11 RV Industry News Headlines of June 2024

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From rising RV shipments and a remarkable surge in outdoor participation to promising startups, the future of the RV industry is looking bright. Read now the biggest RV news stories of June 2024.

RV Industry Outlook News


1. May 2024 Wholesale RV Shipments Up 7.2% Over May 2023


The RVIA’s May 2024 survey shows total RV shipments at 33,150 units, a 7.2% increase from May 2023’s 30,919 units. Towable RVs, primarily travel trailers, rose 13.5% to 30,177 units, while motorhomes fell 31.2% to 2,973 units. Year-to-date shipments are also up by 8.9% at 153,288 units.


2. RV Shipments to Increase to Median of 391,400 by End of 2025


According to the June 2024 issue of RV RoadSigns by ITR Economics for RVIA, RV wholesale shipments are expected to reach the mid-300,000 unit range by the end of 2024 before increasing further in 2025. This forecast projects 2024 shipments to range between 329,900 and 359,100 units, with a median of 344,000.


3. Outdoor Participation Surpasses Record Levels for 9th Year in a Row


The Outdoor Foundation (OF) and Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released the 2024 Outdoor Participation Trends Report. The study reveals a 4.1% growth in outdoor recreation participation in 2023, reaching a record 175.8 million participants, or 57.3% of the U.S. population, with increases across various demographics and activities. Here are some key findings:

 

  • In 2023, 22.2 million more Americans aged six and older participated in outdoor recreation compared to 2019.

     

  • For the first time, over half of American women engaged in outdoor recreation.

     

  • The ethnic and racial diversity of participants increased slightly in 2023: 69.7% are White, 10.3% are Black, 13.4% are Hispanic, 5.3% are Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1.4% identify as other ethnic/racial origins.

     

  • In 2023, 7.7 million Americans tried outdoor recreation activities for the first time.


4. KOA: Campers are Seeking More Immersive Travel Experiences in 2024


KOA’s Camping and Outdoor Hospitality Report reveals that campers seek to share immersive natural experiences with friends and family while camping, and they also desire to slow down and savor the moment. Here are some key details:

 

  • Campers are seeking a mix of activities, including enjoying an adult beverage by a campfire, fishing, hiking, scenic drives, bird watching, stargazing, and visiting historical sites.

     

  • Campers are trying new experiences like overlanding, backcountry camping, and glamping (most popular, tried by 32% of campers).

     

  • Shoulder and off-peak travel increased by 21%, while peak season travel declined by 4%, due to overcrowding and weather issues.

     

  • Interest in winter camping has grown, with one in four households participating in the 2023/2024 season, up from previous years.

     

  • 86% of RVers use their RVs for diverse activities, including outdoor recreation, visiting friends, and attending festivals and events. RV enthusiasts also appreciate the spontaneity and enhanced sense of safety and security that RV travel provides.


5. Analysis Reveals the Top-Rated National Parks in the U.S

 

CasinoBonusCA analyzed visitor survey data from the National Park Service data to rank the best parks in the country. Topping the list is New River Gorge National Park & Preserve in West Virginia, boasting an 87.76% “Very Good” rating for its activities and views.


Carlsbad Caverns National Park
in New Mexico follows with an 86.4% rating, praised for its extensive cave system. Oregon’s Lewis and Clark National Historic Park ranks third with 86.1%, offering scenic vistas and rich history.


Acadia National Park
in Maine places fourth at 82.02%, noted for its coastal beauty. Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska ranks fifth with 85.95%. Sixth is Congaree National Park in South Carolina at 85.05%.


Arches National Park
in Utah is seventh at 84.38%, followed by Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park at 83.86%. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, straddling Tennessee and North Carolina, is ninth at 83.09%. Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming rounds out the top ten at 83.06%.


News on RV Shows and Events

 

6. America’s Largest RV Show’ Getting Ready for Hershey, Pa.


America’s Largest RV Show will occur in September 17-23, 2023. The event takes place at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There will be more than 1,500 new RVs, accessories, products, and services on display. In addition, there will be training sessions, networking opportunities, and even a silent auction.


In other RV industry news:

 

  • The third annual National Go RVing Day was celebrated on June 8, 2024, with social media buzz and news segments reaching over 4 million people nationwide, as reported by the RVIA. 


News on RV Dealerships


7. RVDA Launches Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Survey


The RV Dealers Association (RVDA) has launched the 2024 Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey. U.S. and Canadian dealers can rate the manufacturers/brands they sell based on four core issues: reliability/quality, parts support, warranty support, and sales support. Dealers have until September 11th to complete the survey.


