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Independent market research firm Statistical Surveys Inc. has concluded that several states supplied it with incomplete motorhome retail sales numbers for December, which resulted in figures that made the market appear softer than it was.
Consequently, Statistical Surveys now believes the best way to analyze the motorhome market is to compare its entire 2003 numbers with its 2002 figures, according to Tom Walworth, the company’s president.
Statistical Surveys reports Class A motorhome retail sales increased 4.7% in 2003 to 39,253 units, compared with 37,481 in 2002.
Sales of Class C’s increased 5.4% in 2003 to 16,955 units, compared with 16,088 units in 2002.
The Statistical Surveys figures included sales by dealers in 48 states. New Hampshire and Hawaii sales were not included in the 2003 or 2002 totals.
December data that Statistical Surveys has received so far showed Class A and Class C sales were sharply lower when compared with December 2002.
Statistical Surveys checked its December sales totals with the warranty registration figures from several manufacturers and concluded that some states did not provide complete totals prior to the deadline for the report, Walworth said.