August shipments of motor homes to retailers hit their lowest level for that month in more than 35 years.
U.S. shipments for the month totaled 1,700, a loss of almost two-thirds from August 2007's total of 4,900, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.
That collapse helped drag down total RV shipments — both towable RVs and motor homes — 44.4 percent in August to 16,900.
Through August, total RV shipments to retailers dropped 22.7 percent from 2007 to 196,500, the lowest eight-month total since 1997.
August sales of towable RVs declined 40.4 percent from 2007 to 15,200. Travel trailers and fifth-wheel trailers made up almost 90 percent of the August shipments of towable trailers, but shipments of each declined about 41 percent from August 2007.
Conventional RVs saw the greatest August decline in the motor-home segment with just 900 shipments, a 69.0 percent collapse from 2,900 a year earlier.
The totals do not include conversion vehicles.
In October 2007, the RV association stopped including those in its monthly shipment totals. Manufacturers of conversion vehicles have cut ties with the association.