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The retail market for travel trailers, fifth-wheels and folding campers cooled off noticeably in November, when compared with the torrid growth pace travel they experienced earlier in 2002, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Travel-trailer sales were up marginally in November in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, while fifth-wheel retail sales were down slightly, reports Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm.
There were 5,455 travel travel sold in the 47 states in November, a 0.6% increase over the 5,422 units retailed in the same 47 states in November 2001.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather November retail sales data from South Carolina and New Hampshire and it does not collect Hawaii’s data.
Meanwhile, the retail market for travel trailers was much hotter earlier in 2002: here was a 13.8% rate of grow in the first 11 months of 2002 compared with the same portion of 2001. There were 111,876 travel trailers retailed in the 47 states in the first 11 months of 2002, compared with 98,293 units sold by dealers in the same states a year earlier.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather South Carolina’s sales figures for August through November and it received no data from New Hampshire for the first 11 months of last year.
The retail sales performance of the other towable RV categories were:
• Fifth-wheel retail declined 2.4% in the 47 states in November to 3,434 units, compared with 3,520 units sold in the same states a year earlier. In the first 11 months of 2002, fifth-wheel retail increased 11.1% to 56,608 units, compared with 50,973 units sold in the same portion of 2001.
• Folding camper retail declined 25.3% in November to 792 units, compared with 1,060 units sold by dealers in the 47 states a year earlier. In the first 11 months of 2002, folding camper sales declined 7.5% to 35,238 units, compared with 38,112 units retailed in the same period a year earlier.
• Park model retail increased 9.7% in November to 396 units, compared with 361 units sold in the 47 states a year earlier. During the first 11 months of 2002, park model sales increased 1.6% to 4,902 units, compared with 4,827 units sold in the same period a year earlier.