production is going nuts....today traveling north on 57 in Illinois I counted over 20 trailers of all types being hauled south by transporters including a fleet of windjammer's.


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Old 06-11-2015, 06:11 PM   #2
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This is my 3rd season camping and the first time that I have had trouble getting campsites. The last 2 seasons I have gotten a site most anywhere I wanted to go even on short notice. This year I am finding campgrounds very busy and booked well in advance of holiday weekends So that might indicate camping is on an upswing.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:25 PM   #3
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Baby Boomers retiring are the boon of RV dealers and Campground s.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:37 PM   #4
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Some of the parks we frequent in Arkansas and Louisiana are being booked 1 year in advance now. It is getting very hard to get a spot. Yes, the RV industry is booming. I think it's the highest it's ever been in history, or right at it.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:40 PM   #5
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I have heard from multiple sources that RV production is going nuts....today traveling north on 57 in Illinois I counted over 20 trailers of all types being hauled south by transporters including a fleet of windjammer's.


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You are correct. Good for the industry, but a huge disincentive for improvement in quality.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:04 PM   #6
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RV spots within about a 250 mile radius of us are at a premium right now because of flooding and storm damage. We hope to start traveling a lot more within the next 6 months and a shortage of rv spots is something we haven't figured into the plan. Guess we need to start taking that into consideration.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:26 PM   #7
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Yep. It is booming!!!

Jobs are plentiful, retail numbers are up, money is cheap, and people have lots of cash to spend.

I agree about the quality issue; speeding production up to meet demand will only lessen overall quality.
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This is only through 2014, but averaging well over double digit yearly increases since 2010.


RV Shipments and Sales Data
  • RV shipments in January totaled 28,494 units, 11.9% greater than the same month in 2014, and the largest January total in nine years. Shipments in 2015 are expected to reach approximately 365,000 units, which would be the highest total since 2006. This would mark six consecutive years of shipments growth as the industry has bounced back from effects of the Great Recession.
  • In 2014, RV shipments climbed to 356,735 units, a gain of 11.1% over the previous year. This was the fifth consecutive annual increase and the fourth double digit percentage gain in RV shipments since the end of the last recession.
  • Recent shipments history.
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2014 356,735 11.1%
2013 321,127 12.4%
2012 285,749 13.3%
2011 252,300 4.1%
2010 242,300 46.2%
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:00 PM   #9
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We are certainly seeing an increase in the CG we stay at. It's still not up to where it was 10 years ago where we had to book sites months in advance, but it's getting better.

The CG seems to be slowing but surely making improvements.
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I may have to invest in land and infrastructure and set up RV resorts. Makes cents!
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