Travel trailer deliveries were brisk in October, helping lift the recreational vehicle market to a 3.9 percent gain.
In October, 34,900 total units were delivered, besting October 2004 by 1,300. Despite the strong month, the market is down 0.1 percent to 355,300 through 10 months compared with the same period in 2004.
The figures do not include 10,464 Emergency Living Units delivered in October for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Deliveries of towable RVs were healthy -- rising 10.8 percent to 27,800 units. Through 10 months, they are up 5.1 percent to 271,400.
But motor homes plummeted 21.8 percent to 4,300. Deliveries have fallen to 53,400 through October, a 13.6 percent decline.
The combined total of motor homes and towable RVs delivered to retailers was up 4.9 percent in October to 32,100 units. They're up 1.5 percent through 10 months this year to 324,800.
Conversion vehicles fell 6.7 percent to 2,800 units. This year they're off 14.6 percent, and deliveries have declined to 30,500.
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