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The retail markets for new travel trailers and fifth-wheels stayed positive in August, but the amount of the increases, when compared with 2001, were not as large as was the case earlier this year, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Travel-trailer sales increased 4.5% and fifth-wheel sales climbed 3.9% higher when August of this year is compared with August 2001, according to Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm.
There were 11,093 new travel trailers retailed in August in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 10,612 units sold by dealers in the same 47 states in August 2001.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather data from New Hampshire and South Carolina in time for its report, and it does not get retail sales data from Hawaii.
Meanwhile, there were 5,264 new fifth-wheels retailed in the 47 states in August, compared with 5,065 units sold by dealers in the same states a year earlier.
But during the first eight months of this year, retail sales of new travel trailers in the 47 states soared 14.4% higher to 88,154 units, compared with 77,031 units registered in the same 47 he states in the same portion of 2001.
And new fifth-wheel retail sales were up 13.2% in the 47 states after the first eight months of this year to 43,521 units, compared with 38,447 units sold in the same states a year earlier.
However, retail sales of new folding campers and park models plunged sharply lower in August, Statistical Surveys reports.
Folding-camper retail sales declined 20.7% in the 47 states in August to 3,616 units, compared with 4,560 units retailed in the same 47 states a year earlier.
After the first eight months of this year, new folding-camper retail sales in the 47 states were down 7.3% to 29,998 units, versus 32,354 units sold a year earlier.
Park model retail sales also declined 10.3% in August in the 47 states to 477 units, compared with 532 units sold by dealers a year earlier.
After the first eight months of this year, new park model retail sales were up 2.1% in the 47 states to 3,629 units, versus 3,555 units retailed a year earlier.