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Dealer inventories of new travel trailers, fifth-wheels and folding campers remained tight as of the end of September, a comparison of industry data reveals.
Statistical Surveys Inc. reports 10,758 travel trailers were sold in September in the 47 states from which it was able to gather data. Meanwhile, the members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported shipping 11,400 travel trailers from their factories to dealers in September.
However, Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, was unable to gather retail sales figures for towables from New Hampshire and South Carolina and it does not track sales in Hawaii, Canada and other foreign countries where RVIA members might ship units. Consequently, the gap between retail and wholesale sales in September was narrower than the data indicates.
During the first nine months of this year, Statistical Surveys also reports, 98,946 travel trailers were sold and the RVIA reports 102,000 units were shipped wholesale.
The Statistical Surveys year-to-date totals do not include South Carolina’s August and September sales or any New Hampshire sales in the first nine months of this year.
Meanwhile, there were 5,460 fifth-wheels sold in the 47 states in September and RVIA members shipped 5,900 fifth-wheel units wholesale that month.
During the first nine months of this year, there were 49,003 fifth-wheels retailed in the 47 states and manufacturers reported shipping 49,900 units wholesale in the period.
In the case of folding campers, there were 2,795 units retailed in the 47 states in September and 3,100 units shipped wholesale.
During the first nine months of this year, 32,804 folding campers were sold in the 47 states and 36,200 units werre shipped wholesale.