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Combined motorhome and towable shipments from factories to dealers were down 12.4% in July, according to data compiled by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Motorhomes were the hardest hit, declining 30.2% to 3,700 units delivered, compared with 5,300 units shipped during July 1999.

Class A motorhomes were down 32.4% in July to 2,500 units shipped.

During the first seven months of this year, deliveries of all categories of motorhomes were down 8.2% to 39,000 units. Class A shipments were down 9% to 26,200 units.

Meanwhile, towable shipments were down 7.8% in July to 19,000 units.

However, during the first seven months of this year, towable shipments were up 2.7% to 157,800 units.

Fifth-wheels were the brightest light among the towable categories, increasing 4.9% in July to 4,300 units shipped. During the first seven months of this year, fifth-wheel deliveries were up 9.6% to 38,700 units.

Travel trailer shipments declined 3% in July to 9,700 units, but travel trailer deliveries were up 6.2% during the first seven months of this year to 77,400 units.

Heading in the opposite direction were folding campers, which declined 26.3% in July to 4,200 units shipped. After the first seven months of this year, folding camper deliveries were down 10.4% to 34,400 units.

July retail sales data will become available in early October.