Shipments of travel trailers from factories to dealers increased sharply in April, but fifth-wheel and Class C motorhome deliveries were flat, while Class A motorhome and folding-camper shipments declined, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Here is an outline of the RVIA’s report:
• Travel-trailer shipments increased 9.7% in April to 14,700 units, compared with 13,400 units delivered during April 2002. After the first four months of this year, travel-trailer shipments were up 22.4% to 50,300 units.
• Fifth-wheel shipments increased 1.7% in April to 6,100 units, compared with 6,000 delivered a year earlier. After the first four months of this year, fifth-wheel shipments totaled 21,100 units, the same number delivered during the first four months of 2002.
• Folding-camper shipments plunged 16% in April to 4,200 units, compared with 5,000 units delivered in April 2002. After the first four months of this year, folding-camper shipments were down 19.6% to 13,100 units.
• Class A motorhome shipments declined 5.9% in April to 3,200 units, compared with 3,400 units delivered a year earlier. However, after the first four months of this year, Class A motorhome deliveries were up 2.3% to 13,200.
• There were 2,000 Class C motorhomes delivered during April, the same number shipped during April 2002. After the first four months of this year, Class C motorhome shipments were up 3.4% to 6,100 units.
• Truck-camper shipments declined 18.2% in April to 900 units, compared with 1,100 units shipped a year earlier. After the first four months of this year, truck-camper shipments were down 18.9% to 3,000 units.
• Class B motorhome shipments fell 66.7% in April to 100 units, compared with 300 units shipped during April 2002. After the first four months of this year, Class B motorhome shipments were down 30% to 700 units.