The retail market for Class A motorhomes appeared to be red hot in August, increasing 16.3% compared with August 2002, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Statistical Surveys reports 3,598 Class A’s were sold in August by dealers in the 48 states from which it was able to gather data, compared with 3,094 units retailed in August 2002.
Statistical Surveys does not gather Hawaii’s retail sales and it was unable to collect New Hampshire’s in time for its report.
However, Statistical Surveys cautions that some states may have been late compiling their August 2002 numbers, resulting in too low of a basis for comparison. But Statistical Surveys President Tom Walworth added that the spike in Class A retail in August may also have resulted from pent-up demand from earlier this year, when consumers postponed purchases because of uncertainty over the war in Iraq.
Thanks, in part, to the strong August, Class A retail sales were up 9.2% in the first eight months of this year, to 27,530 units, compared with 25,208 units in the same portion of 2002.
Meanwhile, Class C retail sales declined 3.1% in August to 1,472 units, compared with 1,519 units a year earlier. But after the first eight months of this year, Class C retail sales were up 7.6% to 12,242 units, compared with 11,374 units sold in the first eight months of last year.