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Dealer inventories of Class A and Class C motorhomes remained tight as of the end of September, a comparison of industry data reveals.
Statistical Surveys Inc. reports 3,509 Class A’s were retailed during September in the 47 states from which it was able to gather data. The members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported shipping 3,700 units from their factories to dealers in September.
However, Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, was unable to gather motorhome retail sales figures from New Hampshire and South Carolina and it does not track sales in Hawaii, Canada and other foreign countries where RVIA members might ship units. Consequently, the gap between retail and wholesale sales in September was narrower than the data currently indicates.
Meanwhile, during the first nine months of this year, Statistical Surveys reports, 28,353 Class A’s were retailed and the RVIA reports 29,600 units were shipped wholesale.
The Statistical Surveys year-to-date totals do not include South Carolina’s August and September sales and it does not include any New Hampshire sales in the first nine months of this year.
There were 1,323 Class C’s retailed in the 47 states in September and RVIA members shipped 1,700 wholesale that month.
During the first nine months of this year, there were 12,521 Class C’s retailed in the 47 states and manufacturers reported shipping 14,300 units wholesale in the period.