After 12 straight months of year-over-year gains, the towable sector showed a slight decline in August wholesale shipments while the Class A market registered another double-digit drop.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that overall shipments were down 2.4% for the month with 32,800 units delivered versus 33,600 a year ago. For the first eight months, shipments totaled 288,300 units, representing an 11.1% increase from 259,500 in 2005.
Travel trailers, which have driven the towable market, incurred an 0.6% decrease in August with 17,000 units shipped compared to 17,100 in 2005. The dip is perhaps a reflection of the retail arena which has been flat this year, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc.
Year-to-date, however, travel trailers far outpaced the previous year, up 23.3% with 153,400 units shipped compared with 124,400.
Overall August towable shipments were down 1.4% to 27,800 units while the motorized sector retreated 7.4% to 5,000 units.
Other highlights from the report include:
• For the first seven months, overall motorhome shipments fell 11.4% to 38,700 units from 43,700 last year.
• Year-to-date towable deliveries gained 15.7% with 249,600 units shipped versus 215,800.
• August Class A motorhome wholesale deliveries contracted 15.2% to 2,800 units from 3,300 last year. Year-to-date, Class A shipments decreased 17.7% with 21,900 units delivered compared with 26,600 in 2005.
• For the month, Class C shipments gained 200 units to 2,000 and year-to-date the minimotorhome sector was down 2.6% with 14,900 units delivered.
• August fifth-wheel shipments declined 2.5% to 7,700 units. For the first eight months, the sector was up 6.9% to 65,000 units compared with 60,800 the previous year.
• August folding camping trailer shipments equaled 2005 with 2,500 units shipped and the market increased 4.5% year-to-date to 25,400 units.
• For the month, truck camper shipments were down 100 units to 600 and fell 7.9% for the first eight months to 5,800 units.
• The Class B sector was down 100 units to 200 in August and rose 100 units year-to-date to 1,900.
• The conversion market declined 41.4% for the month with 1,700 units shipped. For the first eight months, the sector was down 23.2% to 19,200 units.