Towable shipments were up 6.3% but Class A motorhome deliveries declined 15.4% during May, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
With interest rates now as high as they have been since 1991, high dealer floorplan finance costs are generally believed to be the reason for the decline in orders of Class A’s by dealers.
There were 3,300 Class A’s shipped to dealers in May, compared with 3,900 Class A units delivered during May 1999.
After the first five months of this year, Class A deliveries were down 3.3% to 20,400 units.
Class C motorhome shipments also declined 5.9% in May to 1,600 units. After the first five months of this year, Class C shipments were down 1.2% to 8,200 units.
However, 2000 is shaping up to be another exceptionally strong year for travel trailers and fifth-wheels.
Travel trailer shipments increased 7.4% in May to 11,600 units and were up 9.7% during the first five months of this year to 56,800 units.
Fifth-wheel deliveries increased 5.6% in May to 5,700 units and were up 13.1% during the first five months of this year to 29,300 units.
Folding camper shipments also increased 2% in May to 5,200 units but were down 7.2% during the first five months of this year to 25,700 units.