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Motorhome sales fell 16% last November from 2004, dragged down by a 19.1% decline in the Class A sector, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
The Class A market continued a more than year-long retail dropoff, as the sector first began to show signs of softening in August of 2004. During 2005, February was the lone month registering a gain over the previous year with most monthly reports showing double-digit declines.
For November, overall motorhome retail registrations totaled 3,259 units compared to 3,881 in 2004. Motorhome sales during the first 11 months were down 9% to 53,045 units from 58,286.
November Class A motorhome sales fell to 2,301 units from 2,845 the previous year while the market dropped 12.4% year-to-date with 34,477 registrations compared with 39,341. Class A diesel registrations decreased 18% in November while gas sales dropped 20%.
Class C motorhome registrations fell 7.5% in November with 958 units sold versus 1,036 in 2004. For the first 11 months, Class C sales totaled 18,568 units, down 2% from 18,945 the year prior.
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Surveys noted that information was incomplete for the state of Delaware in November and Oklahoma has not reported since May.