Retail sales of Class A motorhomes fell by 18.3% in August when compared with 2003, according to independent market research firm Statistical Surveys Inc.
The August decline represents the third consecutive month in which Class A retail slipped lower.
RV industry insiders are not necessarily alarmed, however, because Class A sales spiked during the summer months in 2003 following a slowdown in the first half of the year over concerns about war with Iraq. Consequently, it was assumed that year-to-year comparisons would be more difficult during the second half of this year.
Despite the decline, Class A retail sales still were up 6.1% when the first eight months of this year are compared with the same portion of 2003.
There were 2,992 Class A’s sold in August in the states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 3,662 in August 2003.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather retail sales figures from New Hampshire in time for its report, and the Grand Rapids, Mich., company does not collect Hawaii’s data.
During the first eight months of this year, there were 29,472 Class A’s sold, compared with 27,773 in the first eight months of 2003, Statistical Surveys reports.
Retail sales of Class C motorhomes increased by a marginal 0.8% in August. There were 1,550 Class C’s sold by dealers in August, compared with 1,537 a year earlier, Statistical Surveys reports.
After the first eight months of this year, Class C retail sales were up 17.2% to 14,820 units, compared with 12,646 in the first eight months of 2003.