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Old 04-12-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Class B Sales Drop 4.1% During February

Year-over-year Class B motorhome sales edged down 4.1% in February while gaining 5.1% for the first two months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc.

Through February, Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. was No. 1 in Class B sales, owning a 34.4% market share, followed by Thor Industries Inc. with a 23.7% share.

Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. (18.6%) ranked third, edging out Winnebago Industries Inc. (16.7%).

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Old 04-12-2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Not surprising, considering the escalating prices for new models over the last decade, for a product that has remained largely unchanged. Some say the quality has waned in the last 4-5 years.
Interesting, considering there seems to still be demand for gently used (read as, already been through the depreciation grinder) class B products. They're scarce, so seem to hold their price better.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:19 PM   #3
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I think it is due to short supply... from what I've heard, Winnebago is 5 months backlogged with ERA orders, and the other makers are pretty much similar.

Plus, I'm sure some people are waiting to see how the ProMaster (Dodge's van) and the Ford Transit will shake things up.
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RVIA posted February wholesale shipments stats. 165 Class B's were shipped. Winnebago, with their 16.7% market share, would have shipped only 28 units. With the demand backlog hopefully they can double that production.
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RVIA posted February wholesale shipments stats. 165 Class B's were shipped:

RoadTrek: 57 Units
Thor : 40 Units
PW : 31 Units
WinneB : 28 Units
Unknown: 09 Units

If the above is correct RoadTrek did good, Thor was not to far behind RoadTrek, and PleasureWay was not to far from Thor, and Winnebago was not to far off from PleasureWay in shipping units.

I always thought that PleasureWay was second in shipping units, not so, Thor is second, doubt Thor would ever beat RoadTrek in shipping units.

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RVIA's stats would be accurate but my calculation of 28 units shipped by Winnebago might not be 100% accurate because one stat is sales (SSI Market Share) and the other stat is shipments (RVIA Shipments) but they probably correlate. Dealers would order based on sales or expected sales.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:10 AM   #7
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Following was posted on another forum:

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Just was at a local ERA dealer. Even they are having a backlog. Orders are back at least five months from WGO.

Winnebago is putting a hurt on the competition with its prices. Just today, Roadtrek is offering a solar array for no cost with new models.
Kind of hard to believe that RoadTrek is offering a solar array for no cost with new models, especially when they are the number one Class B manufacture.

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Old 04-14-2013, 01:07 AM   #8
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I understand it is true that RoadTrek will give a Solar Panel to anyone who goes to their RoadTrek dealer and purchases a new RoadTrek, it will also be installed, this is for a limited time only.

Excellent deal for someone purchasing a new RoadTrek, Kudo's to RoadTrek.

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I just got an e-mail from Jim Hammill pushing buying a new Roadtrek and getting a free, installed, solar panel. Probably because we got ours new, we must be on the list. It didn't say how big a panel, or what charge controller etc, which would be interesting to know. I am surprised that one of the "armchair engineers" that irritate him with too many questions would get the offer

If you could still get a decent discount on the Roadtrek, it could be a very enticing offer for folks to consider.
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I also received an E-mail from Joe Morales from RoadTrek stating it was an announcement from The President of RoadTrek Motorhomes, Jim Hammill regarding a free installed solar panel with the purchase of a new RoadTrek.

Our RoadTrek is a 2010, 190 Popular that we ordered in December 2009, I was surprised to receive the E-mail from RoadTrek. We are looking forward to ordering a 2014 Class B in December.

We did see a 2013 RoadTrek, 210 Popular with a Flagstaff Mac Pop Up RV attached to it at Leisure Time RV in FL this past February when we were there having a new Macerator Pump installed.

Both Rose and I fell in love with both the RoadTrek 210, and the Flagstaff, would have traded in our RoadTrek 2010 190 Popular for both, our 3 grandchildren enjoy camping with us, they stay in a tent, they would have enjoyed the Pop Up.

The Pop Up would have been just right for the grandchildren, the RoadTrek 210 would have been just right for Rose and I, we do like a 210. We did have a RoadTrek 210 as a loaner back in September 2011, we loved it.

Photos of the 210 RoadTrek and Flagstaff Mac Pop Up.




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