The retail market for towable RVs was red hot in February with travel trailer sales increasing 23.6% and fifth-wheel sales expanding by 33.3% when compared with February 2003, according to Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm.
The Statistical Surveys data includes sales by dealers in all states except New Hampshire and Hawaii.
There were 8,844 travel trailers sold by dealers in the 48 states in February, compared with 7,157 units sold to retail buyers in February 2003, Statistical Surveys reports.
After the first two months of this year, retail sales of travel trailers were up 20.2% to 14,201 units, compared with 11,816 units sold by dealers a year earlier.
Concerning fifth-wheels, 5,346 units were retailed in February, compared with 4,009 units sold by dealers a year earlier. During the first two months of this year, fifth-wheel retail sales climbed 27.9% higher to 9,001 units, compared with 7,039 units sold during the first two months of last year.
There also was a sharp increase in dealer-to-consumer sales of park models, Statistical Surveys reports.
There were 308 park models sold by dealers to retail buyers in February, a 32.8% increased when compared with the 232 units retailed during February 2003. During the first two months of this year, park model retail sales increased 32.4% to 609 units, compared with 460 units sold by dealers to retail buyers during the same period a year earlier.
Even the folding camper market, which has been on decline the last few years due to the availability of attractive substitute products, posted a marginal increase during February, Statistical Surveys reports.
There were 1,676 folding campers retailed during February, a 1.2% increase when compared with the 1,656 units sold by dealers a year earlier. After the first two months of this year, folding camper retail sales were up 1.7% to 2,440 units, compared with 2,400 units sold to consumers a year earlier.