National shipments of recreational park trailers were flat during the third quarter compared to a year earlier, according to the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA).
RPTIA-member manufacturers reported 2,272 park trailer shipments in July, August and September, virtually unchanged from the 2,283 shipments reported during the same period a year earlier.
Shipments for the first nine months of 2005 totaled 7,551 units, an 8.3% jump from the 6,972 shipments reported during the same period in 2004.
“As far as we can tell, 2005 is shaping up to be the strongest year in the history of the recreational park trailer business,” said William Garpow, RPTIA’s executive director, noting that preliminary shipment figures for October, November and December are running well ahead of 2004 figures.
Garpow said the rise in park model shipments reflects escalating real estate prices, which are prompting some consumers to look for more affordable vacation home options.
RPTIA said campground operators also are purchasing park models in growing numbers, primarily to accommodate travelers who do not have RVs but want to enjoy the lifestyle.