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Continued efforts by manufacturers to correct an inventory imbalance at the retail level emerged in June’s wholesale shipment report, as total deliveries declined 4.3% to 33,600 units compared to 35,100 in 2004.
All motorized categories were behind last year’s pace, according to data supplied by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), highlighted by a 14.6% drop in Class A motorhome shipments.
On the towable side, travel trailers held steady while deliveries of fifth-wheels experienced a 10.5% decline with 7,700 units shipped versus 8,600 in 2004.
Cumulative numbers for the first six months showed overall shipments up 0.3% to 196,800 units from 196,300 last year.
Other highlights include:
• Class A deliveries totaled 3,500 units in June, down from 4,100 in 2004. For the first six months, Class A shipments declined 14.5% to 20,600 units from 24,100 last year.
• Class C shipments dropped 8.7% in June to 2,100 units and were down 10.7% for the first six months with 11,700 units delivered compared to 13,100 in 2004.
• Year-to-date travel trailer shipments were 9.2% ahead of last year with 93,400 units delivered compared with 85,500 in 2004.
• For the first six months, fifth-wheel shipments fell 2.3% to 46,300 units from 47,400 last year.
• June deliveries of folding camping trailers were up 3% to 3,400 units while truck campers equaled last year’s monthly totals with 800 units shipped.
• Van camper shipments were down 100 units in June and matched last year’s numbers for the first six months with 1,300 units delivered.
• Overall conversion shipments were down 20.6% in June and 17.7% year-to-date. Van conversion deliveries totaled 1,600 units for the month, down from 2,200 in 2004, and dropped 26% to 11,400 units for the first six months.