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Old 01-25-2021, 08:36 PM   #761
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Default 2020 Class B Shipments Set New Record

According to RVIA total Class B unit shipments reached 7,222 units, a new record high. That's a 70% increase over last year's total which was curtailed by the Roadtrek/Hymer NA shutdown. More importantly it's a robust 23% increase over 2018 despite the 6 week Covid production shutdown in March-April.

Although the RV industry experienced unprecedented demand in the latter part of 2020 the overall unit shipments for Class C units dropped 16.5% while large Class A units lost 26.7% compared to 2019. Class B was the only motorized RV category to sustain net growth for 2020.

Class B unit shipments by year:
2016 - 4087 units
2017 - 5249 units
2018 - 5881 units
2019 - 4248 units
2020 - 7222 units
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Old 01-26-2021, 12:44 PM   #762
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That's fantastic news.

First, congratulations to all the purchasers of brand new units.

Second, for those wanting a pre-owned unit the chances of getting one will increase. More sales of new units today will mean more variety and later model choices of used units in the years to come.
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Old 02-09-2021, 04:51 PM   #763
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Default 2020 Market Share totals

SSI has release the annual market share report for 2020 as follows:

SSI top three Class B by annual sales registrations:
Winnegabo Industries Inc. 49.9%
Thor: 13.9%
Forest River: 9.9%
They also released December only market shares as:
Winnegabo Industries Inc. 48.1%
Thor: 17.7%
Forest River: 10.6%
Those monthly figures seem to indicate a late-year surge by Thor, and a lesser extent Forest River, that otherwise would have been obscured in year-to-date cumulative totals.
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Very interesting Rocky. If the late surge by Thor and Forest River continues then Winnebago's share would seem destined to decline through this year.

It's possible that, as the competition heats up, we might see unit prices decline a bit.
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Old 04-26-2021, 04:12 PM   #765
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Default 2021 Q1 Class B Shipments

RVIA reports first quarter Class B shipments hit 3066 units this year. This represents a huge increase, more than double the highest Q1 production of previous years.

With monthly production over 1000 units this would appear to portend an annual total over ten thousand units. However supply chain shortages are likely to limit output mid to late this year. In particular automotive chip shortages have shut down or limited van chassis production at all three major suppliers. Those shortages are likely to persist until late 2021.
Q1 Class B unit production:
2016 - 905
2017 - 1235
2018 - 1306
2019 - 842    (Roadtrek/EHGNA closure)
2020 - 1232  (Covid shutdowns began mid March)
2021 - 3066
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Old 04-26-2021, 05:10 PM   #766
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I assume that small mom and pop expensive outlets from Portland OR are not included in these numbers. DIY could add significantly to these numbers as well.

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Old 04-26-2021, 08:15 PM   #767
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I assume that small mom and pop expensive outlets from Portland OR are not included in these numbers. DIY could add significantly to these numbers as well.
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George you are correct, none of those van conversion companies are RVIA members, and thus would not be included in RVIA reported production. In fact barely a handful of custom Class B upfitters are RVIA manufacturers: Advanced RV, Sportsmobile, El Kapitan and ModVans.

Class B vans from smaller upfitters are very common here in the mountain west. We were at a hiking trailhead in Colorado this weekend with six Class B type vans/conversions from VanWorks, TouRig BaseCamp, VanDoIt, and a couple DIY rigs. There were no major RV brand vans present, so by vehicle count there were six Class B's, but only zero by RVIA count.

Non-RVIA units are quite rare in Class A and Class C production. I suspect that if smaller Class B producers were counted in addition to RVIA the Class B totals, which have risen dramatically in the last few years, would equal or exceed Class A production which has been dropping.
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Default RVIA Custom Van Companies

RVIA has added one more custom Class B van conversion company to the member list - Ozark Mountain Adventure Vans, a subsidiary of Springfield Coach Group (SCG) which builds custom limousines and shuttle vans. The list of custom Class B RVIA manufacturers now includes:
  • Advanced RV
  • El Kapitan vans
  • Modvans
  • Ozark Mountain Adventure Vans
  • Sportsmobile
RVIA vehicle certification is required for some RV insurance and finance contracts and thus may become a market differentiator as these small van companies proliferate.
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I would not classify this as a "huge increase". If you average out the 2019 thru 2021 period, which you should do due to the disruptions, the average is 1713 units, which is still an increase, but not huge.
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I don't know how the 1716 calc was done but if you take the the 2021 at 3066 and the 2018 at 1306 you get an increase of 1760 units, which would be the last normal year to now. That is 440 units per year average increase and a 134% increase (3306/1706 X 100 = 234% -100% = 134% increase.


That is nearly 45% per year increase in sales over 3 years and I would call very large for any business.


I would be more concerned in figuring this kind of calculation that the 2021 is also a disrupted figure because of Covid sales which spread across all RVs. Until all those sales are possibly balanced in the next couple of years, I don't think any of the actual yearly numbers are representative of where class B sales are really heading. Better to look at the % of overall RV sales for market share of entire market, maybe, to predict the future growth.
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RVIA has added one more custom Class B van conversion company to the member list - Ozark Mountain Adventure Vans, a subsidiary of Springfield Coach Group (SCG) which builds custom limousines and shuttle vans. The list of custom Class B RVIA manufacturers now includes:
  • Advanced RV
  • El Kapitan vans
  • Modvans
  • Ozark Mountain Adventure Vans
  • Sportsmobile
RVIA vehicle certification is required for some RV insurance and finance contracts and thus may become a market differentiator as these small van companies proliferate.
Advanced RV has been an RVIA member since inception in 2012 I believe. My van built in 2014 has the RVIA tag. There are requirements to build a van in compliance with RVIA as well as the manufacturer. It has been a struggle to design and build a van on the 2500 Sprinter chassis mainly because of weight issues as I want. A 144" WB 2500 Sprinter has to stay under 7,400 lbs. delivered according to MB. That is why so many short Sprinters are designed sparsely and passed off as more activity vans than full featured Class B camping vans.

I've pared down my lithium batteries by two to 576ah, have gone to a newer Xantrex inverter/charger that is lighter in weight, stainless steel counter tops instead of stone, lighter beds, lighter refrigerator/freezer, smaller microwave, no awning or solar panels (by choice anyway) and lighter wall panels, etc. ARV produced a detailed list of weights of everything installed by them in an empty cargo van. BTW, the delivered weight does not include water and waste in the tanks but you still have to stay under 9,100 lbs. Interestingly, I first explored a Super Single which has a 9,900 lb. gross vehicle weight but MB said it still had to be delivered under 7,400 lbs. The empty cargo van would weigh more as a Super Single which meant ARV could not build in improvements I designed and wanted without further paring down.
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