Towable retail sales remained ahead of last year’s pace in February, showing a 4.1% gain for the month and 6.9% increase year-to-date, according to data from Grand Rapids, Mich., independent marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc.
Travel trailer sales continued to drive the market in February with a 6.1% increase over last year. Statistical Surveys noted that retail registrations were inflated in Mississippi due to the volume of emergency units supplied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Overall towable sales totaled 16,444 units for February compared with 15,797 in 2005 while 30,709 units were sold for the first two months versus 28,718.
February travel trailer retail registrations increased to 9,587 units from 9,039 the previous year. Year-to-date sales improved 9.5% to 17,733 units compared with 16,196 in 2005.
Fifth-wheel sales were up 3.1% in February with 5,278 units sold versus 5,118 last year. For the first two months, fifth-wheel retail retail registrations increased 5.1% to 10,180 units from 9,690 in 2005.
The folding camping trailer sector was down 3.7% for the month with 1,286 units sold compared with 1,335 a year ago. Year-to-date, retail registrations declined 2.1% to 2,133 units from 2,178 last year.