The conversion vehicle market is not what it used to be, but it appears that it did expand in 2002, when compared with 2001, according to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
During the first 11 months of 2002, the most current information available, van-conversion shipments from manufacturers to dealers increased 5.5% to 44,000 units, despite a 2.9% decline in November, when 3,400 units delivered.
That means the van-conversion market in 2002 will end up being one-quarter to one-fifth as large as it was during the late 1980s, when around 200,000 van-conversion units were shipped from manufacturers to auto dealers each year.
Meanwhile, shipments of converted pickups doubled in November to 1,400 units, and, after the first 11 months of 2002, shipments of converted pickups were up 5% to 14,700 units.
Shipments of converted sport utility vehicles (SUVs) also doubled to 600 units in November and converted SUV shipments were up 7.1% in the first 11 months of 2002 to 4,500 units.