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November towable sales were down slightly from the previous year as fifth-wheel retail registrations fell 3.4% while travel trailer sales were flat, according to data from Grand Rapids, Mich., marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc.
The marginal dropoff may actually indicate improvement in the towable market, as year-over-year comparisons remain difficult due to inflated sales of hurricane relief units in the fourth quarter of 2005. November represented the sixth straight month that towable sales declined.
Overall November towable sales fell 2.7% to 13,679 units from 14,059 the previous year while totals for the first 11 months showed a 1.8% dip to 247,605 units sold versus 252,092.
The travel trailer sector was down 0.6% in November with 8,052 units sold compared with 8,098 the year prior while sales were up 0.5% to 148,423 units from 147,752 for the 11 months.
Other highlights from the November retail report include:
• November fifth-wheel sales totaled 4,621 units versus 4,786 the previous year. Year-to-date, fifth-wheel registrations fell 4.6% to 71,724 units compared with 75,210 in 2005.
• November folding camping trailer sales decreased 14.4% to 697 units sold from 814 a year ago. For the first 11 months, the sector dropped 6.2% to 22,721 units sold from 24,212.