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Retail sales of towable RVs were up sharply in February, ranging from 26.7% to 5.5% higher, depending on the product type, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
The biggest increase was in travel trailers, the largest product type within the towable RV category.
Retail sales of travel trailers soared 26.7% higher in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data in February, to 6,715 units. In comparison, dealers in the same 48 states sold 5,298 travel trailers during February 2001.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather retail sales data from New Hampshire in time for its report and it does not gather sales figures from Hawaii.
During the first two months of this year, retail sales of travel trailers climbed 25.6% higher in the 48 states to 11,254 units, compared with 8,960 units retailed in the same states a year earlier, Statistical Surveys reported.
Here is how the other towable RV product categories performed on the retail market in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data:
— Fifth-wheel sales increased 16.4% in February to 3,669 units, compared with 3,153 units sold a year earlier. After the first two months of this year, fifth-wheel sales were up 15.9% to 6,611 units.
— Folding camper sales increased 5.5% in February to 1,998 units, compared with 1,893 units sold a year earlier. After the first two months of this year, folding camper sales were up 1.7% to 2,816 units.
— Park model sales increased 7.4% in February to 290 units, compared with 270 units sold a year earlier. But after the first two months of this year, park model sales were down 2.1% to 593 units.