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A depressed economy and peak gas prices further impacted July motorized sales as registrations declined 51.9%, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Overall July motorized sales dropped to 2,099 units compared with 4,360 a year ago while year-to-date registrations retreated 35.1% to 20,120 units from 31,018.
Class A registrations continued to fall in July, down 57% with 1,135 units sold versus 2,639 the previous year. For the seven months, the segment decreased 38.5% to 11,598 units compared from 18,852 in 2007.
“The misery continues in the RV industry into July, and the Class A retail decline of 57% is the steepest monthly decline we have on record,” said Kathryn Thompson, analyst with Avondale Partners LLC.
The Class C market also suffered significant declines in July, dropping 44% to 964 units from 1,721 the year prior. For the seven months, Class C registrations were down 30% to 8,522 units compared with 12,166 in 2007.