Wholesale October shipments of towable recreational vehicles and motor homes to retailers rose 1.8 percent to 28,400 compared with the year-earlier month, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.
It was the first increase since July 2006.
The total does not include conversion vehicles. As of Oct. 1, the association no longer tallies shipments of those vehicles.
Conversion-vehicle manufacturers have ended their affiliation with the association. Those makers are considering individually whether to join the National Truck and Equipment Association.
In October, shipments of towable RVs increased 1.3 percent to 23,800 vehicles. Through the first 10 months of 2007, towable-RV shipments were down 11.7 percent to 261,500 vehicles.
Motor home shipments also rose in October, increasing 4.5 percent. A total of 4,600 motor homes were shipped to retailers in October, up from 4,400 a year earlier. Through October, motor home shipments were up 0.4 percent compared with the first 10 months of 2006.
Total shipments of RVs to retailers were down 10.0 percent through the first 10 months of 2007.