|Last Quarterly Update:||1/16/2017|
|SIC Codes:||3716, 3792|
|NAICS Codes:||336213, 336214|
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Companies in this industry manufacture campers, motor homes, and travel trailers. Major companies include Fleetwood RV, Jayco, Monaco RV, Thor Industries, Forest River, and Winnebago (all based in the US), along with Hymer (Germany), Swift (UK), and Trigano (France).
The US recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturing industry consists of about 600 companies with combined annual revenue of about $15 billion.
Demand is driven by consumer income and demographics, as RV buyers are mainly middle aged and older. The profitability of individual companies depends on the ability to design desirable products. Large companies have economies of scale in production and distribution. Small companies can compete successfully by concentrating on a product line or by specializing in components. The US industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest motor home manufacturers account for almost all of industry revenue; the top 50 travel trailer manufacturers generate more than 85% of industry revenue.
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Travel trailers and campers together account for about 80% of industry revenue; motor homes account for about 20%. Some manufacturers also make "park" models, which are essentially small manufactured homes that require hookups and are intended to be moved, but only occasionally.
Motor homes are complete, self-propelled units. Travel trailers are complete units that must be towed by a car or truck. "Fifth-wheel" trailers are towed from a mount in a pick-up truck and extend over the bed of the truck. Campers, or folding trailers, ...
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