Nov. RV Shipments Decline 7.7%
A 26.9% drop in the Class A motorhome wholesale market contributed to a 7.7% decline in November shipments from 2006, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Overall November shipments fell to 21,500 units compared with 23,300 the year prior. For the 11 months, deliveries dropped 9.9% to 331,000 units from 367,300 the previous year.
The Class C motorhome sector was the only category to post a gain in November, up 100 units to 1,200. For the year, Class C deliveries fell 4.7% to 18,200 units from 19,100.
Shipments of Class A motorhomes totaled 1,900 for the month compared to 2,600 in 2006, perhaps reflecting a cutback in inventory on dealer lots due to continued softness in the market. Class A retail sales tumbled 10.4% in October, according to the latest information from Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Surveys Inc. Year-to-date, Class A wholesale shipments were up 200 units to 30,200.
Travel trailer shipments were off slightly in November, down 6% from the previous year with 11,000 units delivered versus 11,700. For the 11 months, the sector fell 12.1% to 169,200 units from 192,400.
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