Class C motorhome shipments continued their brisk pace in August, marking a 33.3% increase for the month and a nearly 40% increase year to date compared to 2003, according to the most recent wholesale shipment report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Overall, RV shipments were up 18.7% for the first eight months to 260,400 units compared to last year and showed a 16.1% increase to 31,800 units for August.
All towables, including camping trailers, recorded double-digit growth for the month while Class A deliveries rose a modest 3.2%. Fold-down shipments, up just 2% year to date, increased by 15.4% in August.
Other highlights include:
* Fifth-wheel trailer shipments increased 18.8% in August to 8,200 units compared to 6,900 in August of 2003. For the year, manufacturers have shipped 63,700 fifth-wheels to dealers, a 28.7% increase.
* Class A motorhome shipments for the year totaled 31,000, up 17% over last year, while 3,200 units were delivered in August.
* Manufacturers shipped 3,000 folding camping trailers in August with 25,600 units delivered year to date.
* Minimotorhome shipments totaled 2,000 for August and 17,000 so far this year.
* Wholesale travel-trailer shipments were up 17.1% for the month over August 2003 to 14,400 units, and 16.3% for the year thus far, from 98,500 to 114,600.
* Conversion vehicles were down 33.3% for the month with 3,200 units shipped and were off 27.3% for the year with 29,500 units delivered.
* Truck-camper shipments broke even for the month and are up 11.5% year to date to 6,800 units delivered.