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The retail market for travel trailers and fifth-wheels remained robust in September, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Retail sales of travel trailers climbed 18.3% higher in September to 10,758 units in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 9,091 units retailed in the same 47 states a year earlier.
Statistical Surveys was unable to obtain retail sales data from New Hampshire and South Carolina in time for its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s retail sales data.
After the first nine months of this year, retail sales of travel trailers were up 14.9% to 98,946 units, compared with 86,122 units sold by dealers during the same portion of 2001.
Statistical Surveys’ year-to-date figures do not include New Hampshire sales for the first nine months of this year and it does not include South Carolina sales occurring in August and September.
Here are the retail sales results for the other towable RV product categories followed by Statistical Surveys:
• Fifth-wheel retail increased 11.3% in September to 5,460 units in the 47 states, compared with 4,906 units sold by dealers in September 2001.
• Fifth-wheel retail sales were up 12.9% after the first nine months of this year to 49,003 units, compared with 43,389 units sold by dealers during the same portion of 2001.
• Folding-camper retail sales declined 3.6% in September to 2,795 units, compared with 2,898 units retailed in the same 47 states a year earlier.
• Folding camper retail declined 7% in the first nine months of this year to 32,804 units, compared with 35,276 units sold by dealers in the same period a year earlier.
• Park model retail sales declined 3.7% in September to 467 units, compared with 485 units sold by dealers in September 2001.
• Park model retail was up 1.2% after the first nine months of this year to 4,097 units, compared with 4,047 units sold by dealers in the same period a year earlier.