> SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE! 

Although the retail sales of towable RVs increased in April, motorhome sales declined during the month, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Towable sales increased 3.8%, or 813 units, in April, when compared with April 1999, the independent market research firm reported.

Meanwhile, motorhome sales declined 5.8%, or 326 units, when compared with the same month a year earlier.

However, despite the decline in April, retail sales of motorhomes were up 2.6%, or 466 units, during the first four months of this year.

Towable sales also were up 8.8%, or 5,040 units, during the first four months of this year, a growth rate that could be described as “brisk,” according to Tom Walworth, general manager of Statistical Surveys.

Included in the 5,040 figure is around 800 units that were sold to the federal government for use by disaster victims, he added.

“We feel the motorhome market is searching for a point of comfort,” Walworth said. “The wholesale market slowed (during the spring) and the retail market is continuing at a slower pace. Once the inventory level is down to a comfort zone, the wholesale orders should pick-up.”

Retail sales during 2000 should approximate the levels of 1999, Walworth added.