Retail sales of new fifth-wheels soared 15.5% higher in July and new travel-trailer sales increased a robust 8%, Statistical Surveys Inc. reports.
However, retail sales of folding campers fell 16.8% and park-model sales declined 16.9% in July, Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, reported.
The Statistical Surveys data does not include the units sold by dealers in New Hampshire or Hawaii.
In terms of unit volume, there were 6,585 fifth-wheels retailed during July, compared with 5,701 in July 2002.
During the first seven months of this year, fifth-wheel retail sales increased 8.8% to 41,931 units, compared with 38,525 in the same portion of last year.
There were 13,732 travel trailers sold in July, compared with 12,718 in July 2002. During the first seven months of this year, travel-trailer sales increased 8.6% to 84,214, compared with 77,534 during the same portion of last year.
In the case of folding campers, there were 3,852 units sold in July, compared with 4,629 a year earlier. During the first seven months of this year, folding-camper retail sales were down 16.8% to 22,305 units, compared with 26,810 units in the same portion of last year.
There were 429 park-model units sold in July, compared with 516 a year earlier.
Statistical Surveys data does not include the park models bought by campground operators from the manufacturers and then rented to campground guests.
During the first seven months of this year, park-model retail sales declined 3.3% to 3,078 units, compared with 3,184 in the same period last year 2002.