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October towable sales continued to reflect the effects of a soft market, showing a 27.4% decline in retail registrations.
According to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., registration information from Florida, California, Idaho, Georgia, Maine and Vermont were delayed and not included in the monthly report. Florida and California represent two of the larger market share regions, which may have resulted in overstated declines.
Overall October towable sales fell to 12,800 units from 17,622 in 2007 while year-to-date totals dropped 21.4% to 187,886 units compared with 238,951.
Other retail highlights include:
• October travel trailer sales retreated 26.6% to 7,896 units from 10,754 in the previous year. For the 10 months, trailer registrations were down 22.8% to 115,824 units compared with 150,012 in 2007.
• October fifth-wheel sales declined 30.6% to 3,751 units from 5,406 a year ago while the sector was down 19.1% year-to-date with 52,417 units sold compared with 64,802.
• Sales of folding camping trailers dropped 26.4% in October to 838 units from 1,139 the year prior and declined 18.4% for the 10 months with 16,431 units sold compared with 20,132.
• Recreational park trailer registrations fell 2.5% for the month with 315 units sold versus 323 in 2007 while year-to-date sales declined 19.8% to 3,214 units from 4,005.