Towable sales were down slightly for the fifth straight month in October, in part due to unfavorable comparisons with last year’s market boosted by sales of units for hurricane relief.
According to Grand Rapids, Mich., marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc., overall towable sales fell 6.2% to 17,057 units from 18,188 a year ago while totals for the first 10 months showed a 1.8% dip to 233,802 units sold versus 238,033 in 2005.
The travel trailer sector declined 5.5% in October, with 10,219 units sold compared with 10,813 last year while sales were up 0.5% to 140,294 units from 139,654 for the 10 months.
Other highlights from the October retail report include:
• The fifth-wheel retail market declined 6.9% for the month to 5,336 units sold 5,731 the previous year. Year-to-date, fifth-wheel registrations fell 4.8% to 67,065 units versus 70,424 last year.
• October folding camping trailer sales decreased 9.3% to 1,108 units sold compared with 1,221 last year. For the first 10 months, the sector dropped 5.9% to 22,017 units sold from 23,398.