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Factory-to-dealer shipments of both motorhomes and towables increased by more than 40% in October, a remarkable achievement despite the fact that October 2001 was a soft month because it followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by only a few weeks.
The biggest increases were reported by the manufacturers of travel trailers and Class C motorhomes, according to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Travel trailer deliveries to dealers increased 64% in October to 12,300 units, compared with 7,500 units delivered in October 2001, the RVIA reported.
After the first 10 months of this year, travel-trailer shipments were up 25.9% to 114,300 units, compared with 90,800 units delivered in the first 10 months of 2001.
In the case of Class C’s, shipments increased 87.5% in October to 1,500 units, compared with 800 units delivered a year earlier.
After the first 10 months of this year, Class C deliveries were up 38.6% to 15,800 units, versus 11,400 units shipped in the same period a year earlier.
Here are the shipments figures for the other product categories:
• Fifth-wheel shipments increased 34.7% in October to 6,600 units, versus 4,900 units delivered a year earlier.
• After the first 10 months of this year, fifth-wheel deliveries were up 18.4% to 56,500 units, versus 47,700 units shipped a year earlier.
• Class A motorhome shipments climbed 31% higher in October to 3,800 units, compared with 2,900 units delivered a year earlier.
• After the first 10 months of this year, Class A motorhome deliveries were up 18.9% to 33,400 units, compared with 28,100 units shipped a year earlier.
• Folding camper deliveries increased 20.7% in October to 3,500 units, compared with 2,900 units delivered a year earlier.
• After the first 10 months of this year, folding-camper shipments were up 10% to 39,700 units, versus 36,100 units delivered a year ago.
• Truck camper shipments increased 12.5% in October to 900 units, compared with 800 units delivered a year earlier.
• After the first 10 months of this year, truck camper deliveries were up 1.1% to 8,800 units, versus 8,700 units shipped a year earlier.
• Class B motorhome shipments were flat in October at 200 units, the same number shipped a year earlier.
• After the first 10 months of this year, Class B motorhome deliveries were up 9.1% to 2,400 units, versus 2,200 units shipped in the same period a year earlier.