Protracted weakness in the Class A motorhome market – dating back to the last quarter of 2004 – continued to drag down motorized sales during March and the first quarter of 2006, according to Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Surveys Inc.
For the month, Class A retail registrations fell 22.3% to 2,983 units from 3,841 a year ago while first-quarter sales declined 23.3% to 8,022 units compared with 10,454. March Class A diesel sales were down 18% while Class A gas sales dropped off 27%.
Rising gas prices and higher interest rates further aggravated weakness in the Class A sector in the first quarter. Wholesale shipments also were impacted during the three-month period as the Recreation Vehicle industry Association (RVIA) reported Class A deliveries were down just over 20% from last year.
Overall motorhome retail sales dropped 18.3% in March to 4,747 units from 5,812 the previous year. For the first quarter, motorized sales totaled 12,202 units, down 18.8% from 15,036 units sold in 2005.
Class C sales dropped 10.5% in March with 1,764 units sold versus 1,971 last year while retail registrations during the first quarter dipped 8.8% to 4,180 units from 4,582 a year prior.
Statistical Surveys noted that data was incomplete for the state of Washington.