Towable shipments remained relatively flat in April while motorhome deliveries dropped off sharply, declining 23.3% for the month compared with 2004.
According to the report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall shipments were down 6.8% during April with 35,400 units delivered versus 38,000 last year. Year-to-date, total shipments showed a 2.4% increase to 131,700 units from 128,600 in 2004.
The decline in motorized shipments, reflecting a cutback in production by manufacturers, marked the fourth straight down month for the sector. Last year’s unusually torrid market also factored into the drop, as motorhome shipments increased 32.1% and towables were up 28.4% in April 2004.
Travel trailers were the only segment showing an improvement in April over last year, increasing 3% to 16,900 units shipped. Overall towable deliveries were down 2.9% for the month with 29,800 units shipped and showed a 6.4% gain year-to-date to 109,400 units.
Other highlights include:
*Overall motorhome shipments totaled 5,600 units for the month compared with 7,300 last year and were down 13.6% for the first four months with 22,300 shipped.
* April Class A motorhome shipments dropped 27.9% to 3,100 units versus 4,300 in 2004. For the first four months, 14,000 units were shipped compared with 16,500 last year.
* Class C deliveries declined 17.9% in April to 2,300 units from 2,800 in 2004 while cumulative numbers through April reflected a 12.9% dip with 7,400 minimotorhomes delivered.
* Travel trailer shipments were up 13.2% for the first four months with 62,700 units delivered compared with 55,400 last year.
* Fifth-wheel shipments fell 4.4% for the month to 8,600 units, but were up 1.3% year-to-date with 31,500 units shipped versus 31,100 in 2004.
* Shipments of folding camping trailers were down 20.9% to 3,400 units in April while deliveries declined 8.5% for the first four months to 11,900 units.
* Truck camper shipments dropped 10% for the month to 900 units while Class B motorhomes equaled last year’s total with 200 units shipped.
* Conversion vans fell 25.9% to 2,000 units for April and were down 21.6% for the first four months. Overall conversion shipments declined 14.6% for the month and were off 12.5% year-to-date.