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Retail sales of Class A motorhomes increased a modest 2.5% in May, when compared with May 2001, according to independent market research firm Statistical Surveys Inc.
However, retail sales of Class A’s may have exceeded wholesale shipments during May, a comparison of Statistical Surveys and Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) data reveals.
There were 3,029 Class A’s sold during May by dealers in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, a 2.5% increase over the 2,955 units retailed in the same 47 states during May 2001.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather May motorhome retail sales data from New Hampshire and Utah and it does not gather sales figures from Hawaii.
Meanwhile, the RVIA reported earlier this month that 3,100 Class A’s were shipped from manufacturers to dealers in May. Because there were 41 Class A’s retailed in New Hampshire during May of last year and 25 Class A’s were retailed in Utah during the same month, it is possible that retail sales of Class A’s exceeded wholesale deliveries during May of this year, had the New Hampshire and Utah figures been available.
Also, the RVIA rounds its shipments figures to the nearest one hundred, so the Class A shipments total for last May could have ranged from 3,050 to 3,149 units, depending on how the RVIA rounds its numbers.
During the first five months of this year, Statistical Surveys found that 15,001 Class A’s were retailed in the 47 states, a robust 10.5% increase over the 13,567 units retailed in the same 47 states during the same portion of 2001.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather motorhome sales data from New Hampshire during the first five months of this year and it was unable to collect April and May data from Utah in time for its report. There were 117 Class A’s retailed in New Hampshire during the first five months of last year and 53 units sold by Utah dealers in April and May of 2001.
In comparison, there were 16,000 Class A’s shipped by the manufacturers to dealers in all states during the first five months of this year.
Concerning Class C’s, there were 1,536 units retailed in the 47 states in May, a 12.1% increase over the 1,370 units retailed in the same states a year earlier, Statistical Surveys reports.
During the first five months of this year, Class C retail increased 11.8% in the 47 states to 6,129 units, compared with 5,478 units sold to consumers in the same states during the same portion of 2001.
Wholesale shipments of Class C’s totaled 1,800 units in May and 7,700 units during the first five months of this year, the RVIA reported earlier.
Statistical Surveys gathers its retail sales figures from state motor vehicle licensing agencies.
The RVIA gets its shipments figures from its members, who provide the data as a condition of membership.