The retail market for motorized and towable RVs remained strong during February, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Although several major manufacturers said recently that the previously hot retail market is cooling off, Statistical Surveys believes retail sales will “finish (this year) within 1% to 2% of its record level of 1999,” said Tom Walworth, general manager.
During February, motorhome retail sales were up 3.6%, or 144 units. During the first two months of this year, motorhome retail sales were up 5.5% or 251 units.
Retail sales of towables were up 8.1%, or 816 units, in February. During the first two months of this year, retail sales of towables was up 11.7%, or 2,013 units.
The towables sales figure includes 880 units bought by the federal government for temporary housing for flood victims in North and South Carolina. When the 880 units are excluded, the retail market for towables still was up 8.5% during the first two months of this year, Walworth said.