Shipments of conversion vehicles fell by 35.2% in November with sharp declines in the dealer demand for converted pickups and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) accounting for much of the fall, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
However, van converters also had nothing to celebrate as indicated by the 23.5% decline in deliveries in November, the RVIA also reported.
There were 2,600 van conversions shipped from manufacturers to auto dealers in November, compared with 3,400 units in November 2002.
After the first 11 months of 2003, van-conversion shipments were down 17.5% to 36,300 units, compared with 44,000 units in the same portion of 2002.
Meanwhile, shipments of converted pickups declined 42.9% in November to 800 units, compared with 1,400 a year earlier. During the first 11 months of 2003, converted pickup shipments slipped 7.5% to 13,600 units, compared with 14,700 a year earlier.
Deliveries of converted SUVs dwindled to only 100 units in November, compared with 600 the yrear before. After the first 11 months of 2003, converted SUV deliveries were down 22.2% to 3,500 units, compared with 4,500 in 2002.