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Retail sales of towables increased 13.4% and motorhomes were up 1.2% during January, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.

A total of 952 more travel trailers, fifth wheels and folding campers were retailed in January 2000, when compared with January 1999. However, the increase includes 700 towable RV units sold to the federal government for use by North Carolina flood victims, Stats Surveys reports.
Without the units for flood victims, the retail market for towables was up 3.5%.

Meanwhile, the 1.2% increase in Class A and Class C motorhome sales is equivalent to 38 units.

The Northeast had the strongest retail market for towables and motorhomes in January, Stats Surveys reports. Towables sales were up 58.2% and motorhome sales were up 17.8%.
The towables market also was exceptionally strong in the South Atlantic region, where retail volume increased 56.1% in January.

The weakest market for towables in January was the West North Central region, where retail volume declined 12.1%.

For motorhomes, the weakest market in January was the Mountain states, where retail sales slipped 26.4%, Stats Surveys reports.