Recreational Vehicle Market

Analysis by Price (Standard, and Luxury); by Fuel (Diesel, and Gas); by Vehicles (Motorhomes, and Caravans); and by End Use (B2C/Individual, and B2B/Fleet Owner)– Global Supply & Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023-2035

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Global Recreational Vehicle Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

The global recreational vehicle market is estimated to garner a revenue of USD 80 Billion by the end of 2035 by growing at a CAGR of ~4% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. Further, the market generated a revenue of USD 60 Billion in the year 2022. The growth of the market can be attributed to the rising sales of RVs all across the world. Owing to the multi-purpose application of recreational vehicles, their sales are soaring. Camping vehicle sales in Japan as a whole were estimated to be worth USD 470 million in 2021. Furthermore, around 600,000 recreational vehicles were shipped worldwide in 2021. It was a remarkable increase of around 362% from 2009.


 In addition to these, factors that are believed to fuel the market growth of recreational vehicles include the rising use of RVs for camping and off-road traveling. RVs are convenient to set up during the dark part of the day, as it requires less packaging for the trip. Moreover, RVs are much more comfortable to sleep in than a ten or a packed car. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ranks as the most popular national park destination for RV users. Furthermore, more than 1 million RVs spent the night at National Park Service campgrounds in total in 2020.

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Global Recreational Vehicle Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 60 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 80 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Global Recreational Vehicle Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Sales of Recreational Vehicles –Rising demand for RVs is expected to boost the market growth. In 2021, the total RV shipments were around 576,000 units. This sum represented a nearly 34% increase over the 430,000-unit total at the end of 2020.

  • Higher Number of People Renting RVs – With the convenience of having a rental facility, people can rent an RV any time for their trips. Around 74% of people bought an RV in North America. However, around 62% prefer renting an RV. In 2020, nearly 8% of people rent it from a private owner, which is about 6% higher than in 2019.

  • Increasing Benefits of Electric RV– Rising technological advancement is likely to enable users to have more facilities in their RV, and E-RVs are expected to be cheaper than gas or diesel ones. For instance, the Ford transit-based Winnebago’s e-RV, which provides a 125-mile range, and an 86-kwh battery pack and claims to satisfy nearly 54% of RV buyers. On the other hand, Thor Industries added up to 300 miles of range by combining a battery pack, a hydrogen fuel cell, and a solar roof.

  • Growing Trend of Camping and Outdoor Picnics– RVs are a cost-effective medium for taking a trip, as they are comfortable, spacious, and easy to set up.  Around 4 million families went camping for the first time in 2018. These campers had a non-white demographic making up nearly 51%. In addition, 1 million families enjoy camping in Canada.

  • Rising Popularity of Food Trucks- Old RVs can be re-used as food trucks, which saves lots of money for the owner, and prevents an RV from being discarded. In the United States, there are nearly 36,324 food truck enterprises.


  • The prices of raw material for manufacturing the RV keeps on fluctuating
  • Government restrictions on RVs and environmental issues
  • There is a huge expense of gas with RVs-The main drawback of owning an RV is the price of gas. Most RVs use a lot more petrol than a typical automobile. Moreover, the larger the size of the RV the more gas it will require to run. Therefore, if a user saves costs on hotels during the trip, then their budget is exhausted on filling the gas.

Market Segmentation

The global recreational vehicle market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by fuel into diesel, and gas. Out of the two fuel-running recreational vehicles, the diesel segment is estimated to gain the largest market share over the projected time frame. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the better efficiency of diesel-based recreational vehicles. The torque of a diesel engine is higher. It maintains your vehicle's speed during a climb and climbs hills better, as camping is frequently done in RVs. Compared to its gas equivalent, it accomplishes tasks far better. Moreover, the resale value of diesel RVs is much higher than that of gas RVs. In addition to this, At 150-200k miles, a gas engine truck might need to be replaced. On the other hand, a truck with a well-kept diesel engine is frequently still going strong after 400,000 miles or more.

The global recreational vehicle market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by vehicles into motorhomes, and caravans. Amongst these two segments, the motorhomes segment is expected to garner a significant share. Motorhomes have a compact size, and they are helpful if users are on a lengthy journey and staying in a variety of locations. With a motorhome, everything is contained in one vehicle, making it simple to move from location to location while bringing everything with it. Over the past year, sales of motorhomes have skyrocketed all around the world, and it is expected to boost the segment’s growth.  Moreover, motorhomes are very convenient during travel, a lot of motorhome users have found that they can use it as a home. Moreover, it can be used as a temporary residence while your primary residence is being either renovated or fumigated. In this manner, travel time and accommodation costs can be minimized.

