Motorhome dealers “lost one week of sales” immediately following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, but the impact of the shocking events was not long-lasting, according to Tom Walworth, President of Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
After adjusting for the fact four states did not get their September motorhome sales figures compiled in time, Statistical Surveys’ data shows Class A motorhome retail sales were down 17.7% and Class C sales were down 11.3% when September 2001 is compared with September 2000.
The states not reporting their September data in time are Alabama, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Utah.
Normally, Statistical Surveys data includes RV retail sales data from all states except Hawaii.
Statistical Surveys data shows 3,019 Class A motorhomes were sold in the 45 reporting states during September, compared with 3,666 units sold in the same 45 states during September 2000.
Meanwhile, there were 1,118 Class C’s sold in the same 45 states last September, compared with 1,261 Class C’s sold a year earlier.
The September retail sales figures did not mark a dramatic departure from the pattern established earlier this year.
For example, Class A sales in the 45 states were down 13.4% in the third quarter to 9,017 units and they were down 16.8% during the first nine months of this year to 26,113 units.
Class C sales in the 45 states declined 7.4% in the third quarter to 3,818 units and they were down 18.3% during the first nine months of this year to 10,898 units, Statistical Surveys reports.