RV shipments slip again

Shipments of motor homes and conversion vehicles in August were down from the same month of last year.

Motor home shipments in August dropped 8.2 percent. August was the 16th consecutive month of decline for motor homes.

Class C motor homes represented the segment's sharpest percentage decline, down 31.3 percent. Class A motor homes bucked the downward trend, rising 3.3 percent. That was the first year-to-year gain in Class As since January 2000.

Motor home shipments for the first eight months of the year were down 23.7 percent. The numbers are projected to be down until at least the second quarter of 2002, says Mac Bryan, vice president of administration for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association in Reston, Va.

Shipments of conversion vehicles totaled 6,000 units, a 35.5 percent drop from August 2000. Shipments in August were at the lowest levels since April, when conversion shipments totaled 5,900 units. August was the 22nd month of consecutive double-digit decline for conversion vehicles.

Pickup truck conversions took the segment's steepest percentage decline, down 51.7 percent.

Shipments of conversion vehicles for the first eight months of the year were down 45.5 percent.

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