September RV Shipments Decline 3.6%
Towable and motorized wholesale shipments were down slightly in September as overall deliveries showed a 3.6% decline from a year ago, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Overall September shipments fell to 26,800 units compared with 27,800 in 2006. For the first nine months, deliveries dropped 11.1% to 281,100 units from 316,100 the previous year.
Travel trailer shipments were flat for the month, indicating that wholesale is beginning to match retail demand as dealers pare down inventory. September totals for the sector were down 1.4% with 13,800 units shipped versus 14,000 in 2006. Year-to-date, deliveries declined 14% to 144,000 units from 167,400.
September fifth-wheel shipments equaled last year’s output with 6,400 units delivered while the segment was down 10.4% for the year with 64,000 units shipped compared with 71,400 last year.
The Class A wholesale sector was also flat, matching 2006 with 2,800 units shipped. For the first nine months, Class A shipments were up 3.6% to 25,600 units from 24,700 the previous year.
Other highlights include:
• Overall September towable shipments dipped 3.5% to 22,300 units from 23,100 last year while the motorized sector was down 100 units to 26,800. Year-to-date, towable deliveries dropped 12.8% to 237,700 units from 272,700 in 2006 and motorized deliveries equaled last year’s totals with 43,400 units shipped.
• The Class C market decreased 200 units in September to 1,500 compared to 2006 while year-to-date shipments were down 7.2% to 15,400 units from 16,600.
• The Class B market matched last year with 200 units shipped in September and year-to-date increased 300 units to 2,400.
• September folding camping trailer shipments declined 25% to 1,500 units compared with 2,000 the year prior. For the first nine months, shipments were down 13.5% with 23,700 units delivered versus 27,400 a year ago.
• September truck camper shipments were down 100 units to 600 and decreased 7.7% to 6,000 units for the first nine months.
• The conversion market declined 27.8% in September with 1,300 units shipped compared with 1,800 in 2006. Year-to-date the sector dropped 34.3% to 13,800 units from 21,000 last year.