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Propelled by a 28.9% increase in travel-trailer shipments, deliveries of all types of towable RVs increased 13.3% in November compared with November 2002, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Meanwhile, motorhome shipments increased a modest 2.3% in November because of increases of 100 units each for Class A and Class C motorhomes, the RVIA reports.
In the case of travel trailers, 9,800 units were shipped in November, compared with 7,600 in November 2002.
After the first 11 months of 2003, travel-trailer shipments were up 13.3% to 138,100 units, compared with 121,900 units in the same portion of 2002.
Here is how the other towable products fared:
• Fifth-wheel shipments increased 2% in November to 5,200 units, compared with 5,100 a year earlier. After the first 11 months of 2003, fifth-wheel deliveries were up 1.5% to 62,500 units, compared with 61,600 a year earlier.
• Folding-camper deliveries declined 8% in November to 2,300 units, compared with 2,500 units a year earlier. During the first 11 months of 2003, folding-camper deliveries declined 21.1% to 33,300 units, compared with 42,200 in 2002.
• Truck camper delivers were unchanged in November at 600 units, the same number shipped in November 2002. After the first 11 months of 2003, truck camper shipments were down 12.8% to 8,200 units, compared with 9,400 units in 2002.
Class A motorhome shipments increased 3.2% in November to 3,200 units, compared with 3,100 units delivered a year earlier. After the first 11 months of 2003, Class A motorhome shipments were up 3% to 37,600 units, compared with 36,500 units shipped in 2002.
Class C motorhome deliveries increased 9.1% in November to 1,200 units, compared with 1,100 a year earlier. After the first 11 months of 2003, Class C deliveries were unchanged at 16,900 units, the same number delivered in the same portion of 2002.
Class B motorhome shipments declined 50% in November to 100 units, compared with 200 a year earlier. After the first 11 months of 2003, Class B deliveries were down 26.9% to 1,900 units, compared with 2,600 in 2002.