The retail market for Class A and Class C motorhomes was strong during the first four months of this year, but it got even better in May, according to data compiled by Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Retail sales of Class A’s increased 23.2% and of Class C’s 20.4% in May compared with May 2003, according to Statistical Surveys.
There were 4,412 Class A’s, including gasoline- and diesel-engine models, sold during May by dealers in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 3,582 in May 2003.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather retail sales figures from New Hampshire in time for its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s data.
After the first five months of this year, retail sales of Class A’s were up 15.4% to 18,431 gas and diesel units, compared with 15,972 in the first five months of 2003.
Sales of Class C’s totaled 2,351 units in May, compared with 1,952 a year earlier.
After the first five months of this year, sales of Class C’s were up 22.5% to 8,594 units, compared with 7,016 in the same period a year earlier.
Statistical Surveys President Tom Walworth said the RV market was relatively weak during the first five months of 2003 because worries about the war in Iraq hurt consumer confidence. Consequently, retail sales comparisons beginning with the June data will be more challenging, he said.