Wholesale shipments of motor homes and conversion vehicles in October were down from the levels of October 1999.
Shipments of motor homes decreased 24.2 percent for the month. Class A motor homes took their biggest percentage drop of the year, down 32.6 percent. Class B's fell 33.3 percent.
Class C motor homes bucked the downward trend, up 7.7 percent. This is the Class C segment's largest percentage increase since January, when shipments increased 7.1 percent.
However, the Class C increase from 1,300 units to 1,400 units does not necessarily represent a boom for this segment, said Jeff Tryka, senior equity analyst at RedChip Review, a Portland, Ore., firm that follows the industry. Shipments of Class C's in November will help determine if there is an upward trend.
Motor home shipments for the first 10 months of the year fell 12.4 percent.
Shipments of conversion vehicles dropped 18.6 percent in October.
Van conversions dropped 28.2 percent, and sport-utility conversions fell 22.2 percent. However, shipments of pickup conversions increased 11.5 percent. This was the pickup segment's first increase since May.