Wholesale motor home shipments in September were down 24.2 percent, compared with September 1999.
The year's largest percent decrease was in July, when motor home shipments dropped 30.2 percent.
Shipments of Class B motor homes, which represent the smallest portion of the motor home segment, increased 50 percent. But Class A shipments dropped 25.5 percent and Class C shipments were down 29.4 percent.
Motor home shipments for the year-to-date through September fell 11.1 percent compared with the same period in 1999.
The decline is no surprise to Jeff Tryka, senior analyst for Red Chip Review, a Portland, Ore., firm that analyzes the industry.
'We're going to have this slowdown until probably the second quarter of next year, when companies start introducing their 2002 model year coaches,' Tryka said. 'Then we're going to start to see a tick upwards. You're going to see growth vs. 2000, and it's going to be an easy comparison because 2000 was such a weak year.'
Conversion vehicle shipments also continued their downward slope in September. Shipments were down 28.3 percent.
Sport-utility conversions also fell, tumbling 33.3 percent. Van conversions dropped 28.4 percent and pickup conversions dropped 26.7 percent.
Conversion vehicle shipments for the first nine months of the year were down 21.6 percent.