Class A motorhome retail sales dropped 7.6% in March compared with 2004, but remained slightly ahead of last year’s pace for the first quarter, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Softness in gas motorhome sales, impacted by discounting, continued market share gains in the diesel sector and high fuel prices, pulled overall Class A sales down. For the month, sales of Class A gas motorhomes declined 12% while diesel sales were off 2% from 2004.
That trend mirrors recent reports from manufacturers and retailers. Lazydays RV Supercenter Inc., Seffner, Fla., which reported a nearly 8% decline in revenue for its first quarter, attributed a majority of the falloff in unit sales to the gas motorhome market.
March Class C sales were 1.7% ahead of last year and gained 2.3% for the quarter while overall motorhome retail registrations declined 4.8% in March, but were up 2% year-to-date.
Other highlights include:
* Overall motorhome sales during March fell to 5,585 units versus 5,866 last year. For the first three months, 14,698 units were sold compared with 14,414 in 2004.
* March Class A motorhome sales dropped to 3,780 units from 4,091 units last year. First quarter Class A sales were up 1.8% to 10,353 units compared with 10,166 in 2004.
* For the month, Class C sales increased to 1,805 units versus 1,775 units in 2004. During the first three months, Class C sales improved to 4,345 units compared with 4,248 last year.