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Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. reports its shipments of folding campers, including Coleman-brand units, plunged 28% during the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2003, which ended on April 27.
However, Fleetwood’s declining folding-camper shipments is indicative of an industrywide trend. During the first five months of this year, the most current data available, folding-camper shipments fell 24% to 15,800 units, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Meanwhile, Fleetwood reported earlier this week that it shipped a total of 3,556 folding campers to its dealers during the February-through-April period, compared with 4,965 units shipped in the same period a year earlier.
During the 12 months ended April 27, Fleetwood shipped 17,118 folding campers, a 5% decline when compared with the 17,946 units it shipped in fiscal 2002.
Meanwhile, Fleetwood’s motorhome shipments were essentially flat for the February-through-April period while its travel-trailer and fifth-wheel shipments increased 4%.
Fleetwood shipped 2,657 motorhomes to its dealers during the three months ended April 27, compared with 2,647 units shipped in the same period a year earlier.
For all of fiscal 2003, Fleetwood shipped 9,935 motorhomes, a 19% increase over the 8,366 motorhome shipments it delivered to its dealers in fiscal 2002.
The company also shipped 8,236 travel trailers and fifth-wheels to its dealers in the February-through-April period, compared with 7,921 units delivered a year earlier.
In the 12 months ended April 27, Fleetwood shipped 30,016 travel trailers and fifth-wheels, a 10% increase over the 27,263 units it delivered to its dealers a year earlier.