Canadian RV sales slid 12.3% in September as all segments showed declines in year-over-year comparisons.
According to data from Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., sales totaled 2,670 units sold compared with 3,045 the previous year.
However, year-to-date registrations remained ahead of last years’ pace with gains in towable sales outweighing contraction in the motorhome sector. For the nine months, sales rose 9.7% to 51,712 units from 47,142 in 2007. During the same period, U.S. motorhome sales dropped 38.8% while towable registrations were down 21%.
Highlights from the Canadian report include:
• Overall Canadian motorhome sales retreated 22.8% in September to 193 units and declined 18.9% year-to-date with 2,170 units sold. September towable sales fell 11.4% to 2,477 units but increased 11.4% for the nine months to 49,542 units.
• September Class A motorhome sales were down 25.8% with 141 units sold compared with 190 the year prior and fell 14% to 1,314 units from 1,528 year-to-date.
• Class C sales decreased 13.3% in September to 52 units versus 60 in 2007 and dropped 25.4% to 856 units from 1,148 for the nine months.
• September travel trailer sales were down 11% to 1,497 units from 1,683 the previous year while year-to-date the sector gained 11.4% to 31,126 units from 27,521.
• Canadian fifth-wheel registrations were down 14.2% for the month with 707 units sold compared with 824 in the year-ago period. For the nine months, sales improved 8.8% to 12,074 units from 11,098.
• September sales of folding camper sales dipped 5.8% to 210 units from 223 the year prior while year-to-date registrations increased 9.7% to 5,543 units from 5,053.
• Recreational park trailer sales were down two units to 63 in September and rose five units to 799 for the nine months.