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Wholesale Shipments Decline 8.3% in August

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September 28, 2007 by   Leave a Comment

August towable and motorized wholesale shipments were down from a year ago as overall deliveries declined 8.3% for the month.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), August shipments fell to 30,400 units compared with 32,800 in 2006. For the first eight months, deliveries dropped 11.8% to 254,300 units from 288,300 the previous year.
August travel trailer shipments were again down as dealers continued to be cautious in ordering. The sector showed a 7.6% decline to 15,700 units compared to 17,000 the year prior while year-to-date totals fell 15.1% with 130,200 units delivered compared with 153,400 last year.
Fifth-wheel shipments dropped 7.8% in August to 7,100 units versus 7,700 the previous year. For the first eight months, the market contracted 11.4% to 57,600 units from 65,000.
The Class A sector rose 100 units in August to 2,900 from a year ago and year-to-date was up 4.1% with 22,800 units shipped versus 21,900 last year.
Other highlights include:
• Overall August towable shipments retreated 8.3% to 25,500 units from 27,800 last year while the motorized sector was down 100 units to 4,900. Year-to-date, towable deliveries dropped 13.7% to 215,400 units from 249,600 and motorized deliveries were up 200 units to 38,900.
• The Class C market decreased 15% in August to 1,700 units from 2,000 in 2006 while year-to-date shipments were down 6.7% to 13,900 units from 14,900.
• The Class B market rose 100 units in August to 300 and year-to-date increased 300 units to 2,200.
• August folding camping trailer shipments declined 16% to 2,100 units compared with 2,500 the year prior. For the first eight months, shipments were down 12.6% with 22,200 units delivered versus 25,400 a year ago.
• August truck camper shipments were flat with 600 units delivered and decreased 6.9% to 5,400 units for the first eight months.
• The conversion market declined 11.8% in August with 1,500 units shipped compared with 1,700 in 2006. Year-to-date the sector dropped 34.9% to 12,500 units from 19,200 last year.

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