Retail sales of towable RVs climbed 11.5% in March from a year ago while registrations were up 13.9% for the first quarter.

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

“¢ Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 14.2% for the month and 16.3% year-to-date.

“¢ Fifth-wheel registrations were up 6.8% in March and 10.2% for the three months.

“¢ Folding camping trailer sales fell 10.7% for the month and 7.1% year-to-date.

“¢ Recreational park trailer sales were up 16.4% in March, and 6.1% for the first quarter.

Forest River Inc. was the towable sales leader through March with a 37.6% market share, edging out Thor Industries Inc. which captured a 35.2% share. Jayco Inc. was No. 3 with a 12.7% share.

By segment, Forest River was No. 1 in travel trailer sales for the first three months with a 39.2% market share, ahead of Thor (32.7%) and Jayco (14%). Thor was the leader in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 47.6% market share, followed by Forest River (31.3%), Jayco (9%) and Grand Design RV Co. (8.1%).

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader year-to-date with a 61.4% market share while Jayco (16.6%) held the No. 2 position followed by Columbia Northwest/Aliner Inc. (10.5%). In the park model segment, Skyline Corp. was No. 1 with a 15.6% share, followed by Kropf Manufacturing Co. Inc. (10.5%) and Cavco Industries (8.7%).

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).