U.S. shipments of motor homes in July rose 10.9 percent from year-ago levels to 5,100-the segment's first monthly increase since March, according to data from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.
Class A motor homes, which represented the majority of motor home shipments, rose 20 percent to 3,600 units. Class Cs remained stable at 1,400 units. Class Bs, which accounted for less than 2 percent of motor home shipments, were down 50 percent to 100 units. Motor home shipments were up in each of the first three months of the year before dipping in April, May and June.
Through July, motor home shipments are off 0.3 percent. Conversion vehicle shipments in July dropped 14.3 percent to 4,800 units. July was the fifth straight month of double-digit declines. SUVs were the only conversion segment to gain in July-up 50 percent.
Deliveries of pickup conversions fell 37.5 percent, while van conversions, the largest portion of the segment, fell 7.9 percent to 3,500 units.
Overall shipments of conversion vehicles in the first seven months of the year were down 8.7 percent.