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Travel trailer sales related to relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged areas of the Gulf Coast factored into a 4.2% increase in towable retail registrations for November, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
For the month, travel trailer sales gained 9.1% from 2004, with 7,553 units sold compared with 6,920. Sales for the first 11 months rose 4.6% to 146,154 units from 139,720 the previous year.
Overall towable sales totaled 13,067 units in November, up from 12,538 in 2004. Cumulative towable sales through November dipped 0.6% to 248,887 units versus 250,265 a year prior.
The fifth-wheel retail market remained relatively flat for the month, declining 0.9% to 4,423 units from 4,464 in 2004. Year-to-date fifth-wheel retail registrations slid 2.8% to 74,059 units from 76,210.
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Surveys noted that registrations were not available for Oklahoma.
Other highlights include:
• Camping trailer sales declined 6.2% in November with 758 units sold versus 808 the previous year. Year-to-date sales of fold-downs were 17.6% behind 2004 with 23,791 units sold compared to 28,875.
• November recreational park trailer sales declined 3.8% to 333 units from 346 in 2004 while registrations for the first 11 months dropped 10.6% to 4,883 from 5,460.