U.S. shipments of recreational and conversion vehicles increased 6.9 percent in February, thanks largely to a boost in deliveries to RV retailers.
Shipments rose from 33,200 units in February 2005 to 35,500 this past February. RV retailers accounted for the lion's share of that -- 32,700 deliveries. That was up 8.6 percent from 30,100 units in February 2005.
Deliveries of travel trailers jumped 26.8 percent to 18,000 units, compared with 14,200 in February 2005.
The bleak spot in the market continues to be conversion vehicles. In February 2003, retailers took delivery of 5,400 converted vans, pickups and SUVs. Shipments have tumbled since. In February, conversion-vehicle retailers received 2,800 vehicles, down 9.7 percent from February 2005.
The largest chunk of the conversion-vehicle segment, vans, fell 5.3 percent in February. Pickup conversions were down 11.1 percent and SUV shipments 33.3 percent.
For the first two months, the conversion-vehicle segment was off 17.2 percent from the comparable period last year.
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