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Retail sales of travel trailers and fifth-wheels were higher in July than was the case a year-earlier, but folding-camper and park-model retail sales were down that month, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Travel-trailer retail sales climbed 7.2% higher in July to 12,659 units, and 15% for the first seven months of 2002, compared with the same portion of 2001, to 77,042 units, Statistical Surveys reported.
Meanwhile, fifth-wheel retail sales were up 4.9% in July to 5,653 units, and fifth-wheel sales in the first seven months of the year were up 14% to 38,253 units in the 49 states from which Statistical Surveys gathers data.
Hawaii is the only state from which the company does not gather retail sales figures.
Heading in the opposite direction in July were folding campers and park models.
Folding-camper retail sales declined 17.6% in July to 4,509 units and folding-camper sales were down 6.4% after the first seven months of the year to 26,379 units.
Park-model retail slipped 5% lower in July to 511 units, although after the first seven months of this year, park-model retail was up 3% to 3,152 units.