U.S. shipments of recreational and conversion vehicles rose 3.1 percent in April, largely because of deliveries of towable RVs.
Dealers received 40,100 vehicles in April, up from 38,900 in April 2005. In the first four months of the year, shipments totaled 158,900, a 9.6 percent increase compared with the first four months last year.
The biggest segment of the market, towable RVs, rose 11.1 percent to 33,100 units. Through the first four months, deliveries of RVs have spiked 18.2 percent to 129,300. Travel trailers had the biggest showing in that segment, up 19.5 percent to 20,200 units in April.
Shipments of motor homes dipped 19.6 percent in April to 4,500 units. Over the first four months of the year, deliveries dropped 13.9 percent to 19,200 compared with 2005.
Conversion vehicles saw an even bigger percentage decline. Shipments totaled 2,500, down 28.6 percent from 3,500 in April 2005. When compared with the first four months of last year, deliveries tumbled 21.8 percent to 10,400 units.
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