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Spurred by a healthy towable market, January RV wholesale shipments eclipsed 2005 totals by 6,000 units representing a 20.8% gain, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Travel trailer deliveries improved by 5,000 units to 18,900 for the month – a 36% gain – while fifth-wheel shipments were up 11.8% and folding camping trailers increased 22.2%.
RVIA noted that the figures did not include stripped-down Emergency Living Units (ELUs) built specifically by OEMs for the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) without holding tanks. RVIA reported that 10,293 ELUs were shipped in January.
The strength of the towable sector offset continued softness in the Class A market, as January shipments declined 21.9% to 2,500 units from 3,200 a year ago.
Other highlights from the report include:
• Overall January shipments totaled 34,800 units compared with 28,800 in 2005.
January fifth-wheel deliveries rose to 7,600 units from 6,800 the previous year.
• January fold-down shipments totaled 3,300 versus 2,700 in 2005.
• Truck camper shipments were flat in January with 700 units delivered.
• January Class C deliveries were up 23.1% to 1,600 units compared with 1,300 units last year.
• The Class B sector was flat in January with 200 units delivered.
• The conversion market declined 24.2% in January, including a 15% drop in van conversions to 1,700 units.