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Retail sales of towable RVs cooled-off during May, when compared with the first four months of this year, according to data gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
In the case of travel trailers, the largest towable RV category, retail sales increased 0.7% in May in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, to 11,529 units. During May of 2001, there were 11,455 travel trailers sold by dealers in the same 47 states, according to Statistical Surveys.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather data from New Hampshire and Utah and it does not collect retail sales figures from Hawaii.
But after the first five months of this year, travel trailer retail sales were up a robust 14.8% to 45,929 units, compared with 40,008 travel trailers retailed in the 47 states during the first five months of 2001.
Meanwhile, fifth-wheel retail sales increased 1.2% in the 47 states to 5,602 units. During the first five months of this year, fifth-wheel retail sales climbed 12.6% higher in the same 47 states to 23,920 units.
Folding camper retail sales slipped 2.8% lower in May to 4,568 units and folding camper sales were down 2.1% in the 47 states during the first five months of this year to 15,537 units.
Park model retail sales declined 0.6% in the 47 states during May to 474 units and park model sales were 3.4% lower in the 47 states during the first five months of this year to 1,854 units.