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The retail sales of Class A motorhomes in April almost equaled wholesale shipments of Class A’s during the month, a comparison of retail sales data from Statistical Surveys Inc. and shipments data the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reveals.
There were 3,303 Class A’s sold during April by dealers in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 3,400 units shipped wholesale during the month, according to the RVIA.
Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, was unable to gather April motorhome sales data from New Hampshire and Utah and it does not gather data from Hawaii.
Had New Hampshire and Utah sales been available, then Class A motorhome retail and wholesale would have been basically equal in April.
Meanwhile, the RVIA, which represents RV manufacturers and their suppliers, gathers wholesale shipments figures from its members and it rounds the totals to the nearest one hundred.
In addition to demonstrating that dealers are only ordering one Class A from the factory for each unit that they sold to a retail buyer, the Statistical Surveys data also suggests that the retail market for Class A’s, which was hot during the first quarter, cooled off slightly in April.
The 3,303 Class A’s retailed in the 47 states in April represents a 5.3% increase over the 3,136 Class A’s retailed in the same states during April 2001.
The relative strength of the retail market for Class A’s in the first quarter is reflected in the 12.6% increase in Class A sales when the first four months of this year are compared with the same period a year earlier. There were 11,952 Class A’s retailed in the 47 states during the first four months of this year, compared with 10,612 Class A’s sold by dealers in the same states during the same period a year earlier.
In terms of wholesale shipments, there were 12,900 Class A’s delivered during the first four months of this year, the RVIA reported earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Class C motorhome retail sales increased a modest 1.9% in April to 1,461 units although Class C retail sales were up 12.3% after the first four months of this year to 4,587 units.
In terms of wholesale deliveries, there were 2,000 Class C’s shipped in April and 5,900 Class C’s were delivered to dealers during the first four months of this year, the RVIA reported earlier this month.