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The retail market for fifth-wheels and travel trailers stayed red hot during September, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Fifth-wheel retail sales increased 19.4% in September to 6,616 units sold by dealers in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 5,543 units sold by dealers during September 2002.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather New Hampshire’s data in time for its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s figures.
After the first nine months of this year, fifth-wheel sales were up 11.3% to 54,760 units, compared with 49,179 units sold during the first three quarters of 2002.
Meanwhile, travel trailer retail sales increased 11% in September to 12,191 units, compared with 10,978 units sold by dealers during the same month a year earlier.
After the first nine months of this year, travel trailer retail sales were up 9% to 109,013 units, compared with 100,025 units retailed during the same portion of 2002.
However, folding camper retail sales continued on the decline, Statistical Surveys reported. Folding camper sales were down 10.7% in September to 2,566 units, compared with 2,873 units retailed a year earlier.
After the first nine months of this year, folding camper retail sales were down 16% to 28,057 units, compared with 33,408 units sold by dealers during the same portion of 2002.
The park model retail market showed a slight rebound in September, according to Statistical Surveys. Retail sales of park models increased 2.7% in September to 488 units, compared 475 units sold by dealers during September 2002.
After the first nine months of this year, park model retail sales were down 2.3% to 4,076 units, compared with 4,143 units sold by dealers during the same portion of 2002.