The average smaller RV dealer experienced a 48.4% increase in net profits during the first nine months of this year despite lower new RV unit sales revenue, according to consultant firm The Spader Companies.

The Spader firm defines smaller dealerships as having annual sales revenue below $5 million.

Meanwhile, larger dealerships, those with more than $5 million in annual revenue, experienced a 4.7% increase in net profits during the first nine months of this year on marginally higher new RV unit sales revenue.

The average smaller RV dealership earned $138,778 net during the first nine months of this year, compared with $93,543 earned during the same period a year earlier, the Spader firm reports.

Meanwhile, the average larger dealership earned $456,918 during the first three quarters of this year, compared with $436,346 earned during the first nine months of 2000.

At smaller dealerships, new RV unit sales revenue declined 7.1% year-to-date through Sept. 30 to $1,745,389, the Spader firm reports.

As of Sept. 30, new RV unit inventory at smaller dealers averaged, in dollar terms, $931,013. That amount was 4.6% lower than a year earlier.

At larger dealerships, new RV unit sales revenue increased 0.4% during the first nine months of this year to an average of $6,174,360.

New RV unit inventory averaged, in dollar terms, $2,635,147 at larger dealerships as of Sept. 30. That amount was 0.7% higher than was the case as of Sept. 30, 2000.