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Motorized sales dipped 6% in October as Class A registrations were down a modest 6.5% after posting double-digit declines during five of the previous six months, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
One factor aiding year-to-year comparisons is that October 2004 marked the onset of a softening in the motorhome retail sector. Builders were slow to react to the downturn last year, which was reflected in a nearly 22% decline in motorized wholesale shipments for October.
Overall motorhome retail sales totaled 4,127 units in October versus 4,389 a year ago and were down 7.7% for the first 10 months to 50,206 retail registrations from 54,405.
October Class A sales fell to 2,989 units from 3,196 in 2004, impacted by a 23% plunge in diesel registrations. However, sales of gas-powered A-bodies showed improvement for the first time since February, increasing 8% for the month.
Year-to-date the Class A sector was 10.6% behind last year with 32,630 units sold compared to 36,496.
Class C retail registrations fell 4.6% in October with 1,138 units sold versus 1,193 in 2004. For the first 10 months, Class C sales were relatively flat, down just 1.9% to 17,576 units from 17,909 a year ago.
Statistical Surveys noted that information was incomplete for Delaware, Maine and Minnesota, and that the state of Oklahoma had not reported registrations since June.