This is not shaping up to be a good year for shipments of conversion vehicles. Or motor homes.
Wholesale deliveries of conversion vehicles dropped 22.7 percent in March from the same period in 2004, and motor home deliveries fell 4.1 percent.
For the first three months of the year, deliveries of conversion vehicles dropped 11.7 percent compared with the same period last year.
During those three months, 9.7 percent fewer motor homes were shipped.
If the trend continues through the year, it would mean the third straight yearly downturn for conversions. It also would reverse two years of rising motor home deliveries.
But there's a lot of year left.
Ken Sommer, a spokesman for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, says he's optimistic that deliveries will pick up.
"Looking at the longer terms of trends, we're encouraged by the continued strength of our RV market despite the fuel prices," he says.
Shipments of all RVs and conversion vehicles rose 0.2 percent in March to 40,800 units.
A big factor in that rise was a 4.8 percent increase in the shipment of the various trailers that make up the towable RV segment.