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July wholesale shipments continued to reflect the effects of a soft retail market as total deliveries dropped 9.9% from a year ago, dragged down by a 27% decline in Class A motorhome deliveries.
According to data from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall July shipments totaled 29,100 units compared with 32,300 deliveries last year. Cumulative totals for the first seven months showed a 1.2% decline with 225,900 units shipped versus 228,600 in 2004.
The only product category – towable or motorized – to show an improvement in July was folding camping trailers. Pop-ups, which have suffered in the marketplace for the past two years, were up 10.3% from 2004 with 3,200 units shipped.
July motorized shipments were down 19% to 4,700 units from 5,800 last year while towable wholesale numbers dropped 7.9% with 24,400 units shipped compared to 26,500.
Other highlights include:
• Class A deliveries totaled 2,700 units in July, down from 3,700 in 2004. For the first seven months, Class A shipments declined 16.2% to 23,300 units from 27,800 last year.
• Class C shipments dropped 5.3% in July to 1,800 units and were down 10% for the first seven months with 13,500 units delivered compared to 15,000 in 2004.
• July travel trailer shipments fell 5.4% to 13,900 units from 14,700 in 2004. Year-to-date travel trailer shipments were 7.1% ahead of last year with 107,300 units delivered compared with 100,200 in 2004.
• Shipments of fifth-wheels declined 18.5% in July to 6,600 units versus 8,100 a year ago. For the first seven months, fifth-wheel deliveries fell 4.7% to 52,900 units from 55,500 last year.
• Deliveries of folding camping trailers through July were down 3.5% to 21,800 units.
• Truck camper shipments dropped 100 units for the month to 700 units while Class B motorhomes equaled last year’s monthly totals with 200 units shipped.
• Overall conversion shipments declined 3.1% in July and 16% year-to-date. Van conversion deliveries totaled 1,700 units for the month, down from 2,000 in 2004, and dropped 24.7% to 13,100 units for the first seven months.