Despite higher fuel prices, U.S. shipments of motor homes in May rose 30.4 percent from the level of last May: 6,000 units this May, compared with 4,600 in May 2003.
Class Cs topped the list with the largest percentage increase - 53.3 percent - to 2,300 units. Class As rose 20.7 percent to 3,500 units.
Excluding conversion vehicles, shipments to RV retailers in May increased 24.4 percent over May 2003 to 32,600 units.
The total number of all RV and conversion vehicles rose 18.5 percent over the previous May, to 37,100 units. For the first five months of 2004, sales were up 13.2 percent to 180,900.
Total U.S. shipments of conversion vehicles fell 11.8 percent in May compared with May 2003. Shipments totaled 4,500 units, compared with 5,100 units during May 2003.
Pickup conversions in May increased 8.3 percent from last May, to 1,300 units.
SUV conversions had the largest percentage decline for the month, but the numbers were small: Just 200 units were sold in May, down 33.3 percent from the May 2003 figure.
Van conversions were down 16.7 percent in May - 3,000 units this year, compared with 3,600 last May.