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A comparison of wholesale shipments and retail sales figures reveals RV dealer inventories grew at slower rates during the first two months of this year than they did during the first two months of 2000.

Here is a comparison of wholesale delivery figures from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and retail sales data from Statistical Surveys Inc.:

There were 4,262 Class A units retailed and 5,000 Class A’s shipped wholesale during the January-February period of this year. That means the number of Class A’s that were retailed during the first two months of this year is equivalent to 85% of the number of Class A’s that were shipped wholesale.

But during the first two months of 2000, there were 5,649 Class A’s retailed and 8,200 units shipped wholesale. That means the number of Class A’s retailed during the first two months of 2000 equaled 69% of those delivered wholesale.

There were 1,395 Class C motorhomes retailed and 1,900 units shipped wholesale during the first two months of this year, which means the number retailed equaled 73% of those shipped wholesale.

During the first two months of 2000, there were 1,804 Class C’s retailed and 2,800 units shipped wholesale, which means the number of Class C’s retailed during that period equaled 64% of those delivered wholesale.

There were 8,932 travel trailers retailed and 14,800 units shipped wholesale during the first two months of this year, which means the number of travel trailers retailed during the first two months of this year equaled 60% of those shipped wholesale.

During the first two months of 2000, there were 9,984 travel trailers retailed and 19,900 units shipped wholesale, which means the number of travel trailers retailed during the period equaled 50% of those delivered wholesale.

There were 5,670 fifth-wheels retailed and 8,400 units delivered wholesale during the first two months of this year, which means the number retailed equaled 68% of those delivered wholesale.

During the first two months of 2000, there were 6,002 fifth-wheels retailed and 11,000 units shipped wholesale, which means the number retailed equaled 55% of those shipped wholesale.

There were 2,754 folding campers sold retail during the first two months of this year and 7,100 units shipped wholesale, which means the number retailed equaled 39% of those delivered wholesale.

During the first two months of 2000, there were 2,913 folding campers retailed and 8,500 units shipped wholesale, which means the number retailed equaled 34% of those shipped wholesale.