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Fifth-wheel shipments rose 22.4% in September while most sectors held steady or posted modest gains for the month compared to 2003, according to the latest wholesale shipment report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Overall, RV shipments were up 17.5% for the first nine months of 2004 to 289,400 units and showed a 5.6% increase to 28,400 units for September compared to 26,900 units in 2003.
For the year, towable shipments increased 16.3% to 233,100 units while motorhomes are up 22.9% with 56,300 units.
Other highlights include:
* Fifth-wheel trailer shipments increased 22.4% in September to 8,200 units compared to 6,700 in 2003. For the year, manufacturers have shipped 71,900 units to dealers, a 27.9% increase over last year.
* Class A motorhome shipments for the nine months totaled 35,600, up 17.5% over last year, with 4,000 of those units delivered in September, representing a 5.3% increase over September 2003.
* Minimotorhome shipments totaled 1,800 for September and are up 35.3% for the year with 18,800 units.
* There were 11,100 wholesale travel-trailer shipments in September, equaling 2003’s total, and up 14.7% year to date.
* Camping-trailer shipments declined 14.3% to 2,300 units in September and are down 0.4% year to date at 27,900 units.
* Truck-camper shipments rose 14.3% for the month and are up 11.8% year to date at 7,600 units.
* Van Camper shipments for September equaled last year’s totals at 200 units and are up 18.8% for the year.