Travel-trailer and fifth-wheel markets remained robust in August, with retail sales of travel trailers increasing 12.2% and fifth-wheel sales expanding by 17.8% compared with August 2003, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Folding-camper retail sales remained on the decline while park-model sales improved by 3.1% in August, the independent market research firm also reported.
There was a total of 14,045 travel trailers sold in August by dealers in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 12,521 in August 2003.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather New Hampshire’s retail sales figures in time for its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s data.
After the first eight months of this year, travel-trailer retail sales totaled 108,910 units compared with 97,128 in the same portion of 2003.
Fifth-wheel retail sales for August were 7,418 units compared with 6,299 a year earlier. During the first eight months of this year, fifth-wheel retail sales increased 19.8% to 58,266 units compared with 48,627 in the same period a year earlier.
Here is how the other product categories tracked by Statistical Surveys performed:
* Folding-camper sales declined 7.1% in August to 3,040 units compared with 3,274 a year earlier. After the first eight months of this year, folding-camper retail sales were down 6.4% to 24,138 units compared with 25,794 in the first eight months of 2003.
* A total of 493 park models were sold in August, compared with 478 in August 2003. After the first eight months of this year, park-model retail sales were up 15.2% to 4,032 units compared with 3,499 during the same portion of last year.