The retail market for towable RVs remained cool in October, according to data gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.

Fifth-wheels were the towables with the best retail sales in October, although they were down when compared with October 2000. Additionally, the October fifth-wheel sales total was down by a slightly larger percentage than the decline in fifth-wheel sales when the first 10 months of 2001 are compared with the same portion of 2000.

There were 3,829 fifth-wheels retailed during October in the 46 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to obtain data, compared with 4,102 fifth-wheels retailed in the same 46 states during October 2000. That is equivalent to a 6.7% decline.

Statistical Surveys was unable to obtain towable RV sales data in time for its report from Alabama, New Hampshire and Oklahoma. It also does not get retail sales data from Hawaii.

During the first 10 months of 2001, fifth-wheel retail sales were down 4.7% in the 46 states to 47,305 units.

Meanwhile, travel trailer retail sales declined 12.6% in the 46 states in October to 6,407 units, and travel trailers were down 5.8% during the first 10 months of 2001 to 93,339 units.

Folding camper retail sales also declined 25.8% in October to 1,734 units and fold-down sales were down 17.1% during the first 10 months of 2001 to 37,111 units.

Park model sales were down 14.8% in October to 415 units retailed and park models were down 15.5% during the first 10 months of 2001 to 4,503 units.