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Towable sales continued to show slight gains for the first 11 months of 2018 as overall retail registrations rose 4.1%.

According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed:

  • Travel trailer sales were up 4.2% for the 11 months.
  • Fifth-wheel registrations rose 5.5% through November.
  • Folding camping trailer sales dropped 12.1% for the 11 months.
  • Park model RV sales edged up 2% through November.

Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader for the 11 months with a 48.3% share of the market, ahead of Forest River Inc. owning a 34.9% share and Grand Design RV Co. (5.9%).

By segment, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailers through November with a 48.3% market share, followed by Forest River (36.5%). Thor led fifth-wheel sales with a 53.1% market share, followed by Forest River (26.6%) and Grand Design (13.7%).

In folding camping trailers, Forest River led the category for the first 11 months with a 72.2% market share while Columbia Northwest/Aliner Inc. garnered a 12.4% share and Thor held a 9.4% share. Skyline Champion led the park model segment with a 30.6% market share, followed by Cavco Industries Inc. (18.8%) and Kropf Industries Inc. (17.3%).

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).