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Towable sales showed a slight gain in April from a year ago following a drop-off last month, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based independent marketing firm reported that overall April towable registrations gained 2.1% to 26,318 units from 25,781 in 2005 while year-to-date totals rose 0.5% to 81,727 units from 81,281.
Travel trailer sales, which have been driving the recreational vehicle market, gained 5.1% in April with 15,704 retail registrations compared to 14,937 the previous year. For the first four months, sales were 2.8% ahead of last year’s pace with 47,990 units sold versus 46,700.
April fifth-wheel sales declined 1.7% to 7,662 units from 7,796 the previous year and were down 1.6% for the first four months with 25,256 units sold compared to 25,679.
Folding camping trailer sales showed a 4.3% decrease from last year with 2,514 units sold versus 2,628. Year-to-date totals dropped 5.6% to 6,962 units sold from 7,365.