The retail market for travel trailers, fifth-wheels and park models remained robust in May, although folding-camper retail sales declined, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
The number of travel trailers sold by dealers increased 12.7% in May to 17,155 units, compared with 15,218 in May 2003, Statistical Surveys reports.
For the first five months of this year, travel-trailer sales were up 14.4% to 60,254 units, compared with 52,686 in the same period last year.
Fifth-wheel sales improved by an even larger amount, 22% in May to 8,851 units, compared with 7,256 a year earlier.
After the first five months of this year, fifth-wheel sales were up 23.3% to 33,658 units, compared with 27,301 last year.
Park-model sales also increased 8.5% in May to 675 units, compared with 622 a year earlier. After the first five months of this year, park model sales by dealers were up 15.3% to 2,297 units, compared with 1,992 in the same period a year earlier.
However, folding-camper sales continued to decline, dropping 8.6% in May to 3,861 units, compared with 4,225 a year earlier. After the first five months of this year, folding-camper retail sales were down 3.8% to 12,761 units, compared with 13,263 last year.