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Factory-to-dealer shipments of National RV and Country Coach diesel engine Class A motorhomes increased 41% during the three months ended Sept. 30, according to National RV Holdings Inc., parent of the two operations.
A total of 297 National RV and Country Coach diesel pushers were shipped to dealers during the July-through-September period, compared with 211 delivered a year earlier.
Shipments of National RV gas engine Class A’s also increased 38% during the third quarter to 321 units, compared with 232 units delivered to dealers during the July-through-September portion of 2002.
Meanwhile, shipments of National RV towables declined 7% during the third quarter to 355 units, compared with 383 units delivered a year earlier.
The dealer demand for National RV and Country Coach diesels improved dramatically during the third. This is indicated by the fact shipments of National RV and Country Coach diesels actually declined 2% during the first nine months of this year to 752 units, compared with 765 units delivered during the same portion of last year.
However, shipments of National RV gas Class A’s were up 26% after the first nine months of this year to 946 units, compared with 752 units shipped during the same portion of 2002.
Shipments of National RV towables were down 4% after the first nine months of this year to 1,220 units, compared with 1,266 units shipped a year earlier.
Brad Albrechtsen, National RV Holdings’ president and CEO, said today (Oct. 28) that the company is “currently seeing demand in excess of our production rates on many of our products” and that the firm is “working toward increasing production, particularly at our Perris (Calif.) facility.”
However, Albrechtsen added, “We know from experience the costs associated with attempting to increase production too quickly and are taking a more measured and deliberate approach to meeting the demand.”
National RV Holdings reduced its finished goods, work-in-progress, raw materials and chassis inventories by a total of $1.3 million during the third quarter, added Mark Andersen, CFO.