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Overall wholesale deliveries declined 16.3% in September, pulled down by a 20% drop in travel trailer shipments, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
September shipments totaled 27,800 units compared to 33,200 the year prior. For the first nine months, wholesale deliveries were 8% ahead of last year’s pace with 316,100 units shipped versus 292,700.
September travel trailer shipments were impacted by a slowing retail market, along with disparity in year-over-year comparisons due to inflated numbers following Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005. The industry experienced a run on travel trailers at the retail level for use as emergency dwellings and manufacturers upped production to restock dealers’ lots.
For the month, travel trailer shipments fell to 14,000 units from 17,500 a year ago. Year-to-date, the market is 18% above 2005 with 167,400 units shipped compared with 141,900.
September Class A deliveries were down 17.6%, dropping to 2,800 units from 3,400 a year ago, while the sector retreated 17.7% for the first nine months to 24,700 units versus 30,000.
Other highlights from the report include:
• Overall September towable shipments were down 16.9% to 23,100 units while the motorized sector declined 13% to 4,700 units. For the first nine months, towable deliveries gained 11.9% with 272,700 units shipped versus 243,600 last year and overall motorized shipments fell 11.6% to 43,400 units from 49,100.
• For the month, Class C shipments dropped 100 units to 1,700 and year-to-date the sector contracted 2.9% with 16,600 units delivered.
• September fifth-wheel shipments declined 17.9% to 6,400 units from 7,800 in 2005. For the first nine months, the sector was up 4.1% to 71,400 units compared with 68,600 the previous year.
• September folding camping trailer shipments gained 100 units to 2,000 while the market was up 4.6% year-to-date with 27,400 units shipped.
• For the month, truck camper shipments were up 100 units to 700 and fell 5.8% for the first nine months to 6,500 units.
• Class B September shipments equaled 2005 with 200 units delivered and rose 100 units year-to-date to 2,100.
• The conversion market declined 33.3% for the month with 1,800 units shipped and was down 24.2% to 21,000 units year-to-date.