Our in-depth analysis of the global recreational vehicle market includes the following segments:

              By Price

  • Standard
  • Luxury

            By Fuel

  • Diesel
  • Gas

          By Vehicles

  • Motorhomes
  • Caravans

           By End Use

  • B2C/Individual
  • B2B/Fleet Owner

Global Recreational Vehicle Market Regional Synopsis

The North American recreational vehicle market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the increasing popularity of food trucks among the younger age group. Around 43% of food truck spending is made up of adults 25 to 44 years old. Moreover, in 2018, the U.S. food truck business expanded at a 9.9% average yearly rate. Besides this, market growth in the region is expected on the account of the rising interest of people in camping and the rising use of RVs. In the United States, there are 77 million families with campers. Moreover, in 2018, around 28 million Americans went camping. In addition to this, in the same year, there was a nearly 64% rise in the number of Americans who went camping. Furthermore, around 40 million people travelled in RVs in the past two years.

The Asia Pacific recreational vehicle market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the second largest share during the forecast period.  Food trucks have gained huge popularity in the region, it takes a low investment to open a new business of food trucks in the region, and many families are dependent on it for their source of income. In China, food trucks may be started for less than USD 500, yet they are the main source of income for millions of households. Moreover, food trucks are a common appearance during gatherings and college festivals. A food truck can easily make USD 400-500 in India. Owners of food trucks frequently decide to set up shop on such occasions where there are a large number of attendees. A food truck may easily earn around USD 35000 in a month, and the revenue may increase by another USD 3000 if they incorporate events such as college festivals.

Further, the Europe recreational vehicle market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to witness growth by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the increasing demand for and sales of recreational vehicles. In the unusual COVID-19 the year 2020, Europeans' interest in travelling by caravan persisted. According to the European Caravan Federation, the number of new recreational vehicle registrations in Europe in 2020 was around 235,000, which ranks second best in history only behind 1980.


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Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global Recreational Vehicle Market

    • Grand Design RV

      • Company Overview

      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Airstream, Inc.
    • Skyline Corporation
    • Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd.
    • Erwin Hymer Group
    • Thor Industries Inc.
    • Forest River Inc.
    • Nexus RV
    • REV Recreation Group
    • Winnebago Industries

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Global Economic Impact

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Despite Inflation & Fearing Recession, Businesses Across the Globe Expected to Do Better in 2023:

In 2023, market players might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain.
Controlling Inflation has become the first priority for global economies from last quarter of 2022 and to be followed in 2023. With skewed economic situations, rise in interest rate by governments to control spending and inflation, spiked oil and gas prices, high inflation, geo-political issues including U.S. & China trade war, Russia-Ukraine conflict to intensify the global economic issues.
The interest rates in the U.S. may be less sensitive in 2023 as compared to 2022; sigh of relief for businesses. Positive business sentiments, healthy business balance sheets, growth in construction spending (private construction value in 2022 stood at $1,429.2 billion, 11.7 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $1,279.5 billion spent in 2021, Residential construction in 2022 was $899.1 billion, up by 13.3 percent (±2.1 percent) from $793.7 billion in 2021, non-residential construction touched $530.1 billion, 9.1 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $485.8 billion in 2021.) showcases minimal impact of recession in the country.
Similarly, spiked spending in the European and major Asia economics including, India, China & Japan to showcase less impact on the global demand.

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the global recreational vehicle market?

Ans: Rising sales of RVs, growing trends of food trucks, rising preference for camping, and deployment of electric RVs are the major factors driving the market growth.

2) What would be the CAGR of global recreational vehicle market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~4% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

3) What are the challenges affecting the global recreational vehicle market growth?

Ans: High expenditure on gas, environmental concerns associated with RVs, and indefinite price of raw materials are estimated to be the growth hindering factors for the market expansion.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of global recreational vehicle market in future?

Ans: The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

5) Who are the major players dominating the global recreational vehicle market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Airstream, Inc., Skyline Corporation, Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd., Erwin Hymer Group, Thor Industries Inc., Forest River Inc., Nexus RV, REV Recreation Group, Winnebago Industries, and Grand Design RV.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the recreational vehicle market?

Ans: The market is segmented by price, fuel, vehicle, end user, and by region.

8) Which segment captures the largest market size in the fuel segment in the recreational vehicle market?

Ans: The diesel segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

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