RV Statistics & Facts 2021

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Last Updated on December 26, 2020 by Tanmay Sarkar

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RVs are very popular in the US and over 11% of Americans now own an RV. The last few years were very good for the RV industry as the number of units sold was increasing. 2018 was a much better year than 2019 in terms of RV units shipped.

We have covered most of the aspects of RV, RVing, and RVers.

Year-Wise RV Unit Sales

YearRV Units Sold
2019 406,000
2018 483,700
2017 504,600
2016 430,700
2015 374,200
2014 356,700
2013 321,100
2012 285,900
2011 252,300
2010 242,300
2009 165,700
2008 237,000
2007 353,400
2006 390,500
2005 384,400
2004 370,100
2003 320,800
2002 311,000
2001 256,800
2000 300,100
1999 321,200
1998 292,700
1997 254,500
1996 247,500
1995 247,000
1994 259,200
1993 227,800
1992 203,400
1991 163,300
1990 173,100
1989 187,900
1988 215,800
1987 211,700
1986 189,800
1985 186,900
1984 215,700
1983 196,600
1982 140,600
1981 133,600
Source: RVIA
Chart Showing RV Units Sold Year Wise – Source: RVIA

Year-Wise RV Sales Value in Billion

YearRV Units Sold Value in Billions
201820.112
201720.022
201617.667
201516.506
201415.396
201312.894
201210.835
20119.028
20108.732
20095.152
20088.758
200714.504
200614.732
200514.366
200414.7
200312.058
200210.96
20018.598
20009.529
199910.413
19988.364
19976.904
19966.328
19955.894
19945.619
19934.713
19924.411
19913.614
19904.113
19894.589
19884.955
19874.66
19864.031
19853.936
19844.393
19833.485
19821.879
19811.253
Source: RVIA
Chart Showing Year Wise RV Units Sold Value in Billion – Source: RVIA

RV Sales by US States

StatesRV Sales by State (Millions)
Alabama      $55.7 M
Alaska $28.8 M
Arizona $174.4 M
Arkansas $34.2 M
California  $549.8 M
Colorado $119.9 M
Connecticut $68.8 M
Delaware $23.6 M
District of Columbia $6.9 M
Florida $306.2 M
Georgia $103.4 M
Hawaii $3.5 M
Idaho $40.1 M
Illinois $173.8 M
Indiana $129.4 M
Iowa $79.0 M
Kansas $40.6 M
Kentucky $67.8 M
Louisiana $57.0 M
Maine $15.9 M
Maryland $47.0 M
Massachusetts $69.8 M
Michigan $150.4 M
Minnesota $187.4 M
Mississippi $38.9 M
Missouri $81.2 M
Montana $39.3 M
Nebraska $30.2 M
Nevada $92.6 M
New Hampshire $29.6 M
New Jersey $79.7 M
New Mexico $61.2 M
New York $225.9 M
North Carolina $104.7 M
North Dakota $19.6 M
Ohio $134.0 M
Oklahoma $63.4 M
Oregon $165.6 M
Pennsylvania $170.6 M
Rhode Island $6.6 M
South Carolina $41.7 M
South Dakota $28.5 M
Tennessee $65.1 M
Texas $424.2 M
Utah $55.5 M
Vermont $13.0 M
Virginia $70.5 M
Washington $155.7 M
West Virginia $23.3 M
Wisconsin $89.6 M   
Wyoming $18.4 M
Source: RVIA
Chart Showing Class A Market Share by RV Manufacturer – Source: Business Insider

Top RV Industry Statistics

  • Over 1 million Americans are RV full-timers.
  • Over 11% of US households have an RV.
  • In 2019 410,283 RVs & Park model units were shipped.
  • A $114 Billion was the annual economic impact in 2018.
  • In 2019 alone RV industry was responsible for 596,355 jobs and $32.2 Billion in wages.
  • In 2019 482,389 RVs were made in the USA.
  • An estimated 40 million Americans go RVing each year.
  • Outdoor recreation is now 2.2% of US GDP.
  • RV ownership was 7.9 million in 2005 and its over 9 million today.
  • More than 50% of the RVers take their pets with them.
  • Rvers spend 3 to 4 weeks in their RV every year.
Chart Showing Class B Market Share by RV Manufacturer – Source: Business Insider

RV Sales & RV Ownership Statistics

  • In 2019, 406,000 RVs were sold in the US.
  • That was a decline of -16% from the prior year.
  • There are more than 100 RV manufacturers based in the US alone.
  • 80% of the manufactured RV comes from the state of Indiana.
  • Every 6 out of 10 RVs are from one county in Indiana that is Elkhart County.
  • RV industry contributed $6 Billion in taxes.
  • The Canadian RV industry generates $7 Billion in sales.
  • Over 200,000 loans were generated in 2017.
  • A loan amount equal to $8.4 billion was generated in 2017, where the average loan amount was over $45,000.
  • Over 4,000 PMRV units were sold in 2017 with an annual growth rate of 10%. PMRV’s or Park Model Recreational vehicles are small houses on a trailer.
  • As of now, Millennials are the biggest part of the RV industry.
  • There are over 6,600 dealerships in the US, creating 50,000 direct employment.
  • RV dealers create $23 billion in revenue every year.

Source: IBIS World, The Wall Street Journal, The Wandering RV, RVIA

Chart Showing Class C Market Share by RV Manufacturer – Source: Business Insider

RV Consumer Demographic Profile

  • According to Statista, 41.8 million people were engaged in car, backyard, or RV camping in 2017.
  • The average US RV owner is 48 years old.
  • There are more than 16,000 campgrounds and parking facilities in the US alone.
  • Over 9 million US families own RV that is over 40 million Americans. Millennials make up 38% of this.
  • The majority of RV owners are Generation X and Baby Boomers.
  • Average RV owners travel 3 times a year, and for 4 weeks.
  • The income of the average RV owner is $68,000.
  • 1 out of every 5th RV in the US is classified as a “conventional travel trailer.”

Source: Statista, The Wandering RV, RV Life

Chart Showing Fifth Wheel Market Share by RV Manufacturer – Source: Business Insider

RV Sales Statistics

  • Winnebago was the best seller in Class A RVs in 2017 – 2018 followed by Allegro and A.C.E.
  • Winnebago Touring Coach was the best seller in Class B RVs in 2017 – 2018 followed by Erwin Hymer.
  • Four Winds was the best seller in Class C RVs in 2017 – 2018 followed by Coachmen and Winnebago.
  • Montana was the best seller in fifth wheel in 2017 – 2018 followed by Reflection and Cougar.
  • Jay Flight was the best seller in travel trailers in 2017 – 2018 followed by Cherokee and Wildwood.
  • 14% of US households own a fifth wheel or Class A RV.

Source: RVIA, The Wandering RV, Business Insider

Chart Showing Travel Trailer Market Share by RV Manufacturer – Source: Business Insider

Full-Time RV Statistics

  • Over 1 million Americans are full-time RVers.
  • Florida is one of the most popular places for full-timers as it does not have any state income taxes.
  • Full-time RV living cost is between $1500 to $2500 a month.

RV Travel Statistics

  • On average, Rvers drive around 4,500 miles in a year.
  • 90% of the Rvers who own a travel trailer makes 3 trips in a year.
  • Yosemite National Park attracts over 250,000 visitors per year.