Other RV sector news on dealerships:

 

  • XGRiD Campers has opened a new dealership in Tennessee.

     

  • Fun Town has donated $250,000 to a new RV tech training program, helping transform the industry’s workforce.

     

  • Jayco’s employees celebrate the renovation of its service center.

     

  • Nominations for the 2024 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards are underway. Manufacturers will nominate the dealers and independent judges will then choose the dealers who excel in customer and community service.

     

  • Forest River to Acquire Trans Tech Bus, Inc., one of the industry’s leading Type-A school bus manufacturers and all-electric school bus pioneers.


Latest RV Technology, Inventions, and Startups


8. Startup Aims to Reinvigorate Dealers’ Aged Inventory


New RVs can prematurely age after months on a dealer’s lot, affecting both new and used inventory. This results in sales associates avoiding older coaches, reducing dealership profits when these RVs finally sell or are wholesaled. ReFresh RV, based in Omaha, Nebraska, aims to change this with its proprietary process that restores RV exteriors to like-new condition, lasting for years. It will utilize a unique coating that restores shine and color without buffing.


9. Startup RVOvernights.com Connects Businesses with RVers


RVOvernights.com helps small businesses attract new customers by connecting them with RV travelers across the U.S. This online platform offers unique overnight locations like wineries, breweries, and farms, providing an alternative to crowded campgrounds. Launched post-pandemic, it aims to support small businesses and meet the growing demand for RV travel options.


In other RV tech news, portable power maker EcoFlow has debuted an alternator charger. It’s easy to install, and it harnesses a vehicle’s excess vehicle alternator energy. Remarkably, it only takes 1.3 hours to replenish 1kWh worth of power. 


News on RV Recalls of June 2024


10. NHTSA Releases its Most Recent Installment of RV Recalls


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its latest installment of RV recalls. These campers have potential safety issues that need repairs. Staying informed about these recalls is crucial for ensuring your safety. Some of the June RV recalls are: 

 

  • Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA) is recalling 56 2023-2024 Freightliner Custom Chassis XCR and 2024 XBS, XCM chassis.

     

  • Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling 12 2024-2025 Indigo and Luminate motorhomes as well as 2025 Thor Tranquility and Sanctuary motorhomes.

     

  • Thor Motor Coach is recalling certain 2023-2024 Omni and Magnitude motorcoaches.

     

  • Forest River, Inc. is recalling 101 2024 Sabre fifth-wheels, as well as Rainier, Stealth Evo, Salem, Vibe, and Wildwood travel trailers.

     

  • Forest River, Inc. is recalling 41,353 2004-2024 Cedar Creek and 2006-2024 Puma fifth-wheels trailers.

     

  • Foretravel, Inc. (Foretravel) is recalling 13 2020 IC-37 vehicles.

     

  • Host Industries is recalling 121 2022-2025 Host Mammoth, Yukon, Cascade, Tahoe, and Everest trailers.

     

  • Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA) is recalling 285 2025 Freightliner Custom Chassis.

     

  • Grand Design RV LLC is recalling certain 2023 Solitude fifth wheels.

     

  • Airstream Inc. is recalling certain 2024 Interstate motorhomes.

     

  • Jayco Inc. is recalling certain 2024 Jay Feather travel trailers.


Updates on the New RV Models 2024 – 2025


11. More Manufacturers Release New 2024 RVs

 

These brands recently revealed new 2024 RV models in June:

 

  • Grand Design RV officially launched its first motorized offering, an innovative Class C RV called the Lineage Series M.

     

  • Newmar unveils ‘Northern Star’ brand, an entry-level Class A diesel pusher.

     

  • Gulf Stream has launched a nimble, affordable, yet fully featured Class C Conquest that rides on a transit chassis.

     

  • Entegra Coach showcases the 2025 Aspire Class A diesel pusher with the quietest riding and best handling at its price point.

     

  • Triple E’s Leisure Vans announce 2025 upgrades. There are lots of electrical upgrades, including a touchscreen control panel, smart 270-Ah Li battery, 3000-W Inverter with 150-A charger, smart surge protector, solar controller, and inverted Truma Aventa Eco AC with soft-start.


Wrapping Up: 2024 June RV Industry News Roundup


Those are the top RV news stories for the month of June 2024. Check out our monthly RV news summaries to stay up to date with the biggest headlines in the recreational vehicle sector.