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Retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and park models all declined during April, although the decline in travel trailer sales, the largest category, was only marginal, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Travel-trailer retail sales declined 1.7% in April to 12,230 units, compared with 12,445 units retailed during April 2002.
However, Statistical Surveys’ April data did not include retail sales from Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and South Carolina in time for its report.
After the first four months of this year, retail sales of travel trailers were up 0.4% to 35,892 units, compared with 35,745 units retailed during the same portion of 2002.
Meanwhile, retail sales of fifth-wheels declined 5.9% in April to 6,029 units, compared with 6,409 units sold by dealers during the same month a year earlier.
After first four months of this year, fifth-wheel retail sales were up 0.6% to 19,163 units, compared with 19,055 units retailed during the first four months of 2002.
Retail sales of folding campers continued on a sharp decline in April, apparently because of the growing popularly of expandables, which combine characteristics of travel trailers and folding campers, and are classified as travel trailers.
But retail sales of folding campers, taken by themselves, plunged 26.8% in April to 3,062 units, compared with 4,184 units retailed a year earlier.
After the first four months of this year, folding-camper retail sales were down 23.8% to 8,585 units, compared with 11,269 units sold by dealers during the same portion of last year.
Park model retail sales also declined 3.6% in April to 455 units, compared with 472 units sold by dealers during the same month a year ago.
After the first four months of this year, park model sales were down 3.4% to 1,391 units, compared with 1,440 units retailed a year earlier.