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This year got off to a good start as far as RV manufacturers are concerned with wholesale shipments, in almost all cases, being up sharply in January, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Motorhomes, in particular, showed signs of a rebound after a sluggish second half of 2000 and a weak 2001.
For example, Class A motorhome shipments soared 20.8% in January to 2,900 units, compared with 2,400 units shipped from manufacturers to dealers in January 2001.
However, Class A shipments this past January remained below the levels of January 2000 and 1999. In January 2000, there were 4,500 Class A’s shipped and 3,900 Class A’s were delivered to dealers during January 1999, according to the RVIA.
Meanwhile, Class C motorhome shipments increased 33.3% in January to 1,200 units. During January 2001, there were 900 Class C’s shipped, while in January 2000 and 1999 there were 1,300 and 1,100 units delivered, respectively.
In towables, travel trailer shipments increased 6.6% in January to 8,100 units. During January 2001, there were 7,600 travel trailers delivered to dealers and the travel trailer shipments totals were 10,300 units in January 2000 and 7,800 units during January 1999.
Meanwhile, fifth-wheel shipments climbed 15% in January to 4,600 units. During January 2001, there were 4,000 fifth-wheels delivered to dealers and fifth-wheel shipments totals were 5,400 units in January 2000 and 4,300 units in January 1999.
Folding campers were the only product type not to record an increase in January, according to the RVIA. There were 3,400 folding campers shipped to dealers last January, the same number of units that were delivered during January 2001. In January 2000, there were 4,100 folding campers delivered to dealers and the shipments total was 4,200 units during January 1999.