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Dealer inventories of new Class A and Class C motorhomes expanded during August, but the amount of inventory growth does not appear to be excessive.
There were 3,200 Class A’s shipped from manufactures to dealers during August, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), while there were 2,411 new Class A’s retailed in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys Inc. was able to gather August data.
However, Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, was unable to gather August Class A or Class C motorhome retail sales data from New Hampshire and South Carolina. During August 2001, New Hampshire and South Carolina dealers sold 68 units, so it is possible to assume that at least around 2,480 new Class A’s were retailed during August of this year.
Also, Statistical Surveys does not gather retail sales data from Hawaii, Canada and other foreign destinations were motorhomes might be shipped by the manufacturers, so the gap between wholesale and retail might be somewhat more narrow that the available figures indicate.
During the first eight months of this year, the RVIA’s members reported shipping 25,900 Class A’s to dealers while Statistical reports 24,248 new Class A’s were retailed by dealers in the 47 states from which it was able to gather data.
In the Class C market, there were 1,600 units shipped during August, according to the RVIA, while 1,266 units were retailed in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data. Since 21 Class C’s were sold by dealers in New Hampshire and South Carolina in August 2001, it can be assumed that Class C retail sales amounted to at least around 1,290 units this past August.
During the first eight months of this year, the RVIA’s members reported shipping 12,600 Class C’s, while 11,011 Class C’s were retailed in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data.