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For the second straight month, towable sales decreased from a year ago as July retail registrations were down 1.5%.
According to data from Grand Rapids, Mich.-based marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc., travel trailers were the only sector to outpace 2005, up 1.3%.
Overall July towable registrations totaled 27,167 units compared with 27,578 the previous year. For the first seven months, sales were flat, down 0.2% to 170,809 units from 171,126 last year.
The towable retail arena continues to lag behind the wholesale sector. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), towable shipments from OEMs to dealer lots rose 8.6% in July behind robust travel trailer numbers.
Other highlights from the July retail report include:
• July travel trailer sales improved to 16,576 units from 16,364 in 2005 while registrations for the first seven months were up 2.2% with 102,234 units sold compared to 99,997.
• The fifth-wheel retail market declined 5.9% for the month to 7,062 units sold from 7,504 the previous year. Year-to-date, fifth-wheel registrations fell 3.2% to 48,747 units versus 50,334 last year.
• July folding camping trailer sales showed a 5.3% decrease from last year with 3,060 units sold compared with 3,230. For the first seven months, the sector dropped 5.4% to 16,764 units sold from 17,712.