The number of RV Industry Association (RVIA).owners has been growing steadily for many years; there was an increase of 62 percent in the number of owners in 2021 than 2001. The sudden increase in ownership since the beginning of the pandemic has caused a significant shift in how Americans travel, holiday, and live, declared a News & Insights report of the
This rise has reached the highest levels in 2021 with record-breaking production ofas well as an increasing desire among consumers to purchase, both fueled with one of America’s oldest traditions—a desire to experience the great .
The demand forhas increased month-over-month through 2021, surpassing the previous records for wholesale deliveries. The most recent forecast indicates the likely year-end total for units built in 2021 will be 602,200 units. This is 40 percent more than the 2020 total, which was 430,412 units. It is also an increase of 19 percent over the record of 504,600 units, set in 2017.
owners are reporting more satisfied customers and the desire to purchase a second unit in all areas.
Today, one-in-five leisure RV Industry Association President & CEO Craig Kirby. “This bodes very well for the future growth of the industry and is a strong indicator of the lasting popularity of RVing.”are considering purchasing an , and four-in-ten leisure would consider an trip,” said
In Kirby’s words, although RVing’s freedom was the primary driver behind the increase in 2020, the primary motive this year is the need to get out and explore the vast.
“Over the past two years, many Americans have rediscovered the greatand all the health benefits that come with living an active outdoor lifestyle. This seems to have ignited a nationwide quest to discover all the natural beauty and adventure our country has to offer,” said Kirby. “ are finding that an enables them to see and experience these while enjoying the comfort and convenience of a ‘home away from home.’ “
The thirst for RV Industry Association, 72 million Americans intend to go RVing in an they own, rent, or borrow over the next year, an increase from 61 million according to an earlier survey. Many of these will be traveling to with children and family members, a significant driver for use.has never been more apparent than in in and close to the nation’s . According to a report of the
“Our main motivation is to have a relaxing adventure together as a family,” says father of two and first-timeowner Lance Jeffery. “We are inspired to visit areas that have fun activities like river rafting or tubing and national that are amazing to see.”
The promise of owning an RV parks today than when we started RVing seven years ago. My mother-in-law rents out her , and half of the renters are minorities.”has also increased in diversity. Former NFL offensive player Keith Sims, who encourages minorities to consider the lifestyle through his website, called the Soulful Family said: “I’m seeing far more people of color at
While millions of Americans continue to seek the advantages of an outdoor lifestyle, the demographics of a typicalowner are shifting. Although 85 percent of current owners consider themselves white, as per the most recent Go RVing Consumer Demographic Profile, the percentage decreases to 76 percent in the case of first-time owners in 2020.
The largest increase in the variety of owners is in those who consider themselves Black. Data of first-timeowners in 2020 show that 13 percent of them identify as Black, which is an increase from six percent of those who bought their first one to five years ago and a mere two percent of those who bought their first six or more years ago. Similar to that, Asian and Hispanic or Latino owners have increased to five and six percent respectively for those who bought their first rig in 2020.
The methods by which RVers in 2021 use their video games, devices, as well as outdoor sporting equipment in their . are beginning to cater to the new RVers with access on- or to near activities such as boating, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, golfing, rock climbing, , go-cart driving, tennis, and much more.are changing too. For example, Millennial and Gen Z owners are more likely than older counterparts to go to music festivals and carry technological devices, such as streaming gadgets, consoles,
A record-breaking growth rate is anticipated to continue into 2022, with projections for shipment ranging from 599,760 to 627,700 units with an expected total of 613,700 units. This is an increase of two percent over 2021.
The forecasts, as per ITR Economics, imply that ongoing strong demand foras well as the necessity for dealers in the industry to replenish inventory, the financial stability of consumers, and the continued interest in will keep the number of shipments up.
About the RV Industry Association
With offices in Reston, Va. and Elkhart, Ind., the RV Industry Association is the leading trade voice of the $114 billion industry, representing approximately 470 and component and aftermarket suppliers who together produce 98 percent of all made in the United States, and approximately 60 percent of produced worldwide.