RV Wholesale Deliveries Declined in March
In what is traditionally a strong wholesale month, all recreational vehicle categories showed double-digit declines for March signaling an 18.9% drop in year-over-year shipment totals.
Overall March towable shipments were down 17.3% to 25,900 units from 31,300 in 2007 while the motorized sector declined 27.6% to 4,200 units compared with 5,800. Year-to-date, towable deliveries dropped 9.4% to 71,600 units from 79,000 a year ago and motorized deliveries declined 24.7% to 11,000 units versus 14,600.
The Class C market posted a 200-unit decrease, or 10.5%, in March with 1,700 units shipped and dipped 100 units for the three months to 4,500.
March fifth-wheel shipments decreased 12.9% to 7,400 units from 8,500 while the segment was down 9.9% for the three months with 20,100 units shipped compared with 22,300 the previous year.
Class B deliveries were down 100 units to 200 for the month and year-to-date fell 400 units, or 40%, to 600.
March folding camping trailer shipments declined 41.2% to 2,000 compared with 3,400 in 2007 and were down 19.2% for the three months with 6,300 units shipped versus 7,800.
Truck camper shipments for the month were down 100 units to 600 and fell 300 units to 1,700 year-to-date.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall March shipments fell to 30,100 units compared with 37,100 in the year prior. For the three months, deliveries fell 11.8% to 82,600 units from 93,600 in 2007.
March travel trailer shipments dropped 15% to 15,900 units from 18,700 the previous year while the sector was down 7.2% year-to-date with 43,500 units delivered compared with 46,900. The monthly total seemed to confirm that the weakness experienced in the motorized segment had migrated to the trailer market.
Shipments of Class A motorhomes totaled 2,300 units for the month, down 36.1% from 3,600 in 2007. For the three months, Class A deliveries retreated 34.4% to 5,900 units from 9,000.
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