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Dealer orders for new RVs remained strong in November when compared with the relatively weak wholesale demand during November 2001, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Shipments of all major product categories were up over 13% in November and fifth-wheel deliveries were up almost 46% during the month, the RVIA reports.
Two small product categories, truck campers and Class B motorhomes, reported shipments last November that equaled the level of November 2001.
Here is how the product categories fared:
• Travel trailer factory-to-dealer shipments increased 38.2% in November to 7,600 units, compared with 5,500 units delivered a year earlier. During the first 11 months of 2002, travel trailer shipments increased 26.6% to 121,900 units.
• Fifth-wheel shipments increased 45.7% in November to 5,100 units, compared with 3,500 units delivered a year earlier. During the first 11 months of 2002, fifth-wheel shipments increased 20.3% to 61,600 units.
• Folding camper shipments increased 13.6% in November to 2,500 units, compared with 2,200 units delivered a year earlier. During the first 11 months of 2002, folding camper shipments increased 10.2% to 42,200 units.
• Class A motorhome shipments increased 29.2% in November to 3,100 units, compared with 2,400 units delivered a year earlier. During the first 11 months of 2002, Class A shipments increased 19.7% to 36,500 units.
• Class C motorhome shipments increased 22.2% in November to 1,100 units, compared with 900 units delivered a year earlier. During the first 11 months of 2002, Class C shipments increased 37.4% to 16,900 units.
Meanwhile, there were 600 truck camper units shipped in November, the same number as in November 2001. During the first 11 months of 2002, truck camper shipments increased 1.1% to 9,400 units.
In terms of Class B’s, there were 200 units shipped in November, the same number as in November 2001. During the first 11 months of 2002, Class B shipments increased 8.3% to 2,600 units.