Conversion market falls

Shipments of motor homes and conversion vehicles in September fell behind last year’s levels.

Conversion vehicle shipments, which totaled 3,600, represented a 60.4 percent decline compared with September 2000, when shipments totaled 9,100. September was the 23rd consecutive month of double-digit decline for the conversion market.

Sport-utility conversions plunged 83.3 percent. Pickup conversions fell 81.8 percent. Van conversions dropped 50.8 percent. For the first nine months of the year, conversion shipments were down 46.9 percent. Motor home shipments were down 14 percent compared with September 2000. Class B motor homes represented the segment’s sharpest percentage decline, down 33.3 percent.

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