The North American economic slowdown is rapidly catching up to Canadian motorhome sales – even while towable demand has been amazingly strong.
“Towables in the lightweight and entry level are doing fine,” said Terry Elias, CEO of Winkler, Manitoba-based Triple E RV which manufac Private Plays Sports Picks tures Class A and C motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels. “Dealers tell us that market is relatively strong. The motorized and higher-end segments are more difficult.”
Retail sales of Canadian travel trailers and fifth wheels reached 25,393 units during the first five months, up 38.7% from a year ago, according to Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Surveys Inc. With the inclusion of folding camping trailers and park models, segment sales totaled 28,813 units, up 30% from a year earlier. That compares with five-month 18.3% decline in towable sales in the U.S.
Meanwhile, retail sales of motorhomes, while stronger than those in the U.S., have been falling steadily. They were down 10.9% at the end of the first quarter but fell by 30% in May alone.
Their overall five-month total of 1,031 units was off 17.3%. That included 615 Class A units, down 11.9%, and 416 Class C’s, representing a decline of 24.2%. By comparison, U.S. motorhome sales dropped 27.7% through May.

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