Year-over-year towable retail registrations were down 6.9% for the first five months of 2019. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed:
• Sales for the travel trailer segment dipped 6.2% for the five months.
• Fifth-wheel registrations declined 8.7% through May.
• Folding camping trailer sales fell 11% for the five months.
• Park model RV sales slid 7.7% through May.
Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader for the five months with a 45.5% share of the market, ahead of Forest River Inc. owning a 37.1% share and Grand Design RV Co. (6.9%).
By segment, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailers through May with a 45.2% market share, followed by Forest River (39.5%). Thor led fifth-wheel sales with a 51.4% market share, followed by Forest River (26.2%) and Grand Design (15.3%).
In folding camping trailers, Forest River led the category for the first five months with a 70.3% market share while Columbia Northwest/Aliner Inc. garnered an 11.5% and Thor captured a 6.6% share. Skyline Champion led the park model segment with a 30.4% market share, followed by Kropf Industries Inc. (19.8%) and Cavco Industries Inc. (15.9%).
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).