The ongoing strength of the towable market, led by a 40% surge in travel trailer shipments, helped offset losses in the motorized category in May as overall wholesale for the month rose 24.1%.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall May deliveries totaled 39,100 units compared to 31,500 a year ago. For the first five months, shipments rose 15% to 187,600, compared to 163,200 in 2005.
Travel trailers continued to stand out from the pack, with 20,700 units shipped in May, compared to 14,800 units shipped during the same period of 2006. For the first five months of 2006, travel trailers posted a 30.1% increase as 100,800 units shipped compared with 77,500 units the year before.
Also strong in the towable arena were fifth-wheels, which enjoyed a 26.8% increase in May to 9,000 units compared to 7,100 fivers for the same period last year. For the first five months, fifth-wheels rose 9.1% as 42,100 units shipped compared to 38,600 units last year.
For the month, Class A motorhome deliveries fell 9.7% to 2,800 units versus 3,100 in 2005. Year-to-date, the sector was down 18.1% with 14,000 units shipped compared with 17,100 a year ago.
Other highlights include:
• Overall towable shipments were up 20.5% for May and 30% for the first five months. Conversely, overall motorhome deliveries declined 3.6% for the month and 11.9% year-to-date.
• Class C deliveries rose 4.5% to 2,300 in May and slipped 3.1% to 24,500 units for the first five months.
• Folding camping trailer shipments slipped 3% to 3,200 units for the month with a 7.9% gain year-to-date to 16,400 units.
o May truck camper shipments rose 12.5% to 700 in May and fell 7.3% for the first five months to 3,800 units.
• The Class B sector was flat in May, holding steady at 200, while year-do-date Class B’s rose 9.1% to 1,200.
• The conversion market enjoyed a 16.7% boost in May with 3,500 units shipped compared to 3,000 during the same time last year. For the first five months of the year, however, conversions were down 14.7%, with 13,900 units shipped compared to 16,300 last year.