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A strong case now can be made that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks had no impact on the wholesale market for RVs, according to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

As has been the case for almost all of this year, RV shipments were down this year when compared with corresponding periods of last year.

However, the declines in shipments in October, with a few exceptions, were smaller than they were during the first nine months of this year.

Here are the details of the RVIA’s October shipments report:

Travel trailer shipments declined 8.5% in October to 7,500 units. After the first 10 months of this year, travel trailer shipments were down 11.8% to 90,800 units.

Fifth-wheel shipments declined 9.3% in October to 4,900 units. After the first 10 months of this year, fifth-wheel deliveries were down 13.6% to 47,700 units.

Folding camper deliveries declined 17.1% in October to 2,900 units. After the first 10 months of this year, folding camper shipments were down 21.2% to 36,100 units.

Class A motorhome shipments declined 6.5% in October to 2,900 units. After the first 10 months of this year, Class A deliveries were down 21.5% to 28,100 units.

Class C motorhome shipments plunged 42.9% in October to 800 units. After the first 10 months of this year, Class C deliveries were down 23% to 11,400 units.

There were 800 truck campers shipped to dealers in October, the same as during October 2000. After the first 10 months of this year, truck camper shipments were down 11.2% to 8,700 units.

There were 200 Class B motorhomes delivered to dealers in October, the same as a year earlier. After the first 10 months of this year, Class B shipments were down 26.7% to 2,200 units.