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The conversion-vehicle market started the new year off poorly, with shipments from factories to auto dealers declining 35.2% in January, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
The sharp fall came after a 15.8% decline in calendar 2003, compared with 2002, according to RVIA data.
Van-conversion shipments fell 29% in January to 2,200 units, compared with 3,100 in January 2003.
Shipments of converted pickups plunged 41.2% in January to 1,000 units, compared with 1,700 a year earlier.
Deliveries of converted SUVs fell 50% in January to 300 units, compared with 600 in January 2003.
Meanwhile, leaders of the conversion-vehicle industry met with the RVIA Board of Directors in Scottsdale, Ariz., this past weekend about whether conversion-vehicle manufacturers should continue to be represented by the RVIA.
The board’s decision was not immediately available.