Shipments of the major RV product categories grew by modest amounts in September, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Factory-to-dealer shipments of travel trailers increased 2.6%, fifth-wheel deliveries were up 3.4% and Class A motorhome shipments increased 2.7% for the month.
Meanwhile, Class C motorhome shipments were flat and deliveries of the other products types were down in September, the RVIA reports.
Here is how the product categories performed in September and when the first nine months of this year are compared with the same portion of 2002:
• A total of 11,700 travel trailers were shipped in September, versus 11,400 units in September 2002. Year-to-date, travel-trailer shipments were up 13% to 115,300 units, compared with 102,000 units for the same period a year earlier.
• A total of 6,100 fifth-wheels were shipped in September, versus 5,900 in September 2002. Year-to-date, fifth-wheel deliveries were up 1.2% to 50,500 units, versus 49,900 a year earlier.
• A total of 3,800 Class A’s were shipped in September, compared to 3,700 a year earlier. Year-to-date, Class A shipments were up 2.4% to 30,300 units, compared with 29,600 last year.
• A total of 1,700 Class C’s were delivered in September, the same number as in September 2002. Year-to-date, Class C shipments were down 2.8% to 13,900 units, versus 14,300 a year earlier.
• Folding-camper shipments declined 12.9% in September to 2,700 units, compared with 3,100 last year. Year-to-date, folding-camper shipments were down 23.2% to 27,800 units, compared with 36,200 in the same period a year earlier.
• Truck camper deliveries declined 12.5% in September to 700 units, compared with 800 in September 2002. Year-to-date, truck camper shipments were down 13.9% to 6,800 units, versus 7,900 a year earlier.
• Class B motorhome deliveries declined 33.3% in September to 200 units, compared with 300 a year earlier. Year-to-date, Class B deliveries were down 27.3% to 1,600 units, compared with 2,200 a year earlier.
Meanwhile, shipments of all towables were up 2.2% in the first nine months of 2003 to 200,400 units, while total motorhome deliveries were down 0.7% to 45,800 units.
When combined, shipments of all types of motorhomes and towable RVs were up 1.7% after the first nine month of this year to 246,200 units, the RVIA reports.