The new auto industry model year apparently gave a boost to the dealer demand for converted pickups in October, but deliveries of converted vans and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) was down that month, according to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Pickup conversion shipments increased 11.5% in October to 2,900 units but they were up only 0.7% during the first 10 months of the year to 30,700 units, the RVIA reported.
Meanwhile the dramatic shrinkage of the wholesale markets for converted vans and SUVs continued.
Van conversion shipments were down 28.2% in October to 5,600 units and deliveries during the first 10 months of this year were down 25.8% to 67,400 units.
SUV conversion shipments dropped 22.2% to 700 units in October and were down 45.5% during the first 10 months of this year to 6,100 units.