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Wholesale RV Shipments Tumble 42.5%

October 28, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

Wholesale RV shipments continued to retreat in September, down 42.5%, as all sectors showed sharp declines in year-over-year comparisons.
It represented the fifth straight month that deliveries incurred 25-plus-percent drop-offs. Shipments have lagged behind 2007 totals every month this year.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall September shipments totaled 15,400 units compared with 26,800 a year ago. For the nine months, deliveries fell 24.6% to 211,900 units from 281,100 the year prior.
The high-volume travel trailer market declined 37.7% in September with 8,600 units shipped versus 13,800 in 2007 while deliveries dropped 20.8% to 114,100 units from 144,000 year-to-date.
September Class A shipments followed up last month’s 69% decline with a 64.3% drop-off as deliveries fell to 1,000 units from 2,800 a year ago. For the nine months, the sector retreated 48.8% with 13,100 units delivered versus 25,600 in 2007.
Other highlights from the report include:

  • Overall September towable shipments decreased 38.6% to 13,700 units from 22,300 the previous year and the motorized sector declined 62.2% to 1,700 units compared with 4,500. Year-to-date, towable deliveries dropped 21.5% to 186,600 units from 237,700 a year ago while the motorized wholesale sector declined 41.7% to 25,300 units versus 43,400.
  • September Class C shipments were down 60% with 600 units delivered compared with 1,500 in 2007. Year-to-date the sector dropped 31.8% to 10,500 units from 15,400.
  • For the month, fifth-wheel shipments fell 40.6% to 3,800 units from 6,400 in 2007. Year-to-date, the segment was down 20.2% with 51,100 units shipped compared with 64,000 the previous year.
  • September Class B deliveries fell 100 units to 200 and dropped 700 units to 1,700 for the nine months.
  • September folding camping trailer shipments declined 40% to 900 units from 1,500 a year ago and were down 28.3% year-to-date with 17,000 units shipped versus 23,700.
  • Truck camper shipments fell 200 units to 400 in September and declined 26.7% to 4,400 units from 6,000 for the nine months.
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