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Retail sales of Class A diesel motorhomes increased 7% during February compared to 2004 while Class A gas sales declined 2%, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Diesel platforms also accounted for 45% of all Class A February sales, up from 43% last year, with 1,434 diesel units and 1,737 gas units sold.
The data offers further support that the diesel sector, boosted by increased chassis offerings and a lessening gap between gas and diesel price points, is gaining ground on the gas market.
“I’ve been predicting for two years that the industry will get to 50% (diesel),” John Nepute, president of Monaco Coach Corp., Coburg, Ore., recently told RV Business. “If you look at the carrying capacities of gas and diesel Class A’s, particularly with slideouts, diesels are a more natural platform on which to build a Class A product. They are just heavier duty.”
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), diesel coaches represented 48% of all Class A shipments during 2004.