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Manufactures are not just filling the pipeline with motorhomes because RV dealers are selling them at a robust pace. That conclusion is apparent from the Class A and Class C retail sales data for the first two months of this year gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc.
Retail sales of Class A’s climbed 18.7% in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data during February, the independent market research firm reported.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather motorhome retail sales figures from New Hampshire for January or February and it does not track RV sales in Hawaii.
A total of 2,730 Class A’s were sold by dealers in the 48 states in February, compared with 2,300 Class A units retailed during February 2001.
That means dealers sold almost every Class A they received from the factory in February. There were 2,800 Class A’s shipped from factories to dealers in February, a 7.7% increase from a year earlier, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
After the first two months of this year, retail sales of Class A’s were up 17.8% in the 48 states to 5,130 units, compared with 4,356 units retailed in the same 48 states during the first two months of last year.
In terms of shipments from factories to dealers, there were 5,700 Class A’s deliveried during the first two months of this year, a 14% increase from a year earlier, the RVIA reported.
The Class C motorhome retail market also continued in a strong recovery mode in February, increasing 17.5% to 908 units sold in the 48 states, compared with 773 units sold a year earlier.
Meanwhile, Class C deliveries to dealers increased 20% in February to 1,200 units, the RVIA reported.
After the first two months of this year, the Class C retail market was up 16.3% to 1,651 units, compared with 1,419 units sold during the first two months of 2001.
In terms of wholesale shipments, Class C deliveries to dealers increased 26.3% during the first two months of this year to 2,400 units, according to the RVIA.