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The rate of growth of shipments from RV manufacturers to dealers slowed dramatically during March, according to reports gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
In fact, Class A motorhomes and conventional & hybrid travel trailers were the only product types where shipments this past March exceeded wholesale deliveries during March 2001.
Class A motorhome deliveries were up 8.6% in March to 3,800 units and after the first quarter of this year, Class A shipments were up 11.8% to 9,500 units.
Meanwhile, conventional & hybrid travel trailer deliveries increased 2.8% in March to 10,900 units and shipments of conventional & hybrid travel trailers were up 9.1% during the first quarter to 27,700 units.
Shipments of all other RV product types either declined during March or equaled the shipments totals of March 2001. Here are the details:
• Fifth-wheel deliveries declined 1.8% in March to 5,500 units, but during the first quarter, fifth-wheel deliveries were up 7.9% to 15,100 units.
• Folding camper shipments declined 2.3% in March to 4,300 units and after the first quarter, folding camper deliveries were down 1.7% to 11,300 units.
• Truck camper deliveries declined 9.1% in March to 1,000 units, but after the first quarter, truck camper shipments were up 8.3% to 2,600 units.
• Class B motorhome shipments totaled 200 units last March, the same number that was delivered during March 2001. After the first quarter, Class B motorhome shipments were up 40% to 700 units.
• Class C motorhome deliveries totaled 1,500 units last March, the same number that was delivered in March 2001. After the first quarter, Class C motorhome deliveries were up 14.7% to 3,900 units.