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The retail market for Class A motorhomes cooled off in August, when compared with August 2001, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
A total of 2,411 Class A’s – both gas and diesel engine models – were retailed in August in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data. That represents a 15.6% decline from the 2,856 units dealers in the same 47 states retailed a year earlier.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather Class A and Class C motorhome sales data from South Carolina for August, and it has been unable to collect motorhome retail sales data from New Hampshire for the first eight months of this year.
Statistical Surveys does not gather RV retail sales figures from Hawaii.
Despite the August decline, Class A motorhome retail sales still were up 4.9% in the first eight months of this year to 24,248 gas and diesel units, compared with 23,094 units retailed in the same 47 states in the first eight months of 2001.
Class C motorhome retail sales also declined in August, but by a marginal amount. There were 1,266 Class C’s retailed in the 47 states in August, a 1.5% decline from the 1,286 units retailed in the same 47 states in August 2001, according to Statistical Surveys.
But after the first eight months of this year, Class C retail sales were up 12.3% to 11,011 units retailed in the 47 states, compared with 9,806 Class C’s sold by dealers in the same 47 states in the same portion of 2001.