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Towable sales declined 10.4% in May, marking the second straight month retail registrations lagged behind last year’s pace, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
All towable sectors dipped during May, pulling year-to-date sales below 2004 for the first time this year.
Overall towable sales for the first five months were down 1.4% to 108,440 units compared with 110,002 last year. For the month, 27,814 units were sold versus 31,053 in 2004.
May also signaled the first month that travel trailer sales slipped, down 6.3% to 16,357 units from 17,453 last year. The fifth-wheel sector showed an 11.9% decline in sales while folding camping trailers dropped 22%.
Other highlights include:
• Travel trailer sales through May were up 3.1% with 62,663 units sold compared with 60,803 last year.
• For the month, 7,902 fifth-wheels were sold compared with 8,966 in 2004. The sector remained 1.4% ahead of last year for the first five months with 33,408 units sold.
• Sales of camping trailers fell to 3,070 units from 3,934 last year. Year-to-date retail registrations were 19.6% behind 2004 with 10,360 units sold.
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Surveys noted that information is incomplete for the states of Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin and does not contain data from New Hampshire.