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Although the number of RV units sold at retail in 2001 was lower than in 2000, retail prices increased last year and, for some product types, rather sharply, according to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Apparently fueled by the popularity of higher-priced diesel pushers, the average retail price of a Class A motorhome increased 11% in 2001, the RVIA reported.
Class A’s retailed for an average of $130,483 per unit during 2001, compared with $117,504 in 2000. As a result, Class A’s last year, on average, cost more than double the average retail price of $64,026 in 1992, according to RVIA figures.
Meanwhile, the next-highest increase was 9% for fifth-wheels, according to the RVIA data. Fifth-wheels retailed for an average of $25,838 in 2001, compared with $23,790 a year earlier.
The 10-year retail price increase for fifth-wheels was much more modest than for Class A’s. In 1992, a fifth-wheel retailed for an average of $19,276, according to the RVIA.
Retail prices for folding campers increased 5% last year to an average of $5,483 and travel trailer retail prices climbed 4% higher to an average of $15,336 in 2001, the RVIA reports.
Class C motorhomes were the only product category experiencing a retail price decrease in 2001. The average retail price for a Class C declined 0.5% last year to $56,474, compared with $56,769 in 2001, according to RVIA figures.