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The van-conversion wholesale market shrinkage continued and factory-to-dealer shipments of converted pickups and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) also declined in May, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Van-conversion shipments declined 12.2% in May to 3,600 units, compared with 4,100 units delivered to dealers in May 2002. After the first five months of this year, van-conversion shipments were down 12.7% to 20,700 units.
Meanwhile, converted pickup shipments fell 37.5% in May to 1,000 units, versus 1,600 units shipped a year earlier. However, after the first five months of this year, converted pickup shipments were up 5.3% to 7,900 units.
Shipments of converted SUVs also plunged 40% in May to 300 units, from 500 units a year earlier. In the first five months of this year, 2,400 converted SUVs were shipped to dealers, the same number that was shipped in the first five months of 2002.