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Retail sales of travel trailers and fifth-wheels soared higher in March, according to data gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Dealers in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data sold a total of 11,486 travel trailers in March, a 20.4% increase from the 9,537 units retailed during March 2001.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather retail sales data from New Hampshire in time for its report, and it does not gather sales figures from Hawaii.
Meanwhile, dealers in the 48 states sold 5,773 fifth-wheels in March, a 16.8% increase from the 4,944 units they sold a year earlier.
The robust March sales continued the pattern established during the first two months of this year. Consequently, travel trailer retail sales were up 23.1% in the first quarter to 22,739 units and fifth-wheel sales increased 16.3% to 12,383 units.
However, folding camper and park model sales were not as brisk, Statistical Surveys reports.
Folding camper retail sales increased 1.2% in March to 4,065 units and, during the first quarter, folding camper sales climbed 1.4% higher to 6,881 units.
Park model retail sales declined 8.7% in March to 368 units and, during the first quarter, park model sales slipped 4.4% lower to 965 units.