Excess inventories of Class A and Class C motorhomes accumulated on dealership lots earlier this year, but it now appears they have been sold to retail buyers and dealer inventories of new motorhomes are in balance, an evaluation of wholesale shipments and retail sales data reveals.
For example, in the case of Class A’s, there were 23,400 units shipped in the first seven months of this year, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). A total of 23,854 Class A’s were sold at retail in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data.
The spread between retail sales and wholesale shipments actually is larger than the numbers reported because the RVIA figures include units reported by its members, including those shipped to dealers in all 50 states, Canada and other foreign destinations.
The data from Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, only includes units retailed in 48 states and no foreign destinations. The Statistical Surveys figures do not include retail sales from New Hampshire or Hawaii.
In the case of Class C’s, the RVIA reports 10,700 units were shipped during the first seven months of this year while 10,748 were sold by dealers in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data.
And the balance between retail and wholesale continued in July. There were 3,600 Class A’s shipped in July and 3,546 sold in the 48 states. There also were 1,400 Class C’s shipped and 1,653 sold in the 48 states in July.