All towable segments experienced declining sales during June compared to a robust month in 2004, as the sector was down 11.1% according to independent marketing research firm Statistical Surveys Inc.
Following strong performance during the first quarter, June marked the third straight month towable sales lagged behind last year, pulling retail registrations down 8.8% in the second quarter and 3.4% for the first six months of 2005.
Statistical Surveys noted that June data was incomplete for the states of Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin and no information was available from Oklahoma.
Travel trailers were the only sector to outpace 2004 through the first half of the year, up 1.2%. But retail registrations were down 6% for June with 18,655 units sold compared to 19,839 units last year when the market showed a 16% gain.
June fifth-wheel sales dropped 13.3% from a year ago with 8,259 units sold compared with 9,530. The segment was down 9.9% for the second quarter and 3.9% year-to-date.
Other highlights include:
• Overall towable sales in June dropped to 31,044 units from 34,939 last year while second-quarter retail registrations slipped to 85,296 units from 93,478. Year-to-date sales totaled 140,738 units compared to 145,725 in 2004.
• Travel trailer sales for the first six months were up slightly to 82,095 units from 81,082 a year ago.
• For the first half of the year, fifth-wheel sales fell to 41,949 units from 43,638 in 2004.
• Camping trailers sales were down 26% for the month to 3,623 units and declined 21.1% year-to-date with 14,160 units sold compared with 17,953 last year.
• June park model retail registrations were 25.1% behind last year with 507 units sold while sales were down 17% for the first six months to 2,534 units.