The number of Class A motorhomes sold to retail buyers declined by 5.5% in January, although Class C motorhome retail sales increased by 1.7%, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
There were 2,245 Class A’s sold in January by dealers in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 2,376 units retailed by dealers in the same 47 states in January 2002.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather sales data from New Hampshire and South Carolina, and it does not collect Hawaii’s figures.
Meanwhile, there were 755 Class C’s sold in the 47 states in January, compared with 742 in the same states a year earlier.
A comparison of the Statistical Surveys data with the latest wholesale shipments figures from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) suggested dealers build up their motorhome inventories in January to prepare for retail shows in their territories and for the spring market.
The RVIA reports there were 3,100 Class A’s shipped from manufacturers to dealers in January, about 800 more than were sold, and there were 1,300 Class C’s shipped wholesale in January, about 500 more than were sold.
The RVIA gets its delivery figures from its members, so its shipment figures include the units delivered to dealers in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Hawaii, Canada and other foreign destinations.