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In sharp contrast to recent trends in the recreational vehicle market, November wholesale shipments showed a double-digit drop in towable deliveries while the motorhome sector improved from a year ago.
Travel trailers fell sharply for the month, reflecting a disparity in year-over-year comparisons due to hurricane-related shipments in last year’s fourth quarter. The segment dropped 38.7% in November with 11,700 units shipped versus 19,100 in the previous year. For the first 11 months, however, travel trailer deliveries remained ahead of 2006, up 6.8% to 192,400 units compared with 180,100.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall shipments declined 23.6% to 23,300 units in November compared to 30,500 a year ago. For the first 11 months, wholesale deliveries gained 3.4% from the previous year with 367,300 units shipped versus 355,300.
The Class A market showed its first increase in nearly two years as November deliveries jumped 13% to 2,600 units from 2,300 in 2006. Year-to-date, motorized shipments were down 14.3% with 30,000 units shipped compared to 35,000 the year prior.
Other highlights from the report include:
• Overall November towable shipments were down 28% to 19,300 units while the motorized sector gained 8.1% to 4,000 units. For the first 11 months, towable deliveries were up 5.8% with 315,500 units shipped versus 298,200 last year and overall motorized shipments fell 9.3% to 51,800 units from 57,100.
• For the month, Class C shipments were down 100 units to 1,100 and year-to-date the sector contracted 3% with 19,100 units delivered.
• November fifth-wheel shipments were flat with 5,500 units shipped and fell 5.3% for the first 11 months with 83,600 units compared with 79,400 the previous year.
• November folding camping trailer shipments gained 100 units to 1,600 while the market was up 4.9% year-to-date with 31,900 units shipped.
• For the month, truck camper shipments were down 200 units to 500 and fell 8.4% for the first 11 months to 7,600 units.
• Class B November shipments gained 100 units to 300 and rose 300 units year-to-date to 2,700.
• The conversion market declined 21.7% for the month with 1,800 units shipped and dropped 25% year-to-date to 24,600 units.