As was expected, retail sales of motorized and towable RVs was down sharply in January 2001, largely because the retail market was exceptionally strong during January 2000.

The retail sales of Class A and Class C motorhomes was down 18.5% in January to 2,661 units, compared with 3,267 units retailed during January 2000, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Class A motorhome sales were down 18.9% to 2,023 units and Class C motorhome sales were down 17.6% to 638 units, the independent market research firm reported.

Meanwhile, retail sales of all types of towable RVs declined 12.7% during January to 7,411 units.

Travel trailer sales declined 18.6% in January to 3,671 units and fifth-wheel sales were down 6.4% to 2,525 units, Statistical Surveys reported.

Folding camper sales declined 6.7% in January to 871 units retailed and park model sales were down 1.1% to 344 units.

The Statistical Surveys data did not include the January motorhome sales from South Carolina and Rhode Island and the motorhome retail sales data from North Dakota was incomplete.

Towable RV sales data from South Carolina also was not available in time for Statistical Survey’s January report.

Unless a state is having a data gathering problem, Statistical Surveys reports RV retails sales from all states except Hawaii.