Recreational-vehicle shipments for U.S. makers such as Winnebago and Thor tumbled 72 percent in November to the lowest for the month in at least 30 years as credit tightened amid the recession.

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Recreational-vehicle shipments for U.S. makers such as Winnebago and Thor tumbled 72 percent in November to the lowest for the month in at least 30 years as credit tightened amid the recession.

Deliveries to retailers plunged to 6,000 from 21,500 a year earlier, the fewest for a November since at least 1978, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association said on its Web site.

“Credit tightening, both in retail and wholesale financing, has driven industry production totals dramatically lower,” and even fewer deliveries may be recorded for December, the trade group said Tuesday.