The manufacturers of travel trailers and Class A motorhomes were quite busy in July.
Shipments in both categories were up more than 10% during the month, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Travel-trailer shipments from factories to dealers increased 12.3% in July to 13,700 units, compared with 12,200 in July 2002.
After the first seven months of this year, travel-trailer shipments were up 16.9% to 90,700 units, compared with 77,600 in the first seven months of 2002.
Class A shipments were 20% higher in July at 3,600 units, compared with 3,000 a year earlier. After the first seven months of the year, Class A shipments were up 3.1% to 23,400 units, compared with 22,700 a year earlier.
Fifth-wheel shipments were down and Class C motorhome deliveries were flat during July, the RVIA reports.
Fifth-wheel shipments were down 3.6% in July to 5,400 units, compared with 5,600 units delivered a year earlier. During the first seven months of this year, 38,000 fifth-wheels were delivered to dealerships, the same number that were shipped during the first seven months of 2002.
There were 1,400 Class C’s shipped in July, the same number delivered a year ago. After the first seven months of this year, Class C shipments were down 2.7% to 10,700 units, compared with 11,000 units shipped a year earlier.
Here is how the other product categories fared:
• Folding-camper deliveries fell 24.4% in July to 3,400 units, compared with 4,500 a year earlier. After the first seven months of this year, folding-camper shipments were down 23.2% to 22,500 units, compared with 29,300 units a year earlier.
• Truck camper shipments declined 12.5% in July to 700 units, compared with 800 a year earlier. After the first seven months of this year, truck camper shipments were down 14.5% to 5,300 units, compared with 6,200 units shipped a year earlier.
• Class B motorhome deliveries plunged 50% in July to 100 units, compared with 200 units shipped a year earlier. After the first seven months of this year, Class B shipments were down 29.4% to 1,200 units, compared with 1,700 a year earlier.