Retail sales moved in sync with wholesale deliveries during August with both trending lower, according to data gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc. and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Retail sales of Class A and Class C motorhomes declined 16.5% while wholesale deliveries were down 17.9%, when August 2000 is compared with August 1999. There were 4,580 new Class A and C units retailed in August while 4,600 units were shipped wholesale that month.
After the first eight months of this year, retail sales of new Class A’s and C’s were down 4.1% to 40,457 units and wholesale shipments were down 10% to 41,400 units.
The same pattern held in the towable RV sector, although the towables market in 2000 compares much more favorably to 1999 than the motorized segment.
During August, retail sales of new travel trailers, fifth-wheels and folding campers declined 1.1% to 21,302 units, while wholesale deliveries declined 0.5% to 19,200 units.
However, after the first eight month of this year, retail sales of new travel trailers, fifth-wheels and folding campers were up 4.2% to 162,547 units while wholesale deliveries were up 2.3% to 169,700 units.