Towable sales were down slightly in October, marking the fourth consecutive month that retail registrations lagged behind 2005.
According to Grand Rapids, Mich., marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc., overall towable sales fell 4.4% to 21,934 units from 22,945 a year ago. Totals through the end of the third quarter showed a 1.6% dip to 216,392 units versus 219,845 in 2005.
The decline in September reflects both last year’s inflated numbers generated by travel trailers sold for hurricane relief and a slowing in the market, which has factored into dealers buying more conservatively.
The travel trailer sector declined 3.3% in September, with 13,211 units sold compared with 13,663 last year while sales were up 0.8% to 129,878 units from 128,841 for the nine months.
Other highlights from the September retail report include:
• The fifth-wheel retail market declined 7% for the month to 6,427 units sold from 6,910 the previous year. Year-to-date, fifth-wheel registrations fell 4.8% to 61,600 units versus 64,693 last year.
• September folding camping trailer sales decreased 1.6% to 1,815 units sold compared with 1,845 last year. For the first nine months, the sector dropped 5.8% to 20,883 units sold from 22,177.