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Van conversion shipments from manufacturers to auto dealers were slightly lower in October, when compared with October 2001, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Van conversion deliveries were down 2.4% in October to 4,000 units, compared with 4,100 units delivered a year earlier.
However, after the first 10 months of this year, van conversion shipments were up 6.3% to 40,600 units, compared with 38,200 units delivered in the first 10 months of 2001.
Meanwhile, shipments of converted pickups and sport utility vehicle conversions (SUVs) were up sharply in October, when compared with the same month a year earlier, when delivery volume was unusually low because of worries about the market impact of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Converted pickup deliveries were up 116.7% in October to 1,300 units, compared with 600 units shipped a year earlier.
After the first 10 months of this year, there were 13,300 converted pickups shipped to dealers, the same number shipped in the same portion of 2001.
In the case of converted SUVs, October shipments were up 33.3% to 400 units, compared with 300 units delivered a year earlier.
After the first 10 months of this year, there were 3,900 converted SUVs delivered to dealers, the same number that was shipped in the same portion of 2001.