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Despite the controversy Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. created among the dealer body when it introduced its 2004 travel trailer/fifth-wheel models during the Louisville show last December, the company’s travel-trailer/fifth-wheels shipments were up 14% during the three months ended July 27.
Fleetwood reports it sold 9,815 travel trailers and fifth-wheels to its dealers during the May-through-July period, compared with 8,612 during the same portion of 2002.
Fleetwood’s gas- and diesel-engine Class A and Class C motorhome business remained on the growth path during the summer. The company sold 2,694 units to its dealers during the three months ended July 27, compared with 2,482 unitsa year earlier.
However, Fleetwood, the leading folding-camper producer in the nation, felt the pinch of the declining demand for that product. Sales to dealers fell 30% during the May-through-July period to 2,967 units, compared with 4,225 units a year earlier.