Towable shipments increased 5.5% in October while motorhomes were down 9.8%, including a 16.7% drop in Class C deliveries, according to the latest wholesale shipment report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Overall, RV shipments posted a 2.3% gain for the month to 30,600 units compared with 29,900 in 2003 and were up 15.9% year to date at 320,000 units.
The travel-trailer segment had a strong October, showing a 17.2% increase with 14,300 units delivered to dealer lots compared to 12,200 last year.
Other highlights include:
* Fifth-wheel trailer shipments dropped 1.3% to 7,500 units compared to 7,600 in 2003. For the year, manufacturers have shipped 79,400 units, representing a 24.5% increase over last year.
* Class A motorhome shipments for the ten months totaled 39,400 units, up 14.5% over last year. For October, shipments were down 7.3% to 3,800 units compared to 4,100 in 2003.
* Minimotorhome shipments totaled 1,500 for October compared to 1,800 last year and are up 29.3% for the year at 20,300 units.
* For the 10 months, 140,000 travel trailers were shipped, an increase of 14.9% over last year’s total of 121,800 units.
* Camping-trailer shipments declined 18.8% to 2,600 units in October and are down 1.6% year to date at 30,500 units.
* Truck-camper shipments dropped 12.5% for the month with 700 units shipped and are up 9.2% through October at 8,300 units.
*Van Camper shipments for September equaled last year’s totals at 200 units and are up 16.7% for the year.
* Conversion vehicles dropped 30.2% for the month and are down 28.5% for the first 10 months of 2004, with 35,700 units shipped. Conversion vans were off 24% for October and 30.3% year to date with 23,500 units shipped compared to 33,700 in 2003.