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Despite sharply higher gasoline prices, the build-up for the eventual war in Iraq and bad weather in certain parts of the country, retail sales of travel trailers and fifth-wheels were better during February of this year than was the case during February 2002, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Travel trailer retail sales increased 1.9% in February in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, to 7,140 units, compared with 7,008 units sold by dealers during February 2002, Statistical Surveys reported.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather New Hampshire’s retail sales figures in time for its report and it does not gather Hawaii’s sales figures.
After the first two months of this year, retail sales of travel trailers in the 48 states were up 1.8% to 11,771 units, compared with 11,562 units retailed during the first two months of last year.
Meanwhile, fifth-wheel retail sales increased 4.4% in February in the 48 states to 3,948 units, compared with 3,781 units retailed during February 2002. After the first two months of this year, fifth-wheel retail sales were up 2.9% to 6,935 units sold by dealers in the 48 states, compared with 6,740 units retailed in during the first two months of 2002.
However, folding camper and park model retail sales were down sharply in February, Statistical Surveys reports.
Folding camper retail sales fell 21.7% in February to 1,653 units, compared with 2,110 units sold by dealers during February 2002. After the first two months of this year, folding camper retail sales were down 18.9% to 2,389 units, compared with 2,946 units retailed a year earlier.
Park model sales declined 20.1% in February to 242 units, compared with 303 units sold by dealers a year earlier. After the first two months of this year, park models retail sales were down 19.4% to 481 units, compared with 597 units sold by dealers during the first two months of 2002.