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The wholesale market for towable RVs cooled in August, while the motorhome market appeared to be frigid, according to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Total motorhome shipments from factories to dealers were down 16.9% in August to 4,900 units, compared with 5,900 units shipped a year earlier, the Reston, Va.-based RVIA reported.

After the first eight months of this year, motorhome shipments were down 9.3% to 43,900 units, compared with 48,400 units shipped a year earlier.

Class A motorhome shipments were down 23.1% in August to 3,000 units, compared with 3,900 units shipped a year earlier. Year-to-date, Class A deliveries were down 10.7% to 29,200 units.

The wholesale market for motorhomes was down sharply in August because higher floorplan interest rates encouraged dealers to reduce the size of the motorized RV inventories, according to industry observers.

Meanwhile, total towable shipments were down a modest 1% in August to 20,100 units, compared with 20,300 units shipped a year earlier.

However, fifth-wheel shipments increased 6% in August to 5,300 units and travel trailer deliveries were up 1.1% to 9,500 units.

Folding camper deliveries declined 10.2% in August to 4,400 units, the RVIA reported.

After the first eight months of this year, total towable shipments were up 2.3% to 177,900 units, compared with 173,900 units shipped year earlier.

Fifth-wheel shipments were up 9.2%, year-to-date, to 44,000 units, and travel trailer deliveries were up 5.6% to 86,900 units.

Folding camper shipments, year-to-date, were down 10.4% to 38,800 units.