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.
Other highlights include:

  • Overall November towable shipments dipped 5.7% to 18,200 units from 19,300 in 2006 while the motorized sector was down 17.5% to 3,300 units compared to 4,000. Year-to-date, towable deliveries dropped 11.3% to 279,700 units from 315,500 in 2006 and motorized deliveries fell 500 units to 51,300.
  • November fifth-wheel shipments equaled last year’s output with 5,500 units delivered while the segment was down 8.6% for the year with 76,400 units shipped compared with 83,600 the previous year.
  • Class B deliveries were down 100 units to 200 for the month and year-to-date increased 200 units to 2,900.
  • November folding camping trailer shipments declined 300 units to 1,300 from 2006 and were off 15% for the 11 months with 27,100 units delivered compared to 31,900.
  • November truck camper shipments were down 100 units to 400 and fell 7.9% to 7,000 units for the 11 months.