RV Industry News Headlines of February 2024

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RV business newsThe month of February had some very positive RV industry headlines. RV shipments are expected to grow in 2024, campgrounds will continue to expand, and manufacturers are releasing new models. Keep reading to stay abreast of the latest RV news, developments, and insights for February and beyond.

 

RV Sales News

1. RVIA: RV Shipments Expected to Rise Throughout 2024

 

According to a new RVIA report, RV shipments are expected to hit between 334,700 and 365,500 units in 2024, with a median total of 350,100. In contrast, total RV shipments in 2023 were 313,174 units. Numbers for January shipments are out and are showing an 11.1% rise compared to 2023. 

 

2: CRVA: Wholesale RV Shipments into Canada Down 15.7% in 2023

 

The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) reports that RV Wholesale Shipments into Canada for the 4th Quarter ending Dec. 31, 2023 totaled 6,303 units. Yet, there were 7,480 shipments in 2022. That’s a 15.7% drop year over year.

 

3. RVTrader: Consumers Still Buying Despite Market Headwinds

 

Despite the uncertain economic climate, 60% of consumers are optimistic that the economic environment will improve or remain stable. Surprisingly, even those who aren’t as optimistic are showing little hesitancy or restraint when it comes to making significant purchases. Overall, 75% of consumers intend to make a big purchase.

 

RV Campground News

4. Forbes: RV Parks Competing on Newness, Growth, and Amenities

 

RVers are set for an elevated camping experience as RV parks invest in newer, bigger, and more enticing facilities. Across Florida and Alabama, new RV resorts are adding everything from sparkling pools, state-of-the-art fitness centers, sports courts, watersport rentals, and theaters to cozy cabins and outdoor kitchens. In fact, Dyrt’s 2024 Camping Report revealed that 50% of private campgrounds expanded in 2023.

 

5. Campground Resorts that Cater for Boaters and RVers Gaining Popularity

 

Recreation properties that cater to both RVers and boaters are in high demand. That’s because many RVers also enjoy boating as a pastime, and lots of boaters are also RV owners. These new RVing and boating getaways are, of course, closer to water and have RV sites, marinas, boat storage, vessel rental, and stores. Venturing into both niches guarantees these businesses a more secure revenue stream.

 

6. Harvest Hosts Announces it has 500+ RV Campsites Ready for Solar Eclipse

 

Harvest Hosts says it has 500+ open RV campsites for those looking to camp during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Basically, Harvest Hosts is a membership program offering RVers access to unique, non-traditional camping locations across the US. Their options include farms, vineyards, breweries, museums, golf courses, and other scenic spots.

 

Here are some other RV news and stats on campgrounds reported in February:

 

  • The latest KOA monthly report showcases a surge in travel bookings for the 2024 season.
  • RV Technical Institute trained over 50 campground operators.
  • US national parks saw 4% Growth in visitation in 2023, to 325.5 million.
  • Finding an available campsite today is 4x harder than in 2019.
  • 45.5% of campers reported difficulty booking a site because a campground was sold out in 2023.
  • OHI approved direct membership option for campgrounds.

 

Electric Vehicle News

7. Winnebago and Xos Partner to Develop Specialty EV Chassis

 

Xos, a manufacturer of electric commercial vehicles, and Winnebago are joining hands to engineer a fully electric chassis. The zero-emission vehicle will be 33′ and 38′ long and have an estimated driving range of up to 200 miles. It will be a Winnebago Specialty Vehicle.

 

In other EV news, the US government is set to soften emission rules, which will slow the electric vehicle transition through 2030. Automakers and the United Auto Workers had urged the federal government to slow the planned ramp-up in EV sales because EV technology is still too costly for many US consumers, plus more time is needed to develop EV charging infrastructure.

 

RV Shows News

8. A Roundup of RV Show News:

 

  • Detroit RV Show reported good attendance (20,470 people), which is just  2.2% off from the previous attendance record.
  • RV dealers are optimistic after seeing satisfactory sales and leads in the early RV shows of 2024.
  • Over 95,000 people attended the UK’s 2024 Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show.
  • Carolina Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds just hosted a record-breaking trade show in Myrtle Beach. The main highlight was the importance of incorporating technology into campground marketing and operations.
  • The upcoming 44th York RV Show will feature an exclusive virtual tour for those not able to attend in person. It run from Friday, March 8, 2024 to Sunday, March 10.
  • RVIA’s ‘RVs Move America Week’ is scheduled for June 2-6 in Washington, DC.


Updates on the Newest RVs

9. More RV Manufacturers Release New Models

 

These brands revealed new 2024 RV models in February:. 

 

  • Type 2 Campers showcased the VW-styled model T2.3 travel trailer that’s 9.6 feet long.
  • SylvanSport debuts its first off-road camping trailer, GO All-Terrain (GOAT).
  • Midwest Automotive debuts its newest Patriot Class B RVs.
  • Chinook RV revealed the elegantly appointed Bayside Class B motorhome.
  • Forest River launched ’24 Salem Grand Villa 44VIEW, a destination trailer with a front & rear loft, custom king bed with versa-tilt, kitchen island with 5 seats, fireplace, and dual entry doors.
  • Forest River unveiled the Cedar Creek 25th Anniversary 391WOW fifth wheel, which feels like a high-end condo.


RV News Awards

10. RV Businesses Recognized for Excellent Services

 

Here are the top award news in the RV industry: 

 

  • Lippert, a leading supplier of highly engineered components in the recreation and transportation markets, was named among Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2024.
  • Grand Design RV was named ‘Best Employer’ in manufacturing by Goshen News
  • Jayco presented the Blue Excellence Awards to its top 10 suppliers and top sales representatives. 
  • Motor Home Specialist was named the No. 1 seller of new motorized RVs by a single dealership in the US for the 11th consecutive year in 2023.

 

2024 February RV Industry News Roundup

 

There you have it: the top RV news for the month of February 2024. Check out our monthly RV news roundups to stay ahead of the biggest headlines in the recreational vehicle scene.