Motorized Sector Moderates June Shipments
A modest upsurge in Class A and Class C motorhome shipments helped to moderate an otherwise soft wholesale RV marketplace in June.
June shipments totaled 34,500 units, compared to 37,400 in 2006, according to figures released Thursday (July 26) by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Total shipments for the first half of the year amounted to 196,000 units, down 12.9% from 225,000 delivered in the first six months of 2006, although ’06 numbers do reflect orders for post-Katrina hurricane emergency housing.
Towable shipments continued to reflect a tight market, with that sector off 10.6% for the month and 15.2% year to date. Off most significantly in June were travel trailers, down to 17,400 units in ’07 from 19,600 last year for an 11.2% setback. Year-to-date, the travel trailer drop-off was 17.2%, with 99,700 units shipped versus 120,400 in 2006. Also slipping appreciably in June were folding camping trailers, with 3,000 units shipped, down 14.3% from 3,500 the prior year. Foldouts retreated 13.6% for the year, down to 17,200 units from 19,900 in the first half of ’06.
Fifth-wheel shipments in June continued to trail ’06, with units delivered totaling 7,700 units compared to 8,400 for the month, a decrease of 8.3%, while year-to-date deliveries reached 44,600, an 11.7% drop from 50,500 in the first six months of 2006.
Truck campers were flat for the month, off by 8.9% for the year on shipments of 4,100 units vs. 4,500 in ’06.
In a reversal of last year’s trends, meanwhile, motorhome deliveries were up 9.6% for the month, an increase that helped the sector record a 2.4% year-to-date uptick. Class A’s led the June numbers, with 3,200 units shipped compared to 3,000 in June 2006. For the year, they were up 5.3% on shipments of 17,900 units vs. 17,000 in ‘06. Likewise, June Class C deliveries were up to 2,200 units from 1,900 last year — a 15.8% gain — but still trailed year to date 4.5% on deliveries of 10,700 units vs. 11,200 the prior year.
A small category in terms of total numbers, Class B van campers were flat for the month of June at 300 units and up 20% to 1,800 units from 1,500 units the previous year.