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The retail market for towable RVs remained robust in April with combined travel-trailer and fifth-wheel sales increasing 13.6% when compared with April 2003, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Although comparisons with the first five months of 2003 show increased sales, the RV market was relatively soft through the end of May of last year because of worries about the impact of the invasion of Iraq, according to Statistical Surveys President Tom Walworth.
Consequently, sales figures for June, which Statistical Surveys will issue in August, likely will not be as great compared to last year as those for the first five months of this year are compared to last year. Walworth said.
In April, travel-trailer retail sales increased 9.6% in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data. There were 14,707 travel trailers sold that month by dealers in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 13,418 ingApril 2003.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather retail sales figures from New Hampshire in time for its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s data.
After the first four months of this year, travel-trailer retail sales were up 14.3% to 42,832 units, compared with 37,468 units sold by dealers during the same period a year earlier.
Meanwhile, fifth-wheel retail sales soared 21.8% higher in April to 8,046 units, compared with 6,604 units sold by dealers a year earlier.
After the first four months of this year, fifth-wheel retail sales were up 23% to 24,651 units, compared with 20,045 a year earlier.
Park-model retail sales increased 11.9% in April to 528 units, compared with 472 a year earlier. After the first four months of this year, park-model retail sales were up 15.8% to 1,587 units, compared with 1,370 a year earlier.
However, folding-camper retail sales declined 0.8% in April to 3,357 units, compared with 3,383 a year earlier. After the first four months of this year, folding-camper retail sales were down 2% to 8,857 units, compared with 9,038 a year earlier.