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The shrinkage of the wholesale market for conversion vehicles continued in July, except for a 100 units increase in the auto dealer demand for converted sport utility vehicles (SUVs), according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
There were 300 converted SUVs shipped from factories to dealerships in July, compared with 200 units delivered during July 2002.
During the first seven months of this year, shipments of converted SUVs increased 3.8% to 2,700 units, compared with 2,600 units shipped during the same portion of last year.
Meanwhile, shipments of van conversions and converted pickups both declined during July.
Van conversion shipments slipped 7.9% lower during July to 3,500 units, compared with 3,800 units delivered to dealers a year earlier.
During the first seven months of this year, van conversion shipments declined 12% to 24,200 units, compared with 27,500 units delivered a year earlier.
Shipments of converted pickups plunged 37.5% in July to 1,000 units, compared with 1,600 units shipped a year earlier.
After the first seven months of this year, shipments of converted pickups were down 2.2% to 8,900 units, compared with 9,100 units shipped a year earlier.