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Wholesale deliveries of towable RVs and motorhomes were down sharply in October, according to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Shipments of all towables were down 14.8% in October to 17,900 units and total motorhome deliveries declined 24.2% to 4,700 units.

However, due of a strong first half of this year, towable shipments were down a modest 1.5% during the first 10 months of this year to 213,700 units.

Meanwhile, the motorhome market has been soft since the first quarter, and it was down 12.4% after the first 10 months of this year to 53,600 units.

The wholesale market was strongest in October for Class C motorhomes and fifth-wheels. Class C shipments increased 7.7% to 1,400 units and fifth-wheel deliveries were down a modest 1.8% to 5,400 units.

After the first 10 months of this year, fifth-wheel shipments actually were up 7.6% to 55,200 units, but Class C deliveries were down 9.2% to 14,800 units.

The Class A motorhome market continued to experience difficulty in October, declining 32.6% to 3,100 units shipped. After the first 10 months of this year, Class A deliveries were down 14.8% to 35,800 units.

Travel trailer deliveries plunged 18.8% in October but remained flat after the first 10 months of this year. There were 8,200 travel trailers shipped during October. During the first 10 months of this year, 102,900 travel trailers were shipped to dealers, compared with 102,800 units delivered during the same portion of 1999.

Folding camper shipments also declined 20.5% in October to 3,500 units and were down 13.3% during the first 10 months of this year to 45,800 units.