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May wholesale shipments continued to reflect production corrections by manufacturers as motorhome deliveries declined 8.3% from 2004 while towables remained relatively flat with a 2.3% drop.
According to data from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), total RV shipments in May were down 3.4% to 31,500 units compared to last year, but the industry maintained a 1.2% increase through the first five months with 163,200 units shipped.
For the second straight month, travel trailer shipments represented the lone product category to post gains over last year, fueled, in part, by continued demand in the entry-level sector. For the month, travel trailer deliveries were up 2.8% to 14,800 units while the sector enjoyed an 11% gain year-to-date with 77,500 units shipped compared to 69,800 in 2004.
Shipments of Class A motorhomes declined 11.4% in May to 3,100 units, reflecting ongoing production cutbacks by manufacturers to further reduce inflated inventory levels.
Other highlights include:
* Overall motorhome shipments totaled 5,500 units in May compared to 6,000 in 2004 while deliveries fell 12.6% for the first five months to 27,800 units versus 31,800.
* May Class A shipments declined to 3,100 units from 3,500 the previous year and were down 14.5% year-to-date with 17,100 units delivered compared to 20,000.
* Fifth-wheel shipments dropped 7.8% in May to 7,100 units , but remained flat for the first five months, down just 0.5% to 38,600 units.
* May Class C shipments were down 100 units to 2,200 deliveries while the sector is 11.1% behind last year’s pace with 9,600 units shipped compared to 10,800.
* Folding camping trailers declined 2.9% for the month with 3,300 units shipped while 800 truck campers were delivered compared to 1,100 last year.
* Class B van campers equaled last year’s total with 200 units shipped in May.
* Overall conversion shipments dropped 33.3% for the month and remained 17.3% behind last year for the first five months with 16,300 units shipped. Van conversions were down 40% in May to 1,800 units while year-to-date totals showed a 25.8% decline.