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Retail sales of towable RVs remained robust in December, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
The biggest gain occurred in the case of traveler trailers. Sales of travel trailers in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data increased 31% in December to 5,767 units, compared with 4,407 units sold in the same 47 states in December 2001.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather December retail sales data from New Hampshire and South Carolina in time for its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s figures.
The strong December capped a strong 2002 for travel trailers. For all of 2002, a total of 117,750 travel trailers were sold by dealers in the 47 states, a 15% increase over the 102,700 units sold in the same states in 2001.
In the case of fifth-wheels, retail sales increased 19% in the 47 states in December to 3,904 units, compared with 3,269 units sold in the same states a year earlier.
For all of 2002, fifth-wheel retail sales increased 12% to 60,550 units sold in the 47 states, compared with 54,242 units retailed in the same states in 2001.
Folding camper retail sales also increased in December, although they were lower when all of 2002 is compared with 2001.
In December, retail sales of folding campers increased 18% to 809 units sold in the 47 states, compared with 688 units retailed in the same states a year earlier.
However, folding camper sales declined 7% for the entire year to 36,064 units, compared with 38,803 units sold in the 47 states in 2001.
Meanwhile, park model retail sales increased 13% in the 47 states in December to 363 units, compared with 320 sold by dealers in the same states a year earlier.
For all of 2002, park model retail sales increased 3% to 5,292 units, compared with 5,147 units sold in the 47 states in 2001.