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Continued strength in July travel trailer shipments outweighed another double-digit drop in the motorized sector, resulting in a 4.8% increase in wholesale deliveries over last year.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that 30,500 units were shipped to dealers’ lots in July compared with 29,100 a year ago. Through the first seven months, total RV shipments rose 13.1% to 255,500 units from 225,900 in 2005.
For the 12th straight month, overall towable shipments outpaced last year, growing 8.6% in July to 26,500 units from 24,400. Year-to-date towable shipments were up 18.2% to 221,800 units compared with 187,600 in 2005.
Travel trailers again drove the towable segment, up 15.1% in July to 16,000 units from 13,900 the previous year. For the first seven months, travel trailer shipments gained 27.1% over 2005 with 136,400 units delivered versus 107,300.
Strength in the towable wholesale sector, however, is not supported by retail sales. According to data from Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Surveys Inc., June towable and travel trailer retail registrations were down from last year.
July Class A motorhome wholesale deliveries decreased 22.2% to 2,100 units from 2,700 last year. Year-to-date, Class A shipments decreased 18% with 19,100 units delivered compared with 23,300 in 2005.
Other highlights include:
• Overall motorhome shipments in July fell 14.9% to 4,000 units from 4,700 last year while deliveries for the first seven months declined 12% to 33,700 units from 38,300.
• July fifth-wheel shipments rose 3% to 6,800 units from 6,600 last year. Year-to-date, the sector was up 8.3% to 57,300 units compared with 52,900 the previous year.
• Class C deliveries decreased 5.6% to 1,700 units in July and slipped 4.4% to 12,900 units for the first seven months.
• July folding camping trailer shipments were down 6.3% to 3,000 units with a 5% gain year-to-date to 22,900 units.
• For the month, truck camper shipments were flat at 700 units and fell 7.1% for the first seven months to 5,200 units.
• The Class B sector was flat at 200 units in July and rose 200 units year-to-date to 1,700.
• The conversion market improved 16.7% for the month with 3,500 units shipped. For the first seven months, the sector was down 14.7%, with 13,900 units delivered compared to 16,300 last year.