Motorhome sales declined 19% in December and showed a 9.2% drop for the full year compared to 2004, according to independent research firm Statistical Surveys Inc. based in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Class A market fell 22.1% for the month with 1,938 retail registrations versus 2,489 the previous year. For the year, sales of Class A motorhomes dropped 12.7% to 36,505 units from 41,830 in 2004.
February was the only month in 2005 that generated a gain in Class A sales, with the majority of the monthly reports showing double-digit declines. The drop-off impacted both the diesel and gasoline Class A sectors as year-end sales declined 18% and 26%, respectively.
The sector was impacted throughout the year by a variety of economic factors, including spikes in gas prices and an incremental rise in interest rates.
Overall motorized sales for the year totaled 56,020 units compared with 61,681 in 2004 while December registrations fell to 2,751 units from 3,395.
Class C motorhome registrations were down 10.3% in December with 813 units sold versus 906 the previous year. For the full year, Class C sales totaled 19,515 units, down 1.7% from 19,851 in 2004.