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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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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...
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Old 04-28-2020, 09:36 PM   #743
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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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Old 07-29-2020, 05:51 PM   #744
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Default 2020 1st Half Wholesale Shipments

RVIA reports that first half 2020 Class B shipments totaled 2515 units, a 41% increase over last year but still below the 2018 peak of 2977 units.

However Covid-19 significantly impacted production this spring with segment leader Winnebago Industries shut down for six weeks from late March to early May. Weekly production this year generated about 125 units/wk compared to 115 unit/wk in 2018. If that rate even slightly increases for Covid driven buyers this year may well set a new record for total Class B production.

Half Year Class B prod:
2016 - 1989 units
2017 - 2765 units
2018 - 2977 units
2019 - 1799 units
2020 - 2515 units


Unfortunately SSI (Statistical Surveys Inc.) no longer releases a public version of Class B sales data by manufacturer. Presumably Winnebago will continue its large market share lead with Thor and Forest River battling for 2nd and 3rd place. But it would be nice to see that market share data.
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Old 07-29-2020, 06:47 PM   #745
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Thanks for the update. I assume the 2019 decline was due to Roadtredk. Funny that they are still below prior years with so many new builders entering hte market and some pent-up demand from 2019.
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