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Retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and park models were up a robust 14.4% in November, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., but the firm’s president, Tom Walworth, said that was partly because the November 2002 data was understated.
Walworth said the November increase probably was closer to 8.6%.
The November 2003 retail sales total of 11,867 towable units compares with the average of 10,926 in November for the years 1999 through 2001.
The November 2003 total does not include the towable RV units sold by dealers in New Hampshire or Hawaii. Statistical Surveys was unable to collect New Hampshire’s sales figures in time for its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s numbers, Walworth said.
For November 2002, Statistical Surveys reported selling 10,374 travel-trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and park models in the U.S.
Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, reports retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and park models increased 6.8% to 224,363 units in the first 11 months of 2003. That compares with 210,031 in the first 11 months of 2002.
Here is the retail sales breakdown for the various towable RV product types that are tracked by Statistical Surveys:
• Travel-trailer and fifth-wheel retail sales increased 17.2% in November to 10,701 units, compared with 9,133 in November 2002. During the first 11 months of 2003, retail sales of travel trailers and fifth-wheels increased 11.7% to 189,175 units, compared with 169,387 in the same portion of 2002.
• Retail sales of travel trailers alone increased 11.8% in November to 6,306 units, compared with 5,639 a year earlier. During the first 11 months of 2003, travel-trailer retail sales increased 10.4% to 124,512 units, compared with 112,781 units retailed during the first 11 months of 2002.
• Retail sales of fifth-wheels alone increased 25.8% in November to 4,395 units, compared with 3,494 in November 2002. During the first 11 months of 2003, fifth-wheel retail sales increased 14.2% to 64,663 units, compared with 56,606 in the same portion of 2002.
• Folding-camper retail sales declined 2.1% in November to 810 units, compared with 827 a year earlier. In the first 11 months of 2003, folding-camper retail sales fell an even 15% to 30,328 units, compared with 35,701 in the first 11 months of 2002.
• Park model retail sales fell an even 14% in November to 356 units, compared with 414 in November 2002. In the first 11 months of 2003, park model sales declined 1.7% to 4,860 units, compared with 4,943 a year earlier.