Retail registrations of towable RVs declined 23.5% in July from July 2008, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) reported today (Sept. 22).

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm reported total retail sales for the month of 16,713 units, down from 21,846 a year ago.

By segment sales for July were:

  • 10,734 travel trailers, down 21.2%.
  • 4,014 fifth-wheels, off 24.7%.
  • 1,756 folding cmaping trailers, down 29.1%.
  • 209 recreational park trailers, off 50.4%.

By manufacturer, Thor Industries Inc. retained its No. 1 ranking with 28.5% share of the total towable market.

By segment, Thor was first in towables with a 30% share, first in fifth-wheels with 37.3% and first in recreational park trailers with 21.5%.

Forest River Inc. took over the top spot in folding camping trailer sales with 29.8% of the market in July.