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Travel trailer and Class A motorhome shipments were marginally lower in August as dealers may have been drawing down their inventories in advance of the normally slow fourth quarter, an examination of Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) data reveals.
However, fifth-wheel shipments increased 6.7% in August after being lower in May and July, when compared with the same months a year earlier.
There were 6,400 fifth-wheels delivered from factories to dealerships in August, compared with 6,000 units shipped in August 2002, the RVIA reports.
Now, after the first eight months of this year, fifth-wheel shipments are up 0.9% to 44,400 units, compared with 44,000 units in the same portion of 2002, according to the RVIA.
Meanwhile, travel-trailer shipments declined 0.8% in August to 12,900 units, compared with 13,000 units shipped a year earlier.
After the first eight months of this year, travel-trailer shipments were up 14.3% to 103,600 units, compared with 90,600 units delivered during the same portion of last year.
In the case of Class A’s, deliveries declined 3.1% in August to 3,100 units, compared with 3,200 units shipped a year earlier.
After the first eight months of this year, Class A shipments were up 2.3% to 26,500 units, compared with 25,900 units delivered in the same portion of 2002.
Here is how the other product categories fared:
• Folding-camper shipments plunged 31.6% in August to 2,600 units, and, after the first eight months of this year, folding-camper deliveries were down 24.2% to 25,100 units.
• Class C motorhome shipments declined 6.3% in August to 1,500 units and, after the first eight months of this year, Class C deliveries were down 3.2% to 12,200 units.
• Truck-camper shipments declined 11.1% in August to 800 units, and, after the first eight months of this year, truck-camper deliveries were down 14.1% to 6,100 units.
• A total of 200 Class B motorhomes were shipped in August, the same number that was delivered in August 2002. After the first eight months of this year, Class B shipments were down 26.3% to 1,400 units.