Retail towable sales posted a 5.3% gain in July and showed a 7.2% increase for the first seven months.

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

• Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 7.1% for the month and 9.6% year-to-date.

• Fifth-wheel registrations edged up 3% in July and 2.9% for the seven months.

• Folding camping trailer sales were down 4.4% for the month and 4.4% through July.

• Recreational park trailer sales fell 23.7% in July and 7.5% for the seven months.

Forest River Inc. was the towable sales leader through July with a 36.8% market share, edging out Thor Industries Inc. which captured a 36.5% share. Jayco Inc. was No. 3 with a 12.9% share.

By segment, Forest River was No. 1 in travel trailer sales for the seven months with a 37.4% market share, ahead of Thor (34.3%) and Jayco (14.3%). Thor was No. 1 in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 49.5% market share, followed by Forest River (31.1%) and Jayco (8.7%).

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader year-to-date with a 64.9% market share while Jayco (14.2%) held the No. 2 position followed by Columbia Northwest/Aliner Inc. (10.4%). In the park model segment, Kropf Manufacturing Co. Inc. was No. 1 with a 15.3% share, followed by Skyline Corp. (12.4%) and Thor (11.6%).

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).