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Wholesale shipments of travel trailers, which swelled by almost 5,000 units in October from a year ago, boosted industry totals to a 4.9% increase for the month despite nearly 30% declines in the Class A motorhome and fifth-wheel sectors.
Travel trailer tallies did not include shipments of specialized units to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), which the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has classified as Emergency Life Units (ELU).
RVIA reported that 10,464 ELU trailers were delivered in October and also adjusted downward year-to-date totals to reflect 5,000 units shipped to FEMA in September for use as emergency housing.
Overall October shipments rose to 32,100 units from 30,600 last year while deliveries were up 1.5% for the first 10 months with 324,800 units shipped compared with 320,000.
The travel trailer sector increased 33.6% to 19,100 units for the month, up from 14,300 in 2004. Cumulative totals through October showed a 15% climb with 161,000 units delivered versus 140,000 last year.
October Class A motorhome shipments dropped 28.9% to 2,700 units from 3,800 a year ago and were down 17% for the first 10 months with 32,700 units shipped compared with 39,400.
Other highlights include:
• Overall motorhome shipments dropped 21.8% to 4,300 units in October compared with 5,500 last year and fell 13.6% for the first 10 months with 53,400 units delivered versus 61,800.
• October towable shipments were up 10.8% to 27,800 units versus 25,100 a year prior. Cumulative totals through October were 5.1% ahead of last year with 271,400 units shipped compared with 258,200.
• October fifth-wheel deliveries dropped 29.3% to 5,300 units from 7,500 a year ago. For the first 10 months, fifth-wheel shipments were down 6.9% with 73,900 units delivered versus 79,400 in 2004.
• October Class C motorhome shipments fell 6.7% with 1,400 units delivered from 1,500 last year. The segment was down 8.9% year-to-date with 18,500 units shipped compared with 20,300.
• October folding camping trailer shipments totaled 2,700 units, 100 more than last year. The sector was down 5.2% year-to-date with 28,900 units delivered.
• Truck camper shipments were flat at 700 units for the month and dropped 8.4% for the first 10 months with 7,600 units shipped.
• Class B deliveries were also flat for the month with 200 units shipped while year-to-date totals were 4.8% ahead of last year with 2,200 units shipped.
• Shipments of conversion vehicles dropped 6.7% in October to 2,800 units and were down 14.6% through the first 10 months.
• Conversion vans fell 10.5% for the month with 1,700 units shipped and declined 22.6% year-to-date to 18,200.