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Old 02-11-2020, 08:12 PM   #741
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Thanks for the update. 2020 will be interesting for sure.

Will Rapido/Roadtrek get in the top three?

Or will it end up like this:
#1 Winnebago
#2 Thor / Airstream / Hymer USA
#3 Forest River / Coachmen

Should be a nice variety of Class B's to choose from.

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Old 02-13-2020, 03:19 PM   #742
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Originally Posted by markopolo View Post
Will Rapido/Roadtrek get in the top three?
I suspect not for some years, if ever. Winnebago, Thor, and Forest River are large organizations with deep pockets. Roadtrek, Inc. is now closer to the level of PW. But I don't consider that a bad thing. I hope that they choose to go for quality rather than quantity. We don't need any more slapped together Class Bs. What we need... desperately... is more high quality workmanship like we used to see from smaller companies like GWV, LTV, PW, and the old Roadtrek before the big recession.

But without the obscenely high price tag of Advanced...

2019 Roadtrek Simplicity SRT (almost a Zion)
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Old 04-28-2020, 09:36 PM   #743
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Default 2020 Q1 Wholesale Shipments

RVIA reports that first quarter 2020 Class B shipments totaled 1232 units, a significant (46.3%) recovery from last year when Hymer/Roadtrek's shutdown pushed quarterly shipments down to 842 units, the lowest in years.

A more valid comparison might be to trend first quarter output over the last five years.

Q1 Class B unit production:
2016 - 905
2017 - 1235
2018 - 1306
2019 - 842
2020 - 1232

Given that most manufacturers where shuttered the last couple weeks of March, about 10% of the production quarter, this shows a steady but slow improvement the last few years.

Although still the smallest segment of the Motorhome market Class B's are actually trending more positively than their larger Class A and C brethren. Big Class A units have trended downward from 6000+ to 3400 units during the same time period, and Class C's have declined from 9000+ to 5400 units currently.

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