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                                                                                                                                               Retail sales of towable RVs climbed 7.3% in October from a year ago and 9% for the first 10 months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc.

Results by category showed:

• Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 6.9% for the month and 10.9% year-to-date.

• Fifth-wheel registrations were up 10.2% in October and 6% for the 10 months.

• Folding camping trailer sales were down 7.3% for the month and 3.3% through October.

• Recreational park trailer sales dipped 2.6% in October and 0.3% for the 10 months.

Forest River Inc. was the towable sales leader through October with a 36.6% market share, edging out Thor Industries Inc. which captured a 36.3% share. Jayco Inc. was No. 3 with a 13% share.

By segment, Forest River was No. 1 in travel trailer sales for the 10 months with a 37.5% market share, ahead of Thor (33.9%) and Jayco (14.5%). Thor was No. 1 in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 49.2% market share, followed by Forest River (30.5%) and Jayco (8.9%).

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader year-to-date with a 64.6% market share while Jayco (14%) held the No. 2 position followed by Columbia Northwest/Aliner Inc. (11%). In the park model segment, Kropf Manufacturing Co. Inc. was No. 1 with a 15.7% share, followed by Skyline Corp. (12.2%) and Thor (11.4%).

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 901-8335 (cell).