The demand for travel trailers for hurricane relief efforts caused deliveries of those vehicles to double in September, powering the RV and conversion vehicle market to a 29.4 percent monthly increase.
Federal emergency agencies, state officials and utility companies purchased the vehicles to provide shelter for relief workers, said Mac Bryan, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's vice president of administration.
In September, 40,900 total units were delivered, up from 31,600 units in the year-ago month.
With the help of September's surge, year-to-date sales totaled 325,400 vehicles, up 1 percent from the first nine months of 2004.
Travel trailers provided most of the deliveries in the towable RV segment, which rose 46.4 percent in September.
Motor home sales dipped 10.0 percent to 5,400 units. Combined deliveries of towable RVs and motor homes rose 34.5 percent to 38,200 units.
In September, sales of conversion vehicles plummeted 15.6 percent to 2,700 units. For the first nine months, conversion vehicle sales are down 15.3 percent.
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