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Retail sales of towable RVs improved in February but motorhome sales slid to a lower level, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.

Retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and park models declined 5.3% in February to 10,554 units, Statistical Surveys reported.

However, due to sluggish sales in January, retail sales of towable RVs was down 8.5% during the first two months of this year to 17,965 units, compared with 19,630 towable RV units retailed during the first two months of 2000.

Meanwhile, retail sales of Class A and Class C motorhomes declined 28.5% in February to 2,993 units. After the first two months of this year, motorhome sales were down 24.1% to 5,657 units.

The towable RV and motorhome sales figures for February do not include retail sales from South Carolina because that state had not completed its tabulations, Statistical Surveys reports.

Here are the February and year-to-date retail sales figures for specific product categories:

Travel trailer sales declined 4% in February to 5,260 units and, after the first two months of this year, were down 10.5% to 8,932 units.

Fifth-wheel sales declined 4.6% in February to 3,146 units and, after the first two months of this year, were down 5.5% to 5,670 units.

Folding camper sales declined 4.9% in February to 1,883 units and, after the first two months of this year, were down 5.5% to 2,754 units.

Park model sales declined 31.2% in February to 265 units and, after the first two months of this year, were down 16.7% to 609 units.

Class A motorhome sales declined 29.1% in February to 2,237 units and, after the first two months of this year, were down 24.6% to 4,262 units.

Class C motorhome sales declined 26.6% in February to 756 units and, after the first two months of this year, were down 22.7% to 1,395 units.