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                                                                                                                                               Year-over-year Canadian towable sales grew 7.8% in March and 4.5% for the first quarter, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).

Results by segment showed:

• Sales in the travel trailer sector rose 6.4% in March and 3.2% year-to-date.

• Canadian fifth-wheel sales climbed 15.3% for the month and 9.9% through March.

• Folding camping trailer registrations were down 3% in March and 2% year-to-date.

• Canadian recreational park trailers showed a total of 10 units sold for the month.

Thor Industries Inc. was the overall Canadian towable sales leader through March with a 38.8% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. (30.5%) and Jayco Inc. (18.4%).

Thor was the leader in travel trailer sales for the three months, holding a 38.3% market share, while Forest River was No. 2 (29.9%), followed by Jayco (19.5%). Thor was also the leader in the Canadian fifth-wheel sector, capturing a 46.5% market share, with Forest River at No. 2 posting a 28.2% share, followed by Jayco (12.4%) and Grand Design RV Co. (8.6%).

Forest River led year-to-date Canadian folding camping trailer sales with a 58.7% market share while Jayco posted a 32% share. Thor led the park model sector for the quarter with seven units sold.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 901-8335 (cell).