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Retail sales of Class A and Class C motorhomes continued at a robust pace in March, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Retail sales of Class A’s increased 10.7% in March in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, to a total of 3,453 units. During March 2001, a total of 3,120 Class A’s were retailed in the same 48 states.
During March and the entire first quarter of this year, Statistical Surveys was unable to gather motorhome retail sales data from New Hampshire. Also, Statistical Surveys does not gather data from Hawaii.
During the entire first quarter, retail sales of Class A’s improved 15.2% in the 48 states to 8,613 units, compared with 7,476 units retailed during the first three months of 2001.
Meanwhile, retail sales of Class C motorhomes increased 18.7% in March in the 48 states to 1,463 units, compared with 1,233 units sold in the same 48 states during March 2001.
During the first quarter, Class C sales improved by 17.5% to 3,116 units, compared with 2,653 Class C’s retailed in the 48 states during the first three months of 2001.
Earlier this month, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that 3,800 Class A’s were shipped from manufacturers to dealers in March. That means only about 350 more Class A’s were shipped than were retailed in March.
During the first quarter, the RVIA reported 9,500 Class A’s were shipped, which means wholesale deliveries exceeded retail sales by only about 900 units.
For Class C’s, the RVIA reported 1,500 units were shipped during March, exceeding March retail sales by only about 40 units.
During the first quarter, the RVIA reported 3,900 Class C’s were shipped, only about 800 more than were retailed during the first three months of this year.