Motor-home deliveries accounted for much of the industry's growth in July. Deliveries of Class A motor homes in July were up 12.1 percent to 3,700 units. For the first seven months of 1999, Class A deliveries were up 20 percent to 28,800 units.
The motor home segment as a whole was up 6 percent for the month. For the first seven months, motor homes were up 16.1 percent with 42,500 units delivered.
Conversion vehicles, including vans, pickups and sport-utilities, appear to have bottomed out and are rising. Deliveries were up 6.3 percent for July to 13,600 units. For the first seven months of 1999, conversion-vehicle deliveries were up 5.9 percent to 95,000 units. July's improvement over year-ago totals marks the fifth straight month of year-to-year improvements.
Shipments to RV retailers, including motor homes, truck camp-ers and towables, were up 2 percent for July to 25,900. For the first seven months of the year, shipments to RV retailers were up 8.7 percent to 196,100.
Including conversion vehicles, the industry was up 3.4 percent in July and 7.8 percent for the first seven months. Total deliveries through July were 291,100 units.