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Representing the sharpest year-over-year decline in 2008, October wholesale shipments were down 52.5% as all sectors registered over 40% drops.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall October shipments totaled 13,500 units compared with 28,400 a year ago. For the 10 months, deliveries fell 27.2% to 225,400 units from 309,500 the year prior.
The high-volume travel trailer market declined 47.9% in October with 7,400 units shipped versus 14,200 in 2007 while deliveries dropped 23.2% to 121,500 units from 158,200 year-to-date.
October Class A shipments were down over 60% for the third straight month as deliveries fell 63% to 1,000 units from 2,700 last year.
For the 10 months, the sector retreated 50.2% with 14,100 units delivered versus 28,300 in 2007.
Other highlights from the report include:
• Overall October towable shipments decreased 50% to 11,900 units from 23,800 the previous year and the motorized sector declined 65.2% to 1,600 units compared with 4,600. Year-to-date, towable deliveries dropped 24.1% to 198,500 units from 261,500 a year ago while the motorized wholesale sector declined 44% to 26,900 units versus 48,000.
• October Class C shipments declined 68.8% with 500 units delivered compared with 1,600 in 2007. Year-to-date the sector dropped 35.3% to 11,000 units from 17,000.
• For the month, fifth-wheel shipments fell 55.1% to 3,100 units compared with 6,900 in 2007. Year-to-date, the segment was down 23.6% with 54,200 units shipped compared with 70,900 the previous year.
• October Class B deliveries fell 200 units to 100 and dropped 900 units to 1,800 for the 10 months.
• October folding camping trailer shipments declined 42.9% to 1,200 units from 2,100 a year ago and were down 29.5% year-to-date with 18,200 units shipped versus 25,800.
• Truck camper shipments fell 400 units to 200 in October and declined 30.3% to 4,600 units from 6,600 for the 10 months.