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Possibly the first empirical evidence of the RV industry’s turnaround is the 4.3% increase in Class A motorhome shipments and the 12.5% increase in Class C motorhome shipments during November.

According to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), there were 2,400 Class A’s shipped from factories to dealers last November, compared with 2,300 units delivered during November 2000.

November was the first month during 2001 when Class A shipments were higher than they were during 2000.

After the first 11 months of 2001, Class A shipments were down 19.9% to 30,500 units.

Meanwhile, there were 900 Class C’s shipped wholesale last November, compared with 800 units delivered during November 2000.

After the first 11 months of 2001, Class C shipments were down 21.2% to 12,300 units.

Additionally, 5,500 travel trailers were shipped to dealers last November, equaling the number of travel trailer units delivered during November 2000.

After the first 11 months of 2001, travel trailer shipments were down 11.2% to 96,300 units.

Here is how the other product categories performed on the wholesale market, according to the RVIA:

Fifth-wheel shipments declined 2.8% last November to 3,500 units. After the first 11 months of 2001, fifth-wheel deliveries were down 12.9% to 51,200 units.

Folding campers shipments fell 18.5% last November to 2,200 units. After the first 11 months of 2001, folding camper deliveries were down 21% to 38,300 units.

Truck camper shipments declined 14.3% last November to 600 units. After the first 11 months of 2001, truck camper deliveries were down 11.4% to 9,300 units.

Class B motorhome shipments declined 33.3% last November to 200 units. After the first 11 months of 2001, Class B deliveries were down 27.3% to 2,400 units.