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Although there is evidence the red-hot retail RV market cooled somewhat in August, the wholesale market remained robust in September, according to data released today (Nov. 5) by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
In fact, the rates of increase in the shipments of several major RV product types were larger in September, when compared with September 2001, than their year-to-year comparisons were earlier this year.
Here is the factory-to-dealer delivery data by product category:
• Travel-trailer shipments increased 39% in September to 11,400 units, compared with 8,200 units a year earlier. After the first nine months of this year, travel-trailer deliveries were up 22.4% to 102,000 units, compared with 83,300 units in the same period a year earlier.
• Fifth-wheel deliveries increased 20.4% in September to 5,900 units, compared with 4,900 units a year earlier. After the first nine months of this year, fifth-wheel deliveries were up 16.6% to 49,900 units, compared with 42,800 units in the first nine months of 2001.
• Class A motorhome shipments climbed 23.3% higher in September to 3,700 units, compared with 3,000 units a year earlier. After the first nine months of this year, Class A deliveries were up 17.5% to 29,600 units, compared with 25,200 units a year earlier.
• Folding-camper deliveries increased 10.7% in September to 3,100 units, compared with 2,800 units a year earlier. After the first nine months of this year, folding-camper shipments were up 9% to 36,200 units, compared with 33,200 units delivered a year earlier.
• Class C motorhome shipments soared 54.5% higher in September to 1,700 units, compared with 1,100 units a year earlier. After the first nine months of this year, Class C deliveries were up 34.9% to 14,300 units, compared with 10,600 units a year earlier.
• Class B motorhome deliveries also increased 50% in September to 300 units, compared with 200 units shipped a year earlier. After the first nine months of this year, Class B shipments were up 10% to 2,200 units, compared with 2,000 units a year earlier.
The lone exception was truck campers, which experienced flat deliveries in September, the RVIA reported. There were 800 truck campers shipped in September, the same number as a year earlier. After the first nine months of this year, there were 7,900 truck campers shipped, the same number delivered to dealers during the same period a year earlier.