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Although shipments of converted pickups and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) improved earlier this year, the entire conversion vehicle sector struggled during April, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports.
Continuing to have the greatest difficulty is van conversions, the largest component of the conversion vehicle sector.
Van conversion shipments from factories to auto dealers declined 18.2% during April to 3,600 units, compared with 4,400 units delivered during April 2002, the RVIA reports.
During the first four months of this year, van conversion shipments declined 11.8% to 13,500 units.
Meanwhile, shipments of converted pickups declined 8.3% in April to 1,100 units, compared with 1,200 units shipped a year earlier.
However, after the first four months of this year, shipments of converted pickups were up 39% to 5,700 units, compared with 4,100 units delivered during the same portion of 2002.
Deliveries of converted SUVs also declined 33.3% in April to 400 units, but converted SUV shipments were up 28.6% after the first four months of this year to 1,800 